I grew up having to sing “nationalistic” songs throughout my schooling days. Songs like Stand up for Singapore… Count on me Singapore… Oh my God, hair-raising songs. I wonder how I survive without major brain damage.
My point is, I became pretty jaded when it comes to patriotic songs when I am older.
家 (jia) or Home is an exception. It was picked as the National Day theme song for 1998 and 2004 and therefore can be categorized as a “nationalistic” song. Putting that fact aside, it is a wonderful song celebrating the home as a source of strength and hope that an individual in a very big world can run back to.
Composer: Dick Lee
Chinese Lyricist: 木子
Original Singer: Kit Chan
I like to follow the lyrics as I listen to the song. It is very good for the soul.
(Repeat Chorus x2 重复副歌 x2)
Whenever I am feeling low, I look around me and I know.
There’s a place that will stay within me, wherever I may choose to go.
I will always recall the city, know every street and shore.
Sail down the river that brings us life, winding through my Singapore…
This is home truly, where I know I must be.
Where my dreams wait for me, where the river always flows.
This is home surely, as my senses tell me.
This is where I won’t be alone.
For this is where I know it’s home.
Whenever there are troubles to go through, we’ll find a way to start anew.
There is comfort in the knowledge and home about its people too.
So we’ll build our dreams together, just like we’ve done before.
Just like the river that brings us life, there will always be Singapore..
For this is where, I know I’m home…
2011 Extended Version featuring 39 artistes