My beloved country was in grief. Natural disaster occur everywhere. Flood in Wasior – Papua, Smog in Riau, Earthquake and Tsunami in Mentawai, and the last is Merapi eruption in Yogyakarta. Hundreds of people died, thousand of people lost their property. Pray For Indonesia.
I dedicated this song, “Berita Kepada Kawan” (News For My Friends) for this beloved mother earth. This song written in 1979, sung by Ebiet G, Indonesia contemporary singer from Jogya.
News For My Friends
By Ebiet G. Ade
This is a very sad journey,
Friends, it’s a pity you are not by my side,
There are many stories you have to witness,
In this parched and stoney land.
My body is shaken by the hard road,
My heart is trembling looking at the dried grass,
The road is also my witness
As the little shepherd boy crying sadly.
Hey friend, listen to his reply,
When I asked him “why”
His parents have died long ago,
Swallowed by the natural disaster of this land.
When I reached the sea, I told all of them
To the coral, to the waves, and to the sun,
But all them was silent, all of them was tongue tied,
Leaving me alone to stare at the sky.
Maybe I can find the answer there,
Why my country always suffered from calamity.
Maybe God is bored with our behavior,
Of our wrongs and how we are proud of our sins,
Maybe Mother Nature is reluctant to be our friend again
Let us ask the swaying grass.