Wei-for the forced disappeared people

Wei*-for the forced disappeared people    Lyrics and music by Ban,  Musical instrument: Lao B, produced by A Few Sunflower Seeds

This song is based on the following words said by Chinese artist AI Weiwei

[Choices after waking up:  1. To be part of life or part of death 2. To be true or to lie 3. To be happy or to decay  4. To love or to be abandoned 5. To be intelligent or to be stupid  6. To smile or to be humiliated 7. To demand or to celebrate  8. To have more courage or fear  9. To take action or to be brainwashed  10. To be free or to be caged] – AI Weiwei

Please see the English translation of the lyrics below:

We have choices after waking up: to have more courage or fear

We have choices after waking up: to be free or to be caged

Bei*,  forced to be happy;  Bei, heart being  eaten

Bei, forced disappeared people;  Bei,  forced to be free, crazily

The blood and tears twenty years ago still not dry; the revolution one hundred years ago still unfinished

Ten million sunflower seeds trampled underfoot;  thirteen million seeds will sprout in the future

Wei, the jasmine flowers not blooming yet;  Wei, our future road

Wei, children are not home yet; Wei, the future is ours

Notes:

Wei, is the pronunciation of the Chinese character  未, which means “future”, or “not yet”.  It is also the word in the name of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei 艾未未.

Bei, is the pronunciation of the Chinese character 被,  which means “to be forced to do”,  it is also used similar to the passive voice in English grammar.

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One Response to Wei-for the forced disappeared people

  1. gwenkuo says:

    Good post about Ai Weiwei. Some thoughts about Ai Weiwei’s earlier provocative concept…http://wp.me/p3bwN9-dXs

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