Poetry

                       

LYRICS

in alphabetical order, with brief descriptor of topic/ content

* All lyrics by Suraj Mani

except ** 'Marianne's Song' by Marianne Williamson & 'You Said, I Agreed' by Anita Nair

 

 

AIN'T THAT SOMETHING          

love's reward

AN ODE TO LIFE                              

the inevitability of DEATH

AN ODE TO LIFE                                

the cycle of SAMSARA

AN ODE TO LIFE                               

the sweetness of DECAY

AN ODE TO LIFE                                

the subtle switch, TIME

AN ODE TO LIFE                                

the wonder of BIRTH

ANXIOUS ATTACHMENT                

thoughts on parenting

APHRODITE                                        

a love song

BEFORE ONE MILLION COMES ONE      

inspiration, mother theresa

BIG BROTHER KNOWS

Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 and events in todays world. My opinion - “No Law Can Be Greater Than Any One Human Right!”

BLOOD IN THE APPLE                

9/11

BROKEN                                          

stunning in its  courage to be happy

CALL ME…

scary situation, not knowing KILLS

CHANGE                                            

Tibet, the Dalai Lama

CHASING THE SUN                      

"Time is the actual Distance between people"

COMMON MAN                              

on cleaning up my country

DISILLUSIONED                            

"all this has happened before, we're just the re-runs"

DISTANT TURNOUTS

every time a disaster happens somewhere in the world, musicians get together somewhere else  and do a show, this song examines whether that makes sense

DUPLICITY                                        

"ball's to the monkeys", on criticism

FIELDS OF SOUND                        

a homage to music, a homage to musicians

HELEN                                                

for a beautiful woman I met

HEY THERE LIL BIRD                    

"how can we own mother earth, don't we belong to her?"

HOPES NOT FEARS                        

an aging parent to his child on how he/she is still bound to his/her home and the memories in it

I GAMBLE ON                                    

something I wrote for a TEDx

I'M FINE                                              

on separation, sad and yet holding to hope

INADVERTANT FEMINIST            

"gender is a blessing, it is NOT a prison"

IT'S NOT THE FINGER                    

"you were born an original, don't die a copy"

JIHAD                                                    

I believe in Jihad, If LOVE is the weapon

KAIROS ON WINGS                          

on Indie music, "No army can stop an idea whose time has come", Kairos - the greek God of the opportune moment

KARMIC STEPS                                  

"too inured by what sometimes surrounds me, to reach for that which lay beyond"

LA PETITE MORT                              

the little death, the Big O

LISTEN LIKE THE BLIND              

 in matters of music, trust the ears above all

MAHABALI                                          

On King Mahabali, Onam, an utopian society

MAKTUB                                                

it is written, and by your hands it's re-written

MAMA DIPS YOU IN PRAYER          

a lullaby, "go to sleep without fear, wake up without prejudice"

MARIANNE'S SONG**

thoughts from MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, inspired the hell out of me!!!

MAYA                                                      

" 'Maya' the name suits her well, this little life has never been"

MINDSTREET                                      

believe me, not in me. Come act your dream in Mindstreet

MONA

 Love story gone wrong

MONEY                                                  

there's money that breathes and money that bleeds,

NO CONTEST                                   

the meek who one day will inherit this world, when we'd rather co-author it's history

O WHAT A WOMAN                           

"and i want to tell her something about her, that will live in her eyes"

ONE WHITE LINE

a song written in traffic, not ‘inspired’ by it

PARTY FOR WARRIORS                    

"we ain't here to save anybody, the max we do is help"

POLICY MAN                                        

"do you pimp around for death, birthing children that are scary, soldiers fresh from mama's bed"

PRISON CHAINS                                

work is an important part of life, it's not life itself

QUESTIONS                                          

"questions dipped in poison, burning with seeds of doubt"

RISE UP                                                  

"victory lies in what we start, not 'who' or 'what' we stop"

SOME DOORS HAVE OPENED        

"and some doors once opened, can never be closed again"

SOUL CORPORATIONS                      

"religion's just a shadow of God, illumined by thought and understanding, sullied by the ambiguity of words"

SSSH…LISTEN                                      

"sssh...listen to the insane prediction, reality wavers in the face of conviction"

TATHAGATA                                       

"He who lives in the 'now', who knows no other time, he who lives in the 'here', who knows no other space"

THE BANKER'S CRIME

"we sign papers where the bank tells us to. What if they are cheating us?, as i once found out."

THE GIFT            

 "Go on, look around, re-cognize your Gift, it's every single thing that cannot be bought"

THE MASQUERADE

"Now that we're back, it's clear that nothing lasts forever"

THE MEDIA PIMP                              

"Whatever happened to the great reporter?"

THE SILENT KILLERS                      

a reaction that came specifically to the Boston bombings and connects to all similar stuff out there

THE TATTVA TRIP                              

there are no secrets, only unpracticed truths

THE TYRANT'S BOOK OF MANAGEMENT

an observation on how some people retain their jobs and hold onto their chairs by creating problems that are not there, and then solving them

THE UGLY INDIAN

Dedicated to the Ugly Indians who keep our country clean.

THE WIN

For the Olympians of our country and medallists who bring back 'Promethean Sparks' for us.

THE WORLD SMILES                        

a take on the way various people in the world smile

TRIBES OF BABEL                              

appreciate your similarities, celebrate your differences

WALK ON                                                

i'm the human spirit, walking on

WE'RE INDIAN TOO                            

it's time you learnt this country, is bigger, we're bigger than you

WHAT ABOUT THE BEES?

a good bee-keeper will take the honey AND leave enough for the bee to thrive. the 'takers' and the 'givers'

WHEN I WAS ME                                  

does an alzheimers patient forget what he/she thinks is important, the last

WHOLE                                                    

a song on forgiveness, "everyone needs someone believing they never went that wrong"

WOLF IS BACK                                        

part of a pack, one of a kind

YOU ARE UNLIKE YOUR MOTHERS SON        

estranged brothers, regret

YOUR EPITAPH                                        

the whole internet thingy, on social media, the illusion and the reality of interconnectedness

YOU SAID, I AGREED

 

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