It’s Singapore’s 53rd National Day and I find myself watching the parade at home with my son.

My three year old’s school had a National Day celebration yesterday. Seeing how his school celebrated NDP made me want to spend the evening watching the parade with him too. In my mind, I wanted to do my Citizen Dad duty and explain to him things like why the soldiers were marching so orderly (like Daddy years ago) and what all those nostalgic skits and songs about Singapore were all about. I’m sure the parade will leave an impression on my son, and one day when he has kids of his own, he will in turn explain the parade to his children (thank you National Education).

One thing I noticed about this year’s parade is the use of pop songs throughout the celebration. Mixed into the national songs were three popular songs by the Beetles, James Taylor and (this is a surprise) Coldplay. I’m sure there’s something within these songs that the organizers of the parade wanted to convey. The “music” theme even carried the parade right till the end with a blind busker father & his son performing the all-time favorite national song “Home”.

“As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody’s individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.” – Yo-Yo Ma

 

We Can Work It Out

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Think of what you’re saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s alright.
Think of what I’m saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it’s a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

 

The River Is Wide

The water is wide I can’t cross over
And neither have I wings to fly

Build me a boat That can carry two
And both shall row My love and I

There is a ship and she sails the sea
She’s loaded deep as deep can be

But not so deep as the love I’m in
I know not how I sink or swim

Oh love is handsome and love is fine
The sweetest flower when first it’s new

But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like summer dew

 

Fix You

When you try your best but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

When the tears come streaming down your face
‘Cause you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
What could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

But high up above or down below
When you are too in love to let it show
Oh but if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears come streaming down your face
When you…

 

Home

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 which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

Chorus:

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that 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

When there are troubles to go through
We’ll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home’s about its people too

So we’ll build our dreams together
Just like we’ve done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There’ll always be Singapore

( Repeat Chorus )

For this is where I know it’s home
For this is where I know I’m home