Black Eyed Peas’ Apl – Standing up for Pinoy Pride

Filed under: Lyrics — queenkv August 8, 2005 @ 2:06 pm

My honey sent me this SF Chron story about Apl from Black Eyed Peas.

He’s composed several rap tunes for his group with Filipino influences. In fact – Bebot – the lyrics are in Tagalog. Cool.

The dude’s from a “poor, working class family in Sapang Bato, a small barrio in Pampanga, north of Manila.” And he goes back whenever he can. Apl due the reporter he get’s his mom to cook shrimp and adobe everytime he goes home.

Here are the lyrics to “The Apl Song” off their Elephunk album.

Artist: Black Eyed Peas Lyrics
Song: The Apl Song Lyrics

[Chorus in Tagalog]
Lapit mga kaibigan at makinig kayo
Ako’y may dala-dalang, balita galing sa bayan ko
Nais kong ipamahagi ang mga kwento
Ang mga pangyayaring nagaganap
Sa lupang pinangako

[English Translation:]
(Come closer my friends and everyone listen
I brought news from my homeland
I’ll tell you how we live and what goes on
From my beloved homeland.)

[Verse one, Apl.De.Ap]
Every place got a ghetto this is my version
Check it out…
Listen closely yo, I got a story to tell
A version of my ghetto where life felt for real
Some would call it hell but to me it was heaven
God gave me the grace, amazin’ ways of living
How would you feel if you had to catch your meal?
Build a hut to live and to eat and chill in.
Having to pump the water outta the ground
The way we put it down utilizing what is around
Like land for farming, river for fishing
Everyone helpin’ each other whenever they can
We makin’ it happen, from nothin’ to somethin’
That’s how we be survivin’ back in my homeland

[Chorus]

[Verse two, Apl.De.Ap]
Yo, its been a while but…
I been back home to my homeland, (check it out) to see what’s going on
Man it feels good to be back at home
And it’s been a decade, on the journey all alone
I was fourteen when I first left Philippines
I’ve been away half my life, but it felt like a day
To be next to my mom with her home cooked meal
Meant I felt complete, my emotions I feel!
Now life has changed for me in the U.S
But back at home man, life was a mess…
I guess sometimes life’s stresses gets you down
On your knees, oh brother I wish I could have helped you out…

[Chorus]

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