SYL

Sidhu Moose Wala

In his track "SYL," Moosewala lists issues faced by Punjab in its relationship with the Indian central government. The main concern highlighted is the appropriation of Punjab's water resources through the ongoing construction of the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal. Moosewala cautions that such persistent maltreatment cannot be accepted any longer.

Lyrics Overview

Lyrics Translated

[INTRO] Voice: Sushil Gupta (Indian politician)

Punjab mein hamari sarkaar aagyi hai,

Our party (Aam Admi Party) has won in Punjab

2024 mein Haryana main hamari sarkaar aa rahi hai

In 2024, our party will win in Haryana

2025 mein har khet ke dolay par pani ponchengay

In 2025, every farmer [in Haryana] will have water for their fields

Ye hamara vaida nahi hai, guarantee hai

This is not a promise, but a guarantee

SYL 

Oh sanu sadda pichhokad te sadda lana dedyo

Return to us our original Punjab and our community 

Oh Chandigarh, Himachal, te Haryana de dedyo

Return Chandigarh, Himachal, and Haryana to us

Ho jinna chir sanu sovereignty da raah ni dinde

Until a path to achieve our sovereignty is given to us, 

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Oh kon si att te attwadi gawahi dedeyo

Give your verdict: who were the terrorists and extremists?

Hunn taan bandi Singha nu rihai de deyo

At least release the captive Singhs who completed their sentence

Oh jinna chir sadde hatho hathkadiyan lah ni dinde

Until they release our handcuffs

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Oh wadda soch tu wadda, niyat choti waleya

Think bigger, you have such ill intentions 

Kyun paggan naal khainda firda topi aaleya

Why do you hat-wearers [police, ministers] mess with the turbaned men?

Oh Moose Wala bina mange oh salah ni dinde

Moose Wala doesn’t give unsolicited advice to anyone

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

[Interlude] Voice: Deep Sidhu talking about Babbu Maan

“Mein aap de pyo te maarey te ehna nahi roya si”

I didn’t cry this much at my own father’s death 

“Jihna Nishan Sahib charhaun te roya”

As I did when I saw the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) flying 

Hun edha mein ki matlab ki kaddhan

Now, what am I supposed to make of this?

Nale edhar naale odhar, duniya badi hisabi

The world is very calculating, they’ll play both sides

Nishan jhoole te fir ronda kyun si adab Punjabi

Why did Babbu Maan cry when the Nishan [Sahib] was raised?

Oh jinna chir assi dogleyan de baah ni dinde

Until we boycott these hypocrites

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ho pani da ki hai pani ta pula thallo wagna 

Water is not a big deal, it just flows wherever it can

Sanu naal rala lo lakh paave thalle ni lagna 

We can join you, but we won’t be controlled by you

Oh dabke de naal mangde oh assi taan ni dinde

You demand control of our waters with threats, so we won’t give it

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Oh kalam ni rukni nitt nawa hunn gana aau

My pen won’t stop, new songs will be released every day

Je na tale fir mudd Balwinder Jatana aau

If you don’t stop, Balwinder Jatana will return

Fer putt begane nehran ch deka la hi dinde

Then the river will be blocked by brave sons

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

Ohna chir pani chaddo tupka ni dende

Till then, forget about water, we won’t give a single drop

[Outro] Voice: Satya Pal Malik (Governor of Meghalaya)

Ye jo Akal takht tohra hai enka

The Akaal Takht that you have destroyed of the Sikhs

Ye to 600 saal vi nahi bhoolte

The Sikhs won’t forget it for 600 years

Mein sure hoon ke ye mujhe maaregay

I (Indira Gandhi) am sure that they will kill me

Mene Indiraji ko ye ilham tha ke yeh mujhe maaregay

Indira Gandhi knew that the Sikhs will kill her after Operation Blue Star

Aur unoh ne maara

And they killed her

General Vaidya ko ohne Pune meh jaa ke maara

They traveled to Pune to kill General Vaidya 

General O’Dwyer ko London meh jaa ke maara

They traveled to London to kill General Michael O’Dwyer

In kaumo ko patience ka test mat karo

Do not test their patience of these communities [Sikhs]

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Song Breakdown

SYL is the first song released after Sidhu Moosewala’s death. In it, Sidhu is frustrated by Punjab’s lack of control over its waters. He attacks the Satluj Yamuna Link canal which would require Punjab to share a big portion of its water with Haryana. Both states are in a water crisis largely from water mismanagement and the emphasis on rice production. While Sidhu also mentions other issues pertaining to Punjab’s relations with the Indian central government including: Operation Blue Star, police brutality, captive Sikh activists, and farmer rights many of these issues stem from the gross mismanagement of water by the Indian central government. With alarming water loss in many Indian states there has been no coordinated effort to address this issue. While Sidhu is well known for gangster rap brand, SYL shows his artistic ability to voice the frustrations of his people while raising awareness about an important social issue. #SavePunjabWaters

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