Sunday, March 05, 2006

Sing To the Tune of "Do You Hear the People Sing?"

I found this translation of mine from high school. I know it's futile, but I tried translating the last part of the Les Miserables musical finale to Filipino. I just felt like posting it because it seems so appropriate.


Nadidinig mo ba silang
Nababalutan nitong dilim?
Ito'ng awit ng mga taong
Liwanag ang hiling

Para sa kanilang dukha
May apoy na di napupukaw
Kahit anong dilim nang gabi'y
Bukas may araw

Magbabalik ang kalayaan
Sa lupa nitong Poon
Araro ay babalikan
Itatago ang bolo
Kadena'y nasira't
Lahat ay pararangalan

Mapapasali ka na ba?
Sino'ng matapang ang sasama?
Mayr'on ka bang mundong gustong
Masilayan sa kabila?
Nadidinig mo ba sila?
Dinig mo ba ang dagundong?
Ng hinaharap na bubuuin
Bukas
Yeah, I know, it's raw, unpoetic, and is almost completely the literal translation of the original. My Filipino has always sucked, but it has always been a dream of mine to translate the entire Les Miserables play into Filipino. I believe that the Filipino public would take well to the story because that period of time in France is very similar in nature to our current time and also, Filipinos will probably love the Cosette-Marius-Eponine and Fantine-Valjean relationships because Filipinos have always been suckers for romantic love.

But, I digress, here are the original lyrics.

Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light

For the restless of the earth
There is a flame that never dies
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise

They will live again in freedom
In the valley of the Lord
They will walk behind the ploughshare
They will put away the sword
The chains will be broken
And all men will have their reward

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the music that they bring
When tomorrow comes


Tomorrow is always another day. Tomorrow will always have another sunrise. Tomorrow will always bring hope. For many people, tomorrow is the man who breaks so many promises he brought before he even came.

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