Monday, 21 June 2010

Freedom like a Wavin' Flag - 2010 World Cup

Today is Father's day. I wish all the great fathers everywhere a Happy Father's day.
This period of time is also the 19th FIFA World Cup (4-year once) - the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa (11 Jun 2010 to 11 July 2010) - since the FIFA world cup started in 1930.

Soccer or Football is a game that I love naturally. My legs will just move with the ball.. :) It was such a long time since I last played a soccer game....

I love to watch the game too. I have a neighbour who once complaint to me that she don't understand what is so fun watching 23 men, including the referee, running around and chasing after a "stupid" ball on the field... for 90 mins.... well, I don't understand what is so fun about watching 2 people hitting a shuttlecock with a racket side to side either..... sorry, no offence to badminton fans, just want to bring a point across. I respect all sports and all fans :)

Anyway, I managed to catch a few matches on the Internet. I enjoyed most when I watch matches with both teams playing with intelligence, collaboration and determination to win. Those feelings gained from watching these matches are energising and "siok" (singlish word means very satisfied and enjoyable).

The following song I found at YouTube is the Theme Song of 2010 World Cup by K'naan title Wavin' Flag

I was attracted by the drum beat of the song's intro. Then its rhythm flow in, and the lyrics slowly take place in my imagination. It sounds motivating. I have list out the lyrics below. Enjoy the song.


Lyrics - 2010 World Cup Theme Song

Ooooooh Wooooooh

Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration its around us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun

Lets rejoice in the beautiful game.
And together at the end of the day.

WE ALL SAY

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag 

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag 

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

Oooooooooooooh woooooooooohh hohoho

Give you freedom, give you fire, give you reason, take you higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets our heads are lifting, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, its around us, every nations, all around us

Singing forever young, singing songs underneath that sun
Lets rejoice in the beautiful game.
And together at the end of the day.

WE ALL SAY

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag 

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag 

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

Wooooooooo Ohohohoooooooo ! OOOoooooh Wooooooooo

WE ALL SAY !

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag 

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag 

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

Wooo hooooo hohohohoooooo

And everybody will be singing it

Wooooooooo ohohohooooo

And we are all singing it……!

After listening the World Cup theme song for a few times, I youtube further and found that there is actually another version of Wavin' Flag.

This time, the rhythm flow in quickly and the lyrics touched my heart...... It is emotional... you can see it too, from one of the singer in the video below.... my watery eye too formed in the mist of listening to the song while I look at the lyrics.

I just can feel what the song is trying to say. It is like feeling of helplessness (无奈), betrayal and foolishness..... I just can feel how the people there feel..... I am not a brilliant writer and I could not put my feelings into words. What I can say to all the people is this:-

 "For those who have freedom, please don't take it for granted. For those who are fighting for freedom, don't be despair. "

In Singapore, I am considered to be born in the fortunate era. However, I sometimes feel that Singaporeans do not understand or even bother about what is freedom. To me, freedom comes with responsibility. To me, freedom is priceless. To me, freedom is not to be taken lightly. To me, freedom is respect...

Enjoy the song....


Wavin' Flag Lyrics

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom, just like a wavin' flag

When I get older, I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, oh

Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
A violent prone, poor people zone
But it's my home, all I have known
Where I got grown, streets we would roam

Out of the darkness, I came the farthest
Among the hardest survival
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak
Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat

So we struggling, fighting to eat
And we wondering when we'll be free
So we patiently wait for that fateful day
It's not far away, but for now we say

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh

So many wars, settling scores
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
I heard them say 'love is the way'
'Love is the answer,' that's what they say

But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us
Try to control us, they couldn't hold us
'Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers

But we struggling, fighting to eat
And we wondering, when we'll be free
So we patiently wait for that faithful day
It's not far away but for now we say

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then is goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh

And everybody will be singing it
And you and I will be singing it
And we all will be singing it, wo ho

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh

When I get older, when I get older
I will be stronger just like a wavin' flag
Just like a wavin' flag, just like a wavin' flag
Flag, flag, just like a wavin' flag