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GABRIELA MEMBER RE-WORDS “SEPTEMBER” LYRICS

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Human rights activists in the Philippines and elsewhere usually open and/or end their mass action by singing a chorus of “Ang

Bayan Ko” (My Country), a patriotic song originally penned in Spanish by Revolutionary general Jose Alejandrino to protest the American Occupation of the Philippines. This was translated into Tagalog some three decades later by the poet Jose Corazon de Jesus.

One of the more contemporary versions of Ang Bayan Ko is the popular interpretation of popular folk singer Freddie Aguilar, which can be heard and seen this video clip

Now, they can also have a signature line dance to the tune of “September” composed by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire whose lyrics was re-invented by a doctoral (Ph. D) student and Gabriela member, Joy Sales, who noted during the 46th anniversary of martial law commemoration in front of the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois that the first line of the hit single goes like this:

Do you remember, the 21st night of September?

Love was changing the mind of pretenders.”

For Ms. Sales, a doctorate degree student in history at the Northwestern University in Chicago area, her lyrics start this way:

Do you remember the 21st night of September?

Marcos feared the might of protesters

And declared martial law that day.”

 

ORIGINAL NOTHING TO DO WITH MARTIAL LAW

 

When Maurice White of the Earth, Wind & Fire composed “September,” in 1978, he did not have any idea that the first line of his lyrics would coincide with the date President Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines six years earlier.

When the late Mr. White was asked about the significance of the date, the songwriter said he “chose the 21st due to how it sounded when sung.”

 

'THIS WAY”:

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST Diana Balitaan (second from right, in black shirt and pants) shows instructional line-dance steps before her friend Joy Sales of Gabriela belts out her own version of Earth, Wind & Fire's original hit single “September” last Friday, Sept. 21, during a rally commemorating the 46th anniversary celebration of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines in front of the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


So, when it was Ms. Sales' turn to address the activists, she said was not going to deliver a speech. She would just sing a number instead, adding that everyone can even take part not by singing, of course, but by line dancing to be led by her friend, Diana Balitaan. Please watch the video clip here.

Not a few volunteered to join the instant line dancing number that according to Ms. Balitaan she learned from the Youtube instructional video clip by another Filipino American, Manila-born Noel Gamboa based in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, who drew up steps of a line dance adapted from the Tagalog translation of “September.” Mr. Gamboa, however, told the philamessenger.com that his steps were not original but variation of the original. Here is Mr. Gamboa's instructional video clip that can be accessed by visiting this link here.

 

Here's the rest of the lyrics of “September” by Joy Sales:

 

Do you remember the 21st night of September?

Marcos feared the might of protesters

And declared martial law that day

 

Sirens were ringing

Underground our souls were singing

 

Resist in the night

Remember how we drove Marcos away

 

Hey hey hey

Ba de ya, say do you remember

Ba de ya, fighting the dictator

Ba de ya, resisting everyday

 

Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda, badu

Ba duda, badu, ba duda, badu

Ba duda, badu, ba duda

 

My thoughts are with you

Raising fists with your heart to see you

Only struggle and love

Remember how we knew change was here to stay

Now December, the movement has grown since September

Only struggle and love

Remember we serve the people today

 

Hey hey hey

Ba de ya, say do you remember

Ba de ya, fighting the dictator

Ba de ya, resisting everyday

 

There was a

Ba de ya, say do you remember

Ba de ya, fighting the dictator

Ba de ya, People Power is the way

 

Sirens were ringing

Our souls were singing

Do you remember, resisting every day

 

There was a

Ba de ya, say do you remember

Ba de ya, fighting the dictator

Ba de ya, resisting everyday

 

There was a

Ba de ya, say do you remember

Ba de ya, fighting the dictator

Ba de ya, People Power is the way

 

Ba de ya de ya de ya

Ba de ya de ya de ya

Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya

 

Ba de ya de ya de ya

Ba de ya de ya de ya

Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya”

 

 

LET'S DO IT”:

THE LINE DANCE song, “September,” adapted by Gabriela member Joy Sales became an instant hit with human rights activists and watchers when Ms. Sales introduced her reworded version, accompanied by line-dance instruction from her friend, Diana Balitaan, last Friday, Sept. 21, during a rally commemorating the 46th anniversary celebration of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines in front of the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


After the line dance, leaders of various human rights groups resumed their speeches that culminated with the candlelight vigil to honor the memory of the thousands of human rights victims not only those who died under the martial law of Marcos but also the more than 20,000 victims under President Duterte's martial law in Mindanao and his War on Drugs.

The candlelight vigil ended with the singing of “Ang Bayan Ko.” (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

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