You make a very good point Gyaniji.
In all honesty, I had overlooked that point completely and never gave it much thought.
But I'll be honest here, the last time I met him, he was too commercial.
It seems that he doesn't sing from his heart any more but more from his wallet.
To do songs just on the basis of their selling and commercial factor was not how this musician started off.
Apna punjab hove, doesn't need the commercial jatt addition of kar di sharaab, since we have plenty of other jatt sharabi songs.
He makes it sound as if the sharab is a necessity for a true punjabi, which is clearly not the case.
Yes the song talks about the relaxed life of the jatt at home sitting on his manja. Then eating his onion, ghee, saag and makhi di roti prepared by his homely mother.
Many punjabis like this relationship tied in with rural village life in punjab, but the home made liquor is too much of the edge.
I mean does the jatt have his kind mother cooking and cleaning for him and feeding him endless rotis with ghee and sagh whilst he sits there on his manja like a nawaab or royal figure drinking and pouring his desi liquor ??
I'm sure that my mother or any mother would love that job of serving the drunken nawaab.
For Gurdas Maan fans out there, you will all know that in his last verse he always sends a message which is usually very meaningful and gurmat sometimes.
However in this song he says
- apne goriyan kolohn haal puchann pind da, marjaney mana kio punjab janda kinda, kadey kisey rahi kolon vaak na janaab hove'-
-I ask my fellow villager about the state of Goriyan (village)
-Oh, why my humble Mann is punjab disintegrating ?
-Never from any ravi or from the ravi(river) should the chenab river be separated.
So here he has gone on to talk about the partition of the river ravi and chenab in pakistan punjab and India.
(But the sober verse has drifted from the message of staying sober)
I think that his 80's music and lyrics were the best and probably untouchable. Even then there was the sharab song 'Vadiya sharibian ve' - which was sang as if the liquor was speaking to the alcoholic.
It was saying that - ''you are the big drunk always finishing and emptying me, BUT I shall keep an account of all the times you have drank and finished me, then one day, tomorrow, I shall drink and finish you.''
Meaning that in the end the liquor will win and stay whilst the alcoholic's lfe will come to an end on account of the liquor.
Anyway, I will finish my little rant by saying-
Vakhiyan diyan galan shadoe, dil saaf hona chahida.