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THE DISAPPEARING “METRO”


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THE DISAPPEARING “METRO”

Screen grab from We Need A Leader YT Channel


Ely Buendia’s hard-hitting song has been pulled out from a YouTube channel. And some netizens are crying censorship

After spilling the beans on the real story behind his controversial hit song “Spoliarium,” former Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia is once again the subject of online chatter.

This time, it involves the sudden removal of a music video entitled “Metro” from the YouTube channel of We Need A Leader 2022. According to a notice posted by YT, the video was deleted by the uploader.

Why was the video yanked out? Social media users have their theories. The most popular theory points to the powers-that-be who were so offended by the song’s hard-hitting commentary that they pressured the channel owner to remove it.

Hard-hitting

“Metro” confronts head-on contemporary issues ranging from poverty, abuse of power, repression of human rights, the surrender of our sovereignty,
and the pandemic. The meter is running, Buendia says, and with the presidential election barely a year away, voters should not be swayed again by promises.

The choice, he says, is between a leader who will be “pangulo” or “pang-gulo.”

The lyrics to “Metro” are uncharacteristically direct and pointed. Buendia is not known as a protest singer or for writing protest songs in the same vein as Dong Abay, Noel Cabangon or Gary Granada. That he would write and perform a song critical of our present situation is a welcome surprise to many.

METRO
Bulag sila sa mga pahirap
na iyong nararanasan
di nila naiintindihan
At may mga nagbibingi-bingihan
sa mga kasinungalingan
di kaya sila ay bayaran?
Kamatayan at sakit
Kalayaan ay nagigipit
Lupa at dagat natin ay pinagsasanla
CHORUS
Kapatid di pa ba nagsasawa?
Tumatakbo ang metro
Wag ka nang muling magpapalinlang
Sa pangakong pinako
Mga abuso sa kapangyarihan
At maling pamamalakad
Ang sagabal sa kaunlaran
Walang pinuno ang hindi marunong
Lutasin ang mga problema
Ito’y panata nila sa bayan
Simulan ang pagbabago
Sa isang pinuno
Na may pagmamalasakit
At paninidigan
Panahon na upang imulat
Ang mata sa katotohanan
Pandemya at kawalan ng kabuhayan
Asan na ang nawawalang lupa at pera?
Bagsak ang ekonomiya
Di ka ba nagtataka?
Pinunong may talino, puso at tapang
Ito ang kailangan ng ating bayan
CHORUS
Kapatid di pa ba nagsasawa?
Tumatakbo ang metro
Isa lang ang iyong pagpipilian
Pangulo ba o pang-gulo?
Pangulo ba o pang-gulo?
Pangulo ba o pang-gulo?…

While the video has been pulled out from the We Need A Leader YT Channel, it has resurfaced on Facebook on the unofficial Eraserheads FB page. As of this writing, the video is still there. On YouTube, it has also been uploaded on Neil13TV, The HungyFilipino, and Vintage Sports and Entertainment.

We Need A Leader 2022 is a voters’ education campaign led by former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a former Duterte supporter turned critic.


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