Tuesday, August 03, 2021

The Road Ahead - National Day Song 2021 - Challenging Times

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NDP 2021 Theme Song
The Road Ahead [Official Music Video]
Linying, Sezairi, Shye, Shabir

The Road Ahead

Music and Lyrics by Linying and Evan Low

Production and arrangement by Evan Low and Linying

Performed by Linying, Sezairi Sezali, Shye-Anne Brown and Shabir

Directed by Huang Junxiang and Jerrold Chong

Verse 1

One man on an island

One drop in the sea

All it takes to set a wave in motion

Is a single word, an action


A hope that we can be

The change that we’ve been

longing to see


Pre Chorus

For our home, our land, our family

It’s all within our reach


Chorus

See this island, every grain of sand

Hear this anthem, it’s the voices of our friends

Come whatever on the road ahead

We did it before, and we’ll do it again


Verse 2

When the moments turn to hours

And the day’s last light is gone

Look around us always and remember

There were times we were uncertain

But we just kept walking on

It’s always darkest just before the dawn


Chorus

See this island, every grain of sand

Hear this anthem, it’s the voices of our friends

Come whatever on the road ahead

We did it before, and we’ll do it again


Bridge

Our home, the home we share

Where the garden always grows toward the light

Though the road ahead is daunting,

I know we’re gonna be alright


Chorus

See this island, every grain of sand

Hear this anthem, it’s the voices of our friends

Come whatever on the road ahead

We did it before, and we’ll do it again.

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[Many thanks to the various NDP Teams for the use of the above videos, song, images and lyrics for this special posting.]

A Happy National Day to all Singaporeans.

Andy has watched 
all the parades.

Check the 2022 NDP Song by Taufik Batisah:

7 comments:

FL said...

In the past NDP, esp in 1980s/1990s periods, national day songs evoked a sense of patriotism and encouraged group singing, esp with school children. Everyone then was exciting, cheered and clapped and even danced, and whole atmosphere made one felt a sense of belonging to SG. Since then the NDP songs, including 2021's are very tame, and they are just another ballad-type of songs. Nevertheless, these recent NDP songs, I think, suits mainly adults because of their meaningful lyrics. The above is just my personal opinions.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

You've got your points there FL, I must agree, having lived the age like I have.
I think the lyrics can be meaningful; it just depends how one interprets them.
Overall it has a lively beat...
Thanks for being the first to comment and always a staunch supporter.

suituapui said...

Very sweet, nice song...but I do not detect any spirit of patriotism. My all time favourite is WE ARE SINGAPORE!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Ah, now I realise.
It's true, no spirit of patriotism.
Sigh.
Not easy to compose songs, any type...
AGAIN MANY THANKS, STP, FOR YOUR VISITS.

[I need to add though, after consultation with those involved, that the patriotism doesn't need to be in the song, as each song for each year may focus on different aspects of SG's national spirit. We should look on the positive side of each composition; this time around it's penned by a young lady. So I would give it all respect. CHEERS.]

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Jimmy Appudurai-chua
9th August

Andy Young
Thanks Jimmy and Stephen for giving the grease lightning speed to give this post the thumbs up.

Jimmy Appudurai-chua
I did take part in 1968 When I signed up.

Andy Young
Jimmy Appudurai-chua.
That was awesome.
Thanks for sharing.

Freda Hanum
Guess won't be the same seeing exciting parades like before?

Andy Young
Freda Hanum, I am not sure but there's a concert I think.

Hiroshi Deguchi
Personally I prefer old NDP songs like "Stand Up For Singapore" I'd be happy if "Singapore Pie" was regarded as NDP song.

Andy Young
WOW. Hey Hiroshi.
I didn't know you're so familiar with our NDP songs.
Yes, it's true.
Some people like the older songs.
SG Pie, I'm not familiar with;
is this the Chinese version, no English equivalent.

HIROSHI DEGUCHI [JAPAN] said...

I have this song book.
The letters are small
I hope you can read it.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

My goodness, you even have a ready copy.
Thank you Hiroshi, I didn't even know there's an English version.
I wonder how many Singaporeans know this.
Again, appreciate your sharing.