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Composer's Notes

Note that the words do not say "where we were born and we will die," but say "where we live and we will die." I wanted to be sure that the people the song is about includes me.

China has shown that it is possible for an appointed republic to behave more like a democracy than a democratic republic. There is more religious freedom here than in the U.S. If you don't believe that, try to get a job at a company in the States after disclosing you believe in something other than Jesus or God, or don't believe in anything at all. In China, Jews and Muslims live and work together in gentle Peace, knowing that they have common religious roots. If you think the Falun Gong was religious oppression, look at Waco and other cults. What did they have in common? Not just unique religious beliefs, but the overthrow of the authority of the government. The Communist Party has no problem with criticism of its policies; people speak out every day. It does however have a problem with people challenging the authority of the Party's rule. So what? The U.S. government has the same policy, and has exercised enforcement of that policy in places like the Black Panther headquarters in Philadelphia, Wounded Knee,  Provo, Utah. No one seems to be ranting about the American government's approval and participation in the genocide of fifteen million Native Americans, but if you free up an entire region from the tyranny of a theocracy similar to what the American religious right would like to have, people cry out for human rights justice. The forbidden city of Lhasa was off limits to the peasants, because the rich did not want to be overburdened by the poor they created through huge taxation in the name of Buddha. Today's Tibetan population is economically better off than it was prior to the revolution, and happier too, including full opportunity to practice their varied religions and maintain their cultural heritages.

 

We Are
我们是。。。


There is none with greater love of country;
再没有民族比他们更热爱祖国


There is none with greater love for Peace.
再没有民族比他们更热爱和平


We are the heart and soul of our Nation;
我们是民族的命脉和灵魂


We are the strength that binds the land and sea.
我们是使陆海相连的力量

 


There is none who care more for each other;
再没有个人比他们更关爱彼此


Who speak of love and family.
体现爱和家庭

 

We stand and sing one voice together,
我们站在一起歌唱同一声音,


For China, the land of the Free.
中国,自由的国度

 


There is none with greater love of Nature;
再没有人比他们更热爱大自然


There is none who live in greater harmony.
再没有人比他们更和谐的生活


We are the fish swimming in the waters.
我们是水中畅游的鱼儿,


We are the birds flying in the sky;
我们是天空翱翔的鸟儿

 


There are none who give more to each other;
再没有人比他们更为彼此奉献


There are none who better know to laugh and cry.
再没有人比他们深知悲与喜


We live our lives as sister and as brother,
我们如同兄弟姐妹共同生活


This is our home, where we live and we will die.
这是我们的家园,我们生死相依的地方

 


There is a joy in all hearts of Creation;
世间万物充满欢乐


There is a joy in all we do and see.
所经历和见到的都是快乐


We are proud to stand as one Nation:
作为一个国家站立起来我们骄傲


We are China, the land of the free;
我们是中国,自由的国度


We are China, the People who are free.
我们是中国,自由的民族

 

 

Dedicated to those whose lives were touched by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

此歌谨献给被2008四川地震感动的人们

 

Words and music by Don Rechtman

2008

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