The Afternoon Train

He sits down with his own cup of tea And waits by the stall for the afternoon train The autumn winds wail like a lone wolf’s cry And takes him back to a small-town lane His eyes grow weary, his fingers grow frail The tea tastes sour like tears in his eyes An old man’s…

Once

Once I was a brother, once I was a son Once I had a dream of girl who’d be the one Living by the dirt road, life was such a thrill I sure miss those times I know I always will Growing up was easy time just flew on by Folks in my hometown never…

Leaves

Leaves, they blow in the wind in the sun It seems they’ve got no place to go Faded and forgotten in the whirls of time They howl in the night crying high and low Everyday I see people falling in love They give their heart just to take it back Like the leaves in autumn,…

Ik Lamha ‘Zafar’

I wrote the ‘Maqta’ of this Ghazal after meeting someone for the very first time. Luckily now she’s a good friend of mine. I won’t give the name out though 🙂 Ghazal shauq farmiaaye.

Ode to Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli

From My trip to Ballimaaran. 26th June 2005Gali Qaasim Jaan was wrapped in fading darkness. A few tattered curtains hung listlessly on some doors. Pigeons flew overhead and some kids fought over marbles. Somewhere a goat tethered to a threshold, bleated timidly.This was Ballimaaran in the walled city of Delhi more than 150 years ago…

My Dream

Down by the rocks, down by the shore Way over yonder there’s an open door Life there is free like the wide-open sky And I’ll never know where the time’s gone by I still remember when I left home With an old fiddle and the songs I owned But the world didn’t care and I…

When I Was Fourteen

Many years ago when I was fourteen I fell in love with a sweet seventeen And yes, I knew she’d be the one The light of my life that I’d never seen The way our love was, seems just like a tale Where the waves, they soar, while lovers sail On the ship of dreams…

Maine Poocha Chand Se Karaoke

Maine Poocha Chaand Se – Movie: Abdullah Original Artist: Mohammad Rafi I sang this Hindi song on my Aunt’s music group’s request. My first time ever singing no a mic. Much before I picked up Guitar 🙂 Recorded: April 2005, Haslett MI.

Flame of Love

Shadows of my past still follow me around Each time I return to this old town It seems they will stay forever and ever Till the moon’s up above and skies fall down I’ve traveled far in this life that I’ve known Been to the mountains, but never felt alone For I always knew she’d…

Cowboys Never Cry

Lost his farm and family in Fall of ‘forty one And he never knew he’d be on the run Holding to his heart all he ever had Searching for a place, oh under the sun Stuck there on the highway in the summer rain Longing for the faces he wouldn’t see again He cried out…

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