Tarapada Das Baul

Ghoshpara, Neemtala, Maheshpur, Malda

Within my mind whose call do I hear? (Monomajhe Jeno Kaar Daak Shona Jai)

Within my mind whose call do I hear? (x2)
Who is it who ardently grasps
Both my hands, drawing me near?
Within my mind whose call do I hear?

The gestures, the signs, the eye
Beckon; to walk away I try
In vain; stunned by those soundless words
Which ask ‘must you go?’ as my footsteps veer.

Within my mind whose call do I hear?

I heed not, yet I tarry
I look thither, my sight grows weary
I see naught, and then I glance within
I see him waiting for me therein.

Within my mind whose call do I hear?

He’s my soul-mate; to him my heart is wed,
I hold him near, why many miles I tread?
The good man, he my wrongs forgives
Wrapped in love, my soul he keeps.

Within my mind whose call do I hear?

Recorded in February 2011 in Malda, WB

Translated by Parjanya Sen