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August 7, 2009

Happy 44th Birthday Singapore!



Festivals & Events / Singapore

This year, 9 August marks the 44th National Day of Singapore since 1965 after Singapore gained independence from Malaysia.

During my school days, we enjoyed singing all the patriotic theme songs and evergreen community songs such as “Singapore Town”, “Di Tanjong Katong” and “Chan Mali Chan” (Malay songs), and even an Indian song- “Munnaeru Vaalibaa”! Till now, I still love them!

I tried to compile all the music videos of the National Day theme songs and community songs in the 80s from YouTube but only managed to find a few. Relive the good ‘ol days as we sing along with these all-time-favourites!

Let us start with “Stand Up for Singapore“, the first theme song released in 1985. In the video, you’ll see the late Mr Ong Teng Cheong, Singapore’s first elected president and Mr Goh Chok Tong who was then the Prime Minister of Singapore after succeeding Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Stand Up for Singapore lyrics

Stand up for Singapore, do the best you can
Reach out for your fellow man
You’ve got to make a stand
Recognise you can play your part
Let it come right from your heart
Be prepared to give a little more
Stand up, stand up for Singapore

Stand up for Singapore, do it with a smile
If you stand up for Singapore
You’ll find it all worthwhile
Believe in yourself, you’ve got something to share
So show us all you really care
Be prepared to give a little more
Stand up, stand up for Singapore

Singapore our home and nation
Together with determination
Join in like we’ve never done before
Stand up, stand up for Singapore ( X 3 )

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Count On Me Singapore” rocks forever! It was released in 1986. Feeling patriotic while listening to it. I found the official music video sang by the original singer Clement Chow, but the first part of the video was missing.

If you want to hear the complete song of “Count On Me Singapore“, this one presents the slide shows of Singapore in the 21 century. Enjoy!

Count On Me Singapore lyrics

We have a vision for tomorrow, just believe, just believe
We have a goal for Singapore, we can achieve, we can achieve
You and me, we’ll do our part, stand together, heart to heart
We’re going to show the world what Singapore can be
We can achieve, we can achieve

There is something down the road that we can strive for
We are told no dream’s too bold that we can’t try for
There’s a spirit in the air, it’s a feeling we all share
We’re going to build a better life, for you and me
We can achieve, we can achieve

Count on me Singapore, count on me to give my best and more
You and me, we’ll do our part, stand together, heart to heart
We’re going to show the world what Singapore can be
We can achieve, we can achieve

Chorus:
Count on me Singapore, Count on me Singapore
Count on me to give my best and more, count on me Singapore

( Repeat Chorus )

Together Singapore Singapore ( X 2 )

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We are Singapore” is classic! Released in 1987 and it was when our pledge became a song too! I wonder who is the sucker that said Singapore won’t make it (listen to the first line LOL).

We Are Singapore lyrics

There was a time when people said
That Singapore won’t make it, but we did
There was a time when troubles seemed too much
For us to take, but we did
We built a nation, strong and free, reaching out together
For peace and harmony

Chorus 1:
This is my country, this is my flag
This is my future, this is my life
This is my family, these are my friends
We are Singapore, Singaporeans

Singapore our homeland, it’s here that we belong
All of us united, one people marching on
We’ve come so far together, our common destiny
Singapore forever, a nation strong and free

( Repeat Chorus 1 )

( Sung )
We the citizens of Singapore
Pledge ourselves as one united people
Regardless of race, language or religion
To build a democratic society
Based on justice and equality
So as to achieve happiness
Prosperity and progress for our nation

Chorus 2:
We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We will stand together, hear the lion roar
We are Singapore, we are Singapore
We’re a nation strong and free forevermore

( Repeat Chorus 1 & 2 )

We are Singapore, Singaporeans ( X 2 )

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One People One Nation One Singapore” , released in 1990, depicts the olden days in Singapore when she was still under British ruling and flashes scenes of Singapore in the 50s – 60s before gaining independence from Malaysia. Very nice song which predates Singapore’s nationhood.

One People One Nation One Singapore lyrics

We’ve built a nation with our hands
The toil of people from a dozen lands
Strangers when we first began, now we’re Singaporean
Let’s reach out for Singapore, join our hands forevermore

Chorus:
One people, one nation, one Singapore
That’s the way that we will be forevermore
Every creed and every race, has its role and has its place
One people, one nation, one Singapore

And when the time comes for the test
Our vigilance will never rest
We’ll be united, hand in hand
We’ll show the world just where we stand
And reach out for Singapore, join our hands forevermore

( Repeat Chorus x 2 )

One people, one nation, one Singapore

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Five Stars arising” (dated back in 1969) is yet another very inspirational song that we always hear and sing on National Day. I couldn’t find the 80s version which has an upbeat tempo, and we sang it cheerfully in our school days. This video is not an official one. The tempo is slower and I still prefer the older version.

