Itatawid, Ihahatid Kita…

Nais ko sana kayong yayain
Na ang tadhana ating baguhin
At ipamana sa ating mga anak ang isang bukas na maningning

Ibig ko sana kayong yakagin
Sa isang panata at adhikain
Upang pag-asa ay muling mahagilap at sa isa’t isa gawi’t sabihin

Na sa gitna ng maigting at marahas na kahirapan
Itatawid, itatawid kita
Hanggang sa ating marating ang totoong kapayapaan,
Ihahatid, ihahatid kita

At sa gitna na maigting at marahas na kahirapan
Itatawid, itatawid kita
Hanggang sa ating marating ang totoong kapayapaan,
Ihahatid, ihahatid kita

Pagpalain ka kaibigan
Simulain ay katigan
At patnubayan sa biyaya Nya
Daing ng bayan may iba’t iba
Ay alalayan natin ang isa’t isa

At sa gitna ng maigting at marahas na kahirapan
Itatawid, itatawid kita
Hanggang sa ating marating ang totoong kapayapaan,
Ihahatid, ihahatid kita

[This song was composed and sung by Gary Granada, Noel Cabangon, Bayang Barrios, and Cookie Chua for AKBAYAN. Stay tuned for the downloadable mp3 file. Di ko pa kasi alam kung paano yun ginagawa e. Hehehehe…]

Itatawid, Ihahatid Kita…

One thought on “Itatawid, Ihahatid Kita…

  1. Hi Arnold,

    Maraming salamat sa lyrics! We need more songs of this kind — inspiring and hopeful. Songs like this keep us from despairing. I actually think that we need a song which the Filipino people could identify with.

    Last week I watched the documentary film ‘The Singing Revolution’ (http://www.singingrevolution.com/pages/2/index.htm; also, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_Revolution) about how the culture of singing, and especially a particular unifying song, has fueled social change in Estonia that led to the restoration of its independence — together with the other Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania — from Soviet occupation in the late 1980s. We know that the Philippines also has its history of songs for change, especially ‘Bayan Ko’ during People Power I, and other funny but meaningful jingles during EDSA II.

    As for now, I would like to sing with Jarvis Cocker: ‘Cunts are still running the world’, which was my song as the market forces, and of course GMA, were singing ‘Beautiful Day’ with Bono in Davos. Jarvis’ song also relates to the Philippines where not the cream of the crop rises to the top, but where ‘shit floats’ in its plutocracy. This is the way I describe the Philippine polity now: a plutocracy where ‘rubbishit’ floats — just like the rubbish and shit floating in Ilog Pasig where Malacanang is located and in Manila Bay where the Senate of the Philippines is! And of course, ‘rubbishit’ stinks in Batasan flown to the air as a bitter reminder to the representatives of the people of the sights and smells of poverty in Payatas.

    These days I also sing Bamboo’s ‘Alpha Beta Omega’. I hope the artists/entertainers who have decided to enter the ‘vocation’ of ‘public service’ share Bamboo’s message to the powerful: ‘I keep them entertained; while you steal their hard-earned mula’. And yes, ‘We all know what has to be done; Our very own personal revolution; Revolution, revolution, revolution….’

    And of course, I wish to sing the all-time song for social change, ‘Tatsulok’, with Bamboo/Buklod, together with the people of Laban ng Masa, who has called for the most daring but utterly necessary political project of our time — the end to elite rule! The cycle of elitism and poverty is so vicious to the lifeblood of Philippine society, haunting people’s consciousness that such is a normal and natural order. Some daring structural changes in political and economic institutions, and political and economic activities, are most urgently needed!

    Thanks, I have a new hopeful song to sing with Akbayan! Yes, we have to sing this inspiring song lest we dry up from the despairing realities in our dear Philippine society.

    Ang haba na nitong comment ko, Arnold. I have long planned to blog about this. But this comment is as good as a blog entry already! Hahahaha!

    I suggest you also post some of your entries in the egroup. When I find time I will.

    Best,
    Bonn

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