Umbrella Protest Anthem Wins Top Music Award in Hong Kong

“Raise the Umbrella” just got voted the most popular song of 2014 in Hong Kong.

The democracy protest theme song received an overwhelming 2,887 nominations from around 8,000 attendees at a music awards ceremony in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Jan. 1.

It was named song of the year in the “My Favorite Song” category at the 2014 Commercial Radio’s Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation. You can watch the moment the winner was announced here:

 

The song was composed by Pan A. Leung who is in his 20s. The lyrics were provided by several students who majored in art. Pan said the song is dedicated to those who love Hong Kong and have been defending its freedom. It represents a very significant time for Hong Kong, and a turning point for confused people to see the truth, and stand up for universal suffrage.

When it first went online, the song got over 100,000 hits straight away. Many view the umbrellas as symbolic flowers that will not die or wither away.

On the night of the award ceremony, a group of high-school students sang the anthem with celebrity singer Denise Ho. Several people held up their yellow umbrellas as a salute.

Denise Ho said 2014 was a year of huge change for Hong Kong, adding: “The Umbrella Movement let us know that our voices could be heard. This song belongs to our time, to Hong Kong people who devoted their hearts with tears and sweat.”

One of the audience members said:

When we sing this song, we can face the police and armed soldiers. We’re no longer afraid.

“Our hearts shift from negative to positive and our fear has gone; we have the courage to be brave. We love Hong Kong and its people who understand and share the wind and rain, and stand by our side.”

“The umbrellas are like a cluster of flowers, showing the beautiful side of people. In the days to come, when we face the powers that be, I will sing this song. Thanks to the composer and writer for this song.”

 

Raise Your Umbrella

Melody: Pan
Lyrics: Pan/Albert Leung

Sitting peacefully among the crowds
We’re not scared of what will happen next.
But tonight, nothing is more terrifying than
Not speaking our hearts.

Standing on the front line, our courage can’t be dispersed
‘Cos our future can only be bleak if fear gets to us.
But whoever wants to see through this absurdity
Will surely have their eyes opened up by tears. [From tear gas]

Together holding up our umbrellas,
Together holding up each other,
We may feel uneasy, but not alone when together.
Isn’t that right?

Together holding up our umbrellas,
Holding up our hands.
Together we aren’t afraid to fight for what’s ours, are we?
Fierce rainstorms may strike,
But our determination will never fade.
Umbrellas are like flowers,
They neither wither nor disappear.

For the sake of tomorrow, we must remember this night.
You and I must remain calm in the face of hardship.
Whoever misses out on this night
Will likely never get the chance to speak your heart again.

 

A group of Chinese youngsters sing an Acappella version of the song:

 

Translated from Secret China

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