Punjabi Girl (Vin Garbutt)This is a featured page

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Her father left the Punjab in the war of forty-seven,
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A boy of two whose parents knew too well why they were leaving.
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A nation and a land divided, many families grieving,
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Those who have to lose so much for what they do believe in.

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I never thought I'd fall for someone from another world

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Til I met and fell in love with a dark Punjabi girl.


Her parents moved to Acklam back in nineteen sixty-nine.
Very soon a bora moon shone on this love of mine.
I met her in the Linthorpe Road, her hair a raven sheen.
So sweet and shy, she caught my eye, the likes I've never seen.

Her eyes were bright and black as night, like jet off Whitby shore.
Her cheek possessed a patina no tulip ever bore.
Her loveliness in Eastern dress placed others in the shade
But never yet, do I regret the choice of this dark maid.

When we did declare our love to parents unsuspecting,
Her father said she'd see him dead if she was disrespecting
The ways of old, that crock of gold, that was her own tradition.
It mattered to treat western ways with ultimate suspicion.

Likewise when my mother found a brown girl I had chosen
With great distress she stressed that there were white girls by the dozen
To hold me and to care for me, but I could not be shaken;
The heart I'd lost in Linthorpe Road had been forever taken.

So now we live in Stockton town, our future long decided.
Just one great sadness from the past; our families divided.
My parents, they cannot forgive, and hers tried to forget her.
Though we have children of our own who'll make the future better,
There is a part of each of us permanently grieving
For those who have to lose so much for what they do believe in.


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