Five Stars Arising lyrics

There’s a new moon arising, out of the stormy sea
Youthful and bright and bearing hope, and tranquil as can be
Reach out for the moon above, savour freedom, truth and love
There’s a new moon arising, out of the stormy sea

There are five stars arising, out of the stormy sea
Each is a lamp to guide our way; a lamp for all to see
Reach out for the stars above, savour freedom, truth and love
There are five stars arising, out of the stormy sea

There’s a new flag arising, out of the stormy sea
Crimson as the blood of all mankind, yet white and pure and free
Reach out for the flag above, savour freedom, truth and love
There’s a new flag arising, happy and proud are we

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Oooh love this “Singapore Town” song! I remembered we could play this song with our recorder! Too bad I couldn’t find the official music video, or maybe there isn’t at all? Though some says this video is quite lame, but I still want to add it to my list of 80s favourites here. Enjoy the song!

Singapore Town lyrics

You could take a little trip around Singapore town
In Singapore city bus
To see Collyer Quay and Raffles Place
The Esplanade and all of us

Chorus:
Because in Singapore, Singapore
Their hearts are big and wide you’ll find
Because in Singapore, Singapore
You’ll find happiness for everyone

Let’s go down to the riverside, it’s an unforgettable sight
To see the sunrise on a faraway isle, turning darkness into light

( Repeat Chorus )

The buildings are climbing all the way to the sky
And there’s a hundred other people who are striving
For people like you and I

( Repeat Chorus )

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I don’t recall hearingĀ  “The Singapore Song” by Rony Tan before. But you must watch this very touching video! It’s a good representation of how Singapore suffered during the Japanese Occupation in WWII when the British left the colony within six days after defeat; how life was very hard for the first generation Singaporeans; and how Singapore has progressed so quickly over 44 years of independence to become one of the top finance centres in the world.

So, what’s new? This year’s NDP (National Day Parade) song is “What Do You See“, with a very different tune and setting as compared to those MVs of the yesteryears you’ve just watched here. The last part of the MV shows Marina Barrage, a new recreational site in Singapore.

What Do You See lyrics

There’s a jewel on the ocean,
a gem upon the sea
Where the future is an open book
A land of destiny
We could set our sights into the wind and sail the seven seas
or climb the highest mountain top as long as we believe
What do you see? What do you see?

See the moon and the stars, look how far we have come
Look around at our faces, they shine brightly in the sun
With our hopes and dreams, imagine what tomorrow it may bring
What do you see? What do you see?

Now the time has come to reach out,
To open up to see
That we stand together in this land
Cos we are family
As thoughts of reaching to the sky are carried on a dream
With hearts and minds united, our dreams we will achieve
What do you see? What do you see?

See the moon and the stars, look how far we have come
Look around at our faces, they shine brightly in the sun
With our hopes and dreams, imagine what tomorrow it may bring
What do you see

What do you see when life makes you take on a mountain
Youll see that nothings gonna stand in your way
Together we can share
The strength of a million
and the courage of a million more

See the moon and the stars, look how far we have come
Look around at our faces, they shine brightly in the sun
With our hopes and dreams, imagine what tomorrow it may bring
Cos the skys the only limit when youre not afraid to dream
What do you see? What do you see…

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If u have other National Day songs that you want to share, please send it to me and I shall update this list of compilation. You are encouraged to send this link (http://travelerfolio.com/singapore-44th-national-day-song-lyrics-video/) to your friends to share the joy of the 44th National Day Celebration! Hope you’ve enjoyed this compilation of National Day and community songs!

Location: The 44th National Day Parade will be held at 6.15pm on 9 Aug at the Marina Floating Platform. No ticket for me. I can only watch the NDP ‘live’ on TV, perhaps, lucky enough to catch glimpses of a few performing fighter planes zooming across the sky from my window.

Let’s wish Singapore a happy and prosperous year ahead!

31 Comments Leave your comment

  • Bridge said on August 7, 2009 7:23 pm

    Congratulations Singapore on your 44th National Day! You’ve proven to the whole world that you are able, determined, fit, and competent to stand as one GREAT nation despite the minuscule geographical land mass and what started as a small malay-chinese-indian population.

    This island is indeed so tiny – it’s hard to spot on the map, BUT LO AND BEHOLD… its name echoes to the four corners of the earth.

    It’s now the new envy of Southeast Asia! Its brothers and sisters go here not only to work but to permanently migrate and one day become proud Singaporeans.

    I remember when I was in school last semester, Professor Kwok of Urban Form and Urban Planning told us that Malaysia actually kicked Singapore out of its domain. So, I asked him why? He didn’t provide me a level-headed reason but whatever it is or whatever it was, Singapore surely made it! Now, it holds more power and more fame. I don’t mean to compare S’pore to M’asia, they are two different countries with different qualities. But thanks to the “tough cookies” who built Singapore. If all of them are still alive, they’ll be happy to reap the fruit of their labor.

    More power to the Southeast Asian countries! Singapore’s economic success is an inspiration to its developing Asian neighbors.

  • eunice said on August 7, 2009 10:07 pm

    @Bridge: Hey girl, thank u for this strong and beautiful message!

