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Lakdi Ki Kaathi

This is a classic song that many children in India grew up with.





Chorus:
lakdi ki kaathi kaathi pe ghoda
ghode ki dum pe jo maara hathauda
dauda dauda dauda ghoda dum utha ke dauda

ghoda pahuncha chauk mein chauk mein tha naai
ghodeji ki naai ne hazaamat jo banaai
takbak takbak takbak takbak
mein chauk mein tha naai
ghodeji ki naai ne hazaamat jo banaai
dauda dauda dauda ghoda dum utha ke dauda

(Chorus)

ghoda tha ghamandi pahuncha sabji mandi
sabji mandi baraf padi thi baraf mein lag gai thandi
takbak takbak takbak takbak
ghoda tha ghamandi pahuncha sabji mandi
sabji mandi baraf padi thi baraf mein lag gai thandi
dauda dauda dauda ghoda dum utha ke dauda

(Chorus)

ghoda apana tagda hai dekho kitani charbi hai
chalta hai mehrauli mein par ghoda apna arabi hai
ghoda apana tagda hai dekho kitani charbi hai
chalta hai mehrauli mein par ghoda apna arabi hai
baanh chhuda ke dauda ghoda dum utha ke dauda

(Chorus)

(English translation from Hindi)

Chorus:
A frame of wood, a horse on the frame,

When the hammer struck on the horse's behind,
Ran, ran, the horse ran with its tail high.

The horse reached the square, on the square there was a barber,
And when the barber started shaving the dear horse,
takbak takbak, takbak takbak (the sound of horse's hooves)
The horse reached the square, on the square there was a barber,
And when the barber started shaving the dear horse,
Ran, ran, the horse ran with its tail high.

(Chorus)

The horse was proud, reached the vegetable market,
In the market there was snow, in the snow it caught cold,
takbak takbak, takbak takbak (the sound of horse's hooves)
The horse was proud, reached the vegetable market,
In the market there was snow, in the snow it caught cold,
Ran, ran, the horse ran with its tail high.

(Chorus)

Our horse is strong, see how much fat it has
It walks in Mehrauli (in Delhi), but our horse is an Arabic one
Our horse is strong, see how much fat it has
It walks in Mehrauli (in Delhi), but our horse is an Arabic one
It ran releasing its arm, with the tail high.

(Chorus)