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Against Gloc 9 “Upuan”

Upuan Lyrics
Gloc 9 Ft. Jeazell Of Zelle

Kayo po na naka upo,
Subukan nyo namang tumayo
Baka matanaw,at baka matanaw ninyo
Ang tunay na kalagayan ko

Ganito kasi yan eh..

Verse 1:

Tao po, nandyan po ba kayo sa loob ng
Malaking bahay at malawak na bakuran
Mataas na pader pinapaligiran
At naka pilang mga mamahaling sasakyan
Mga bantay na laging bulong ng bulong
Wala namang kasal pero marami ang naka barong
Lumakas man ang ulan ay walang butas ang bubong
Mga plato’t kutsara na hindi kilala ang tutong
At ang kanin ay simputi ng gatas na nasa kahon
At kahit na hindi pasko sa lamesa ay may hamon
Ang sarap sigurong manirahan sa bahay na ganyan
Sabi pa nila ay dito mo rin matatagpuan
Ang tao na nagmamay-ari ng isang upuan
Na pag may pagkakatao’y pinag-aagawan
Kaya naman hindi niya pinakakawalan
Kung makikita ko lamang siya ay aking sisigawan

Verse 2:

Mawalang galang na po
Sa taong naka upo,
Alam niyo bang pantakal ng bigas namin ay di puno
Ang ding-ding ng bahay namin ay pinagtagpi-tagping yero
Sa gabi ay sobrang init na tumutunaw ng yelo
Na di kayang bilhin upang ilagay sa inumin
Pinakulong tubig sa lumang takuring uling-uling
Gamit lang panggatong na inanod lamang sa istero
Na nagsisilbing kusina sa umaga’y aming banyo
Ang aking inay na may kayamanan isang kaldero
Na nagagamit kapag ang aking ama ay sumueldo
Pero kulang na kulang parin,
Ulam na tuyo’t asin
Ang singkwenta pesos sa maghapo’y pagkakasyahin
Di ko alam kung talagang maraming harang
O mataas lang ang bakod
O nagbubulag-bulagan lamang po kayo
Kahit sa dami ng pero niyo
Walang doktor na makapag papalinaw ng mata niyo
Kaya..

Wag kang masyadong halata
Bato-bato sa langit
Ang matamaay wag magalit
O bato-bato bato sa langit
Ang matamaan ay
Wag masyadong halata
Wag kang masyadong halata
Hehey,(Wag kang masyadong halata)
(Wag kang masyadong halata)
Yeahhey…
I do not know what the purpose of this song is and what the writer/artist wants to achieve, but I think this is a song which ought to not be sung not because I hate the people who created it but because I do not agree with the kind of mind-set it seems to promote.

First, while it’s true that some people are extremely poor and some are extremely rich, the song seems to suggest that the rich people give up what they have for the poor because the latter is pitiful. I ask why? There is a reason why rich people are rich and except for rich people who became rich by immoral and illegal means, there ought to  be no reason for the rich to feel guilty about having a lot instead of a little. Even those who have inherited their money ought  not to feel guilty because what they have is lawfully theirs. Their ancestors have achieved those riches by their hard work and/or their talents (and perhaps even with their luck) and it would make sense for people to want their descendants to enjoy the fruit of their achievements.

Second, the song seems to suggest that the poor will have a better life if the rich open their eyes and acknowledge that there are poor people supposedly so the rich would share their blessings with the poor. From the poor people’s perspective, the song seems to say that the poor would have better lives if only the rich would help them in that very direct way of sharing their wealth. I disagree with this kind of thinking because it influences the poor to think that they are completely helpless and are entitled to hand-outs. I say, once upon a time those rich people’s ancestors didn’t become rich by waiting for hand-outs. Such an attitude is very negative because it does not encourage the poor to empower themselves by seeking a better life.

Yes, I know that in this country it is very difficult for the poor to rise out of poverty and we can blame everything and everyone from the government to corruption to our rich neighbor with the high fence and blind eyes eating ham for dinner, but such an attitude only encourages the poor to feel virtuous for being poor. They are given no incentive to improve their lives, instead they look accusingly to those who eat ham and expect to those people to feel guilty for being able to eat ham while others only eat salt and dried fish.

I say, if poor people want to eat ham, they ought to work for it. They ought to desire it so much that they will do whatever it takes. They will put up with salt and dried fish and uncomfortable houses with the idea that their present situation is not permanent. They will strive and swim upstream and keep on trying to swim up even if they keep getting beaten back. Then perhaps with hard and smart work, determination, and hopefully with some luck, they will see some kind of improvement in their lives.

However, they ought to be careful of people who believe songs like “Upuan” because they will be expected to “share their blessings.” I say, DO NOT SHARE and BE SELFISH. Seek out your good life first and let other people work for their ham.

A society comprised of people who expect to be given ham will never prosper. People have to work for their ham.

And no, I am not rich. Yes, I am working my butt off for my ham. I cry almost every week because the current upstream pushing me back is very strong but I don’t think I can live with myself if I don’t try. And if I get my ham, I’m going to share only if you promise to work hard for your ham too.

 

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2 thoughts on “Against Gloc 9 “Upuan”

  1. the lyrics depicts the contrast between the lifestyles of those belonging to the less than a hundred wealthy elite families in the country and the toiling masses. it attacks the blindness of ruling classes to the effects of their exploitