‘Vidai Kodu Naade’ by Jessica on the Super Singer Junior TV program in Chennai from the film 2002 “Kannathil Muthamittal” with music written by A.R. Rahman
This is a song sung by an Eelam Tamil teenager Jessica living with her parents in Tamil Nadu for her grandmother, who is currently living in Canada. Jessica’s song is dedicated to her grandmother who is dreaming of going back to her homeland. Many who left their homeland have this urge. The song “Vidai Kodu Naade by Jessica” is in Tamil, as is the conversation. The song title can be translated as “Give Me Permission, Our Country”. The YouTube segment is 12 minutes long and includes a critique of the song by the judges, and a short talk by both Jessica’s mother and grandmother.
Lyric of Vidai Kodu Naade in Tamil & English
vidai kodu engal naade
grant me farewell my land
kadal vaasal thelikkum veede
where the sea washes against our doorstep
panai mara kaadae, paravaigal koode
you, the forests of palm and you pigeons
marumurai oru murai paarpoma?
will I ever see you again?
udhattil punnagai pudhaithom
as we part, let us spread a smile across our lips
uyirai udambukkuL pudhaithom
let us hide our soul in our bodies
verum koodugaL mattum oorvalam pogindrom
we are journeying from here only as empty shells
grant me farewell
kandhal aanaalum thaai madi pol
oru sugham varuma? varuma? (2)
even if our mother is dressed in rags, is there anything more comforting than her lap?
oru sudhandhiram varuma? varuma?
even if we go to heaven, will it ever be as comfortable as our own village
kaN thirandha desam ange
in this country I opened my eyes
kaN moodum desam enge? (2)
but I know not where they will shut
pirivoam nadhighale pizhaithaal varugirom
let us break up now you rivers, and if errors are made I shall try to come back
meendum thaayagam azhaithaal varugirom
if my motherland weeps again, I shall come try to back