Farewell Letters

Friends would know what a fanatic I am for letters, especially farewell letters. But some goodbyes are harder than others. So here’s a song I’ve written, dedicated to every mate I’ve met in my 5 months in China.

Also, first collab with a friend whose ukulele cover of一期一会 ( Ichigo Ichie, or “one opportunity, one encounter”) laid the seed of inspiration for this song 

上海 | 无锡 | 张家界 | 北京 | 桂林 | 南京 | 四川 | 云南

I predict that I’ll be back in China v v soon. 😥

Lyrics: 

Days fluttered by
Sprinkled with a taste of blue
Spring came on by
And it left without a clue

We jumped at every opportunity to
See the world as it is
Its beauty and the not-so-pretty scenes
Fill us all with endless glee

But as quick as the wither of the flowers,
Our time for the ground has arrived
So we packed our bags up for our very last ride

I’d send my goodbyes in a letter to you,
In a letter to you, my friend
And I’d send my goodbyes in a letter to you,
In a letter to you, my friend

Words flickered on
Empty pages of the book
They can’t seem to bear
The weight of ink-soaked memories

(pre chorus)

(chorus)

Ooooh

Years will pass and we’ll meet again
Years will pass and we’ll meet again

Sama Sama

Habari! 🙂 Here on student exchange in Shanghai, I befriended my first Kenyan friend! In a rather unexpected way though – physical examination (what even). A while back, I caught up with him again over a meal, along with a few Singaporean friends. I can’t quite put my amazement (and gratefulness) for this whole encounter in prose, so I wrote it in a song.

Lyrics: 

I travelled miles and miles and was lucky to have found
Somebody just like you
You brought me into the world of another
Beyond the touristy brochures views

You shared a story of when you were young
You heard a man speaking Italian so you turned to your papa and said
“I wanna travel the world and learn all the languages.”
Your papa shook his head and said you would not
But then you grew into a fine young man
Speaking Chinese in a foreign land where we met
People laugh behind your back
“What’s a Black doing in our homeland?”
“我们都是人啊。” (We’re all human) was what you said

La la la la la la
We’re all one and the same
We’re all one and the same
La la la la la la
We’re all one and the same
One and the same

You told us all about your beautiful homeland
From the lions on the streets to the sweetness of the water
The air is so fresh we’d breathe in twice if we can
We’ve never heard that from the press
We only heard of people living from hand-to-mouth
You told us that is somewhat true, but we really ought to know
We’re all a basket filled with both good and bad
Don’t you ever tar them all with the same brush

(Chorus)

I’m glad you proved your papa wrong
That’s what a heart could do if it wanted more
Mankind has colours aplenty but just the heart of one
If love could be a language
I think you’ve mastered it all

(Chorus x2)

P.S. Written on a particular sleepless night after all of us drank 3 cups of Kenyan tea each.

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On the Night of Christmas Eve

A mildly depressing original written this Christmas Eve. May all of your days (and nights) be merry and warm 🙂

Lyrics:

It’s the 24th of December
A night meant to be happy for all

But here I am thinkin’ bout all the
people I’ve lost to time

I’m not one to find friends aplenty
So they must have been a treasure of sorts

Under all the lights in the city
I wished that their nights were merry and warm

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh x2