September 06, 2009

Cory Aquino, Going Home

Going Home
by: Libera

Going Home, going home
I am going home
Quiet like, some still day...
I am going home

It’s not far, just close by
Through the open door

Work all done, care laid by
Never fear no more

Mother’s there expecting me
Father’s waiting too
Lots of faces gathered there
All the friends I knew


I’m just going home

No more fear
No more pain
No more stumbling by the way
No more longing for the day
Going to run no more

Morning star lights the way
Restless dreams all gone
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life has begun

There’s no break, there’s no end
Just living on

Wide awake, with a smile
Going on and on

Going home, going home
I am going home
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life has begun


I am just going home.

A very sad and soulful song. This is my Tribute to the lady in yellow, Cory Aquino whose life and death fascinated Filipinos from all walks of life. Many saw Cory as a beacon of democracy. Others, she symbolized justice and peace after the tyrant's rule. For some, she epitomized the virtues of single parenthood, of being a mother, of being a widow. For me, she symbolized the last branch to be cut off from the Aquino children, and whose death can be palpably felt by the immediate family just like the loss of anyone's loved one.

Also, the melody of Libera's "Going Home" is lifted from Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony particularly in the Adagio portion (2nd movement, part 1). Dvorak, that Czech emigre who worked at Carnegie Hall, is one of my most beloved composers along with Mozart, Haydn, Berlioz and Rossini. His New World Symphony is redolent with North American folktunes, Indian themes (think: Haiawatha and Sacajawea), and that palpable American optimism. Below is the original theme of "Going Home:"

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