  • Singapore Short Stories said on August 7, 2009 11:07 pm

    Thanks for the great recall of the Singapore National Songs :)

  • CK said on August 8, 2009 8:37 am

    You are very patriotic. Singapore is doing so well after separate from Malaysia. Just separate by a straits and the different is so big!

  • ZQ | Travel Blog said on August 8, 2009 9:34 am

    Hi Eunice

    Thanks for the list of national day songs – some very retro song but still good.. i don’t quite like the Electrico song this year – i prefer those like “Home”

    What do you think?
    ZQ

  • eunice said on August 8, 2009 10:12 am

    @SSS: I enjoyed doing this post too.

    @CK: Ya.. different leaders different style of managing…

    @ZQ: Ha! Retro cos we are from different generation.. me old liao hehe. “Home” is nice too, but dun really belong to my generation in school tat’s y dun have a strong attachment to it.
    I find that the MV of Electrico is a bit gloomy and dun really like the part when the singer kept saying “What do you see”. I’ve been asking myself: See what? LOL

  • RC said on August 8, 2009 10:42 am

    Great job dear…love the songs…esp. “The Singapore Song”……Happy Birthday Singapore!

  • eunice said on August 8, 2009 10:49 am

    @RC: THanks!!

  • kenwooi said on August 8, 2009 11:22 am

    happy birthday singapore! there are quite a number of songs dedicated to singapore huh.. im not really sure about malaysia.. haha.. =D

  • eunice said on August 8, 2009 11:33 am

    @kenwooi: My M’sian partner giggled at ur comment =D

  • Borneo Falcon said on August 9, 2009 10:03 am

    Very nice songs. Hope Malaysians patriotic songs are as good and inspiring as those :)

  • Harmony Ow said on August 9, 2009 5:42 pm

    Firstly,
    CONGRATULATIONS TO SINGAPORE’S 44TH BIRTHDAY !

    Secondly,
    I came to know about your website when i was searching for our national songs’ lyrics …
    i must say that you have done all of us proud by coming out with this Travelerfolio site ..
    it is really nice, COOL ! Congratulations !

    Cheers
    Harmony Ow

  • eunice said on August 10, 2009 12:43 am

    @Borneo Falcon: Thanks! I’ll check out your blog for Malaysia National Day end of this month! By then, I will be in Malaysia too

    @Harmony Ow: Thanks for ur visiting!

  • vialentino said on August 10, 2009 1:43 pm

    happy national day to singapore….wah…lots of video to watch…nice nice

  • eunice said on August 11, 2009 10:49 am

    @There are a lot more National songs that I din intro here…those r nice too.

  • Cheap Airfare said on August 11, 2009 4:51 pm

    Sorry for late!! Happy Birthday Singapore and Singaporeans!! Stunning Videos. Thanks for sharing lyrics!!

  • Cecil Lee said on August 14, 2009 10:55 pm

    Happy belated Birthday Singapore! I’m kind of sad when Bridge’s proffessor said Singapore was being kicked off by Malaysia… but it’s true, Singapore was being expelled from Malaysia union due to disagreement and racial tension. Now, Singapore is already 44th year old and it’s truely much stronger than my Malaysia. Congratulation! :)

  • jason said on August 17, 2009 8:30 pm

    sorry for late comment!!
    anyway , Happy Birthday Singapore!

    There are lots of video to watch , its very nice.I like it very much.

  • yvonne said on August 17, 2009 8:34 pm

    late comment…so sorry!

    anyway , Happy Birthday Singapore!

    Wa! There’s lots of video , very nice. I like these video.
    The video is interesting.

    anyway ,
    I LOVE SINGAPORE!

  • bernard said on August 17, 2009 9:02 pm

    Sorry for late comment

    anyway , Happy Birthday Singapore!
    I love you Singapore! :)

  • eunice said on August 18, 2009 2:03 am

    @All: Thanks for ur comments here!

    @Cecil: ya knew that part of the history between SG n MY… :D n I wasn’t born yet haz!

  • Jacqueline said on August 19, 2009 4:12 pm

    Thank you for this post. I really enjoyed the songs!

  • eunice said on August 19, 2009 4:19 pm

    @Jacquelin: Glad to hear that… U’r welcome! :D

  • Jaslyn said on July 28, 2010 4:23 pm

    I like the (Singapore Town) song so nice! :)

  • sggal said on August 11, 2011 9:46 pm

    National Day period two years later but still enjoyed the “old” National Day songs. I think they are so much more rousing than the new ones. Thanks for this page, it’s just what I was looking for when I did a search for the original We Are Singapore song. :)

  • liang jing said on November 26, 2011 5:52 pm

    so nice all the song

  • liang jing said on November 27, 2011 7:15 pm

    ya enjoy the old song lol

  • May said on May 18, 2012 11:00 am

    hi,

    i found the original version of “5 stars arising!” u can find it here: http://www.sg/music/Fivestarsarising.html

    enjoy!

  • nurul napishah said on June 28, 2012 4:50 pm

    [[coeur130]] nice nice

  • nurul napishah said on June 28, 2012 4:51 pm

    :) :) :) <3

  • Ayyala said on July 31, 2012 6:50 am

    Can anyone post my land song audio or video.

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