“The day I was born I was born free and that is my Privilege.”


OPM Eraserheads
June 3, 2008, 4:01 pm
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On the December page of my centennial journal, Eraserheads was featured. Band’s history was posted on there. It reads: “In 1989, two college bands from the UP Diliman searched for members to form a new group. In December of the same year, Curfew, which consisted of Buddy Zabala on bass and Marcus Adoro on guitars, met with Sunday Sunday, composed of Ely Buendia on vocals and Raimund Marasigan on drums. The four decided to form The Eraserheads, from the movie “Eraserhead” by surrealist director David Lynch. Eraserheads became a prominent Pinoy rock band of the 1990s and one of the most influential bands in the history of Original Pinoy Music. For their unparalleled achievements in the music industry, they have been frequently regarded as “The Beatles of the Philippines.”

I remember my Kuya playing their Cutterpillow album on our old cassette player, and learning on the guitar the Poorman’s Grave intro, one of my favorite songs from the group alongside Fine Time, Waiting for the Bus, Wishing Wells, Huwag Mo Nang Itanong, etc. I like Poorman’s Grave because it gives the listener a glimpse of social categories and their differences, the almost cliche dichotomy of the poor and the rich, of the helpless and the powerful, of the well-fed and the hungry. Now, I think of my professor in Philippine Institution quoting Rizal, saying that the masses were yet not ready for change because they still possess low level of consciousness. Catholicism was pointed out as the main reason of the repression of knowledge back then. That was in the late 1800 and what about now?

Poorman’s Grave Lyrics goes like this:

I.
I know a man who had nothing
He was a poor man all his life
He lived in a shack by the roadside
With starving kids and a loving wife

II.
He went to church every Sunday
He prays from morning until night, he said
Good Lord, why have you forsaken me
When everything I did I thought was right

Refrain:
Now my Life is coming to an end
There’s only one thing I’m wishing for
All my days I have never sinned
So I hope you won’t ignore
What I’m asking for…

Chorus I:
Oh, honey when I die
Dress me up in a coat and tie
Give my feet a pair of shoes
That I haven’t wore in a long time
Put me in a golden box
Not a cross on a pile of rocks
Bury me where the grass is green
And the gates are shining…

Chorus II:
Oh honey when I die
Give me a bed of roses
Where I could lie
I’m gonna use up all the money that I saved
‘Coz I don’t wanna lie in a poorman’s grave…

III.
I know a man who had nothing
He dreamed of satin sheets all his life
He lived and worked like a dog
Licking every boot he sees just to survive

IV.
He comes home drunk every night
Wakes up the kids and talks to his wife, he said
Honey you have been so good to me
I only wish we had a better life

Refrain II:
And now my lifes coming to an end
There’s only one thing I’m wishing for
All my days I have lived in shame
So I hope you wont ignore
Just what I’m asking for…

Chorus I:
Oh honey when I die
Dress me up in a coat and tie
Give my feet a pair of shoes
That I haven’t wore in a long time
Put me in a golden box
Not a cross on a pile of rocks
Bury me where the grass is green
And the gates are shining…

Chorus III:
Oh honey when I die
Give me a bed of roses
Where I could lie
I’m gonna use up all the money that I saved
‘Coz I don’t wanna lie in a poor man’s…

Oh honey when I die
Give me a bed of roses
Where I could lie
I’m gonna use up all the money that I saved
‘Coz I don’t wanna lie in a poor man’s grave…

And I quote Bienvenido Lumbera, Blessed are the cockroaches!

Peace Out!

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ala lng!

Comment by brian

hehe.. thanks na din! 🙂

Comment by timebender




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