Rosetta-Stone

Music and Words by Jonathan Labao


As a kid my parents wanted me to learn Tagalog but I never saw a reason to. Outside of my family I never heard or saw Tagalog anywhere; it seemed pointless. But my parents insisted to the point that they enrolled me and my sister in a class, but we never learned anything there. Flash forward to a decade later and I regret not having learnt Tagalog. Although I learned to understand the language, being unable to speak it has left me feeling incomplete.


Lyrics:


Everyone told me to go for it But I was having none of it No amount of pumped lead could change my mind

You were to me what Vince was when he was still alive


I tried to put the thought of you back to sleep

But six feet below my mind just isn’t that deep

You keep popping up when mom talks to me

Like a teenagers face that’s riddled with acne


With everyday that goes by The closer to a dot you become

Can’t believe I passed the chance to

Speak in a different tongue


Too bad I realized when it was too late

It just wasn’t in our cards This is our unfortunate fate Guess it was written in the stars


I wanna speak and not just hear But doing neither is my biggest fear When people talk to me I know what they say

But being half of a whole just isn’t the same


With everyday that goes by The closer to a dot you become

Can’t believe I passed the chance to

Speak in a different tongue


Too bad I realized when it was too late

It just wasn’t in our cards This is our unfortunate fate Guess it was written in the stars


Hindi kami mag kasama kase

Ang matigas ang ulo ko

Kukunin ko ang isang klase Ito ang aking pangako sayo


Hindi kami mag kasama kase

Ang matigas ang ulo ko

Kukunin ko ang isang klase

Ito ang aking pangako sayo


[ We’re not together because I’m so stubborn I’ll take a class This is my promise to you

We’re not together because I’m so stubborn I’ll take a class That’s my promise to you ]

A piece of my reflection, I neglected, I rejected, I refused to see

There’s a side of me that’s locked away and you’re the key My Rosetta Stone


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