“I Am On My Way” and “Remembering The Place” By Tibetan Singer Gebey

2014 06 18 Gebey Album Cover

Resuming the music video series after a break, High Peaks Pure Earth present two more music videos by Tibetan singer Gebey from Ngaba, Amdo.

The music videos are from the same album as the previous songs by Gebey featured on High Peaks Pure Earth in November 2012, “Victory to Tibet” and “What We Have is Suffering”. Gebey’s 2012 album can be seen in full on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/_FdvXS61qNM

Gebey’s music has caused him to be arrested and re-arrested several times. At the end of May it was reported that Gebey had been arrested following a live performance in Ngaba Prefecture. The article on the New York Times’ Sinosphere blog quotes Tibetan writer Woeser as saying that Gebey had barely resurfaced from a previous detention and was now detained again.

However, just yesterday, news outlets such as Radio Free Asia, were reporting that Gebey had been released back to his family. As Radio Free Asia tell us: “Before he was detained, Gebe had avoided contact with the police after Chinese authorities in 2012 banned and confiscated a recording he released that year which was deemed to contain nationalist themes, the source said. “He remained in hiding for some time until his detention on May 24.”

These are music videos number 49 and 50 translated by High Peaks Pure Earth since the Wednesday music video series started towards the end of 2012. Please go back and watch our other videos using this link: http://highpeakspureearth.com/category/music-from-tibet/

Below are the subtitled music video and translated lyrics of “I Am On My Way” and “Remembering the Place” by Gebey. High Peaks Pure Earth would like to thank Bhuchung D. Sonam of TibetWrites for the English translations:

“I Am On My Way” By Gebey from HPeaks on Vimeo.

“I Am On My Way”
By Gebey

Lyrics: Gebey
Music: Gebey

My brother in exile, I am on my way
With my eyes filled with tears, I am on my way
To talk about the Snowland, I am on my way
Remembering my protector lama, I am on my way
Remembering my protector lama, I am on my way

My best friend, I am on my way
To accumulate merit, I am on my way
Don’t let your mind become unsettled, I am on my way
Remembering you my friend, I am on my way
Remembering you my friend, I am on my way

Brothers and sisters of the Snowland, I am on my way
To talk about the joys and sorrows of Tibet, I am on my way
Playing this piwang, I am on my way
To welcome the happiness for Tibet, I am on my way
To welcome the happiness for Tibet, I am on my way

[Translation by Bhuchung D. Sonam]

“Remembering the Place” By Gebey from HPeaks on Vimeo

“Remembering the Place”

Lyrics by Dongsod Ta
Music by Gebey

On the other side of the tall mountains
Lives the yellow-robed lama
Last year I offered a prayer from here
But this year I haven’t seen his glowing face
I cannot bear this pain of missing my lama
But this year I haven’t seen his glowing face
I cannot bear this pain of missing my lama

In a school where blossoms the Tibetan education
There are many intelligent students
Last year I sent a flag of knowledge
But this year I have not seen the flag
I cannot bear to think that they are asleep
But this year I have not seen the flag
I cannot bear to think that they are asleep

In the middle of a great town
Lives a man who promotes Tibetan language
Last year he was my best friend
This year he cannot be seen anywhere
I cannot bear this pain of not seeing him
This year he cannot be seen anywhere
I cannot bear this pain of not seeing him
I cannot bear this pain of not seeing him

[Translation by Bhuchung D. Sonam]

For those unable to view the videos on Vimeo, there is also a High Peaks Pure Earth YouTube channel here with our music videos: http://www.youtube.com/highpeakspureearth

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