Sambhar

of 69 (lyrics)

I had my first real six rupees,

Stole it from my father’s pants.

went to a madrasi hotel,

to eat the sambhar of 69.

Me and some kadke dost,

had it all and we caught bukhaar,

jimy puked, joey got ulcers,

and Bagga ne maari dakar.

 

Oh when I went back there now,

the food was as stale as ever,

and though it was 1999,

still the sambhar was being served over there,

 

that was the worst food of my life.

 

Therez no use in complaining,

when you got no other place to eat,

rushed in the evening to the doctors clinic,

but he too was at the toilet seat, yeah

 

standing there waiting outside,

nurse told me I will wait forever,

oh and when I held my breath,

I knew that I had to use that loo there

That was the worst food of my life.

 

Back to the sambhar of 69.

 

Man I was getting killed,

I was full and restless,

I needed to unwind,

I guess nothing can wait forever – FOREVER… NO!!!!

 

And now the dhabas are changing,

new dishes have come and gone,

sometimes when I pass that old madrasi lane,

I still smell it, I can’t be wrong.

 

Standing in those unwashed clothes,

the waiters still call me in there,

oh the way my nostrils burn,

I know that it will be served forever,

what was the worst food of my life.

 

yeah it was the sambhar of 69,

the sambhar, the sambhar, the sambhar of 69 ……………

 

Original Summer of 69

I got my first real six-string

Bought it at the five-and-dime

Played it till my fingers bled

It was the summer of ’69

Me and some guys from school

Had a band and we tried real hard

Jimmy quit and Jody got married

I shoulda known we’d never get far

Oh when I look back now

That summer seemed to last forever

And if I had the choice

Ya – I’d always wanna be there

Those were the best days of my life

Ain’t no use in complainin’

When you got a job to do

Spent my evenin’s down at the drive-in

And that’s when I met you

Standin’ on your mama’s porch

You told me that you’d wait forever

Oh and when you held my hand

I knew that it was now or never

Those were the best days of my life

Back in the summer of ’69

Man we were killin’ time

We were young and restless

We needed to unwind

I guess nothin’ can last forever – forever, no

And now the times are changin’

Look at everything that’s come and gone

Sometimes when I play that old six-string

I think about ya wonder what went wrong

Standin’ on your mama’s porch

You told me it would last forever

Oh the way you held my hand

I knew that it was now or never

Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of ’69

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