There’s No Place I’d Rather Be
Music and Lyrics: Jimmy Ye
Artiste: Kit Chan
I’ve walked the streets of Cairo and Bombay
I’ve seen the neon signs on ole Broadway
I’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower
The Great Wall in one hour
Experienced sweet and sour but that’s okay
Seen Hollywood, the sunsets in LA
The London Bridge, Big Ben, the Thames, UK
I’ve crossed the River Kwai
Yet still I don’t know why
I think of you each night and every day
There’s no place I’d rather be
You’ll always be a part of me
And even though I’ve roamed the world
It’s still my home I long to see
This is where my family
And my friends grew up with me
So I’ll cross the skies and sails the seas
To be where I wanna be
Cos there’s no place I’d rather be!
There has been some hoo-ha over this set of lyric. If you scrutinize enough, you will discover that there is no mention of Singapore in the entire song. Some people feel that for it to be a Singapore song, it will need the word singpore in it. Else, any country can use it.
What I feel is this: No self respecting country will ever use this song and sing it for themselves. First its plagarism and secondly it is highly unpatriotic to sing another country’s song, no matter whether there is the word “Singapore” in it or not.
I have to say that I really appreciate the writer for this song. I will give him full marks over this song. This song stirred my feelings when I listened to it on national day. I really felt the love for Singapore! Even without the word Singapore in it, I can feel that its a good song and the meaning is absolutely brilliant. Its meant for those people who cross the seas to work at foreign places and discover that the place they miss is Singapore.
There are other past songs without Singapore in them but they made reference to my island home. Well, judging by the unsatisfied comments about other countries being able to use it,I guess Australia can use that song too. After all,we are not the only island home on Earth.