My personal favourite song from Slumdog

Everyone is raving about Jai Ho from Slumdog, but this one is my personal favourite. The words are beautiful (ok, so ignore the dreams on fire verse). While it’s meant to be a love song, to me it reads like a prayer.

Rahman uses the “Re ga re ga” phrase often in his songs. He uses it in the taans he creates in Luka Chuppi from Rang De Basanti, and in the tune of Jaage Hain Der Tak from Guru. He uses it here as well to beautiful effect.

Lyrics:
You are my waking dream,
You’re all thats Real to me
You are the magic in the world I see.

You are the prayer I sing,
You brought me to my knees
You are the faith that makes me believe.

Dreams on fire, higher and higher
passion burning on the pyre
Once was forever Yours
in me, all Your heart,
Dreams on fire, higher and higher.

You are my ocean waves,
You are my thought each day
You are the laughter from childhood games.

You are the spark of dawn,
You are where I belong
You are the ache I feel in every song.

Dreams on fire, higher and higher
passion burning on the pyre
Once was forever Yours
in me, all Your heart,
Dreams on fire, higher and higher.

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