Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hey, Where Is My Anthem ...

Where are our protest songs , which ones can be our anthem ...

I was born by the river 
In a little tent 
And just like the river 
I've been running ever since 

It's been a long, long time coming 
But I know a change gonna come 
Oh, yes it will

It's been too hard living 
But I'm afraid to die 
I don't know what's up there beyond the sky 
It's been a long, long time coming 
But I know a change gonna come 
Oh yes it will 

I go to the movie, and I go downtown
Somebody keep tellin me "don't hang around"
It's been a long, a long time coming, 
But i know a change gonna come 
Oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother 
I say brother help me please 
But he winds up knocking me 
Back down on my knees 

There's been times that I thought 
I wouldn't last for long 
But now I think I'm able to carry on 
It's been a long, long time coming 
But I know a change is gonna come 
Oh, yes it will

And there is the great song from Les Mis ...

Of course we need not borrow from the foreigners ... we have our own great songs and anthems ... let me introduce you to Dr. Sam & Mufazir, Saya Anak Malaysia.

Bulan 5 aku dilahirkan
Di sebuah negeri yang diberi nama

( 2 )
Selepas itu aku dibesarkan
Aku belajar di sekolah orang putih
Dekat dengan Pasir Puteh

Saya Anak Malaysia ( 4X )

( 3 )
Lepas sekolah aku merayau
Negeri mat saleh aku merantau
Tempat orang indah sekali
Tapi MALAYSIA dekat di hati

Saya Anak Malaysia ( 4X )

Sampai masa aku pun balik
Tapi makweku nampak pelik
Dia kata nak jadi apa
Aku kata itu Tuhan punya kuasa

Saya Anak Malaysia ( 4X )

( 4 )
Lemah lembut sopan santun
Sudah menjadi darah dagingku
Walaupun aku nampaknya kutu
Aku hormat orang tuaku

Saya Anak Malaysia ( 4X )

(Ulang 2,3 & 4)

Here In My Home by various Malaysian artistes.

My all time fav ... its a kind of protest song but its more than that. It talks about being one with the earth and all that live on it. Its a matter of respecting the soul of one and all, and in many ways our struggle for transparency, clarity, integrity in our regulating bodies, caring for our weakest links .... its all represented in the song. Against oppression, against corruption ...  The great, no, the greatest ... Zainal Abidin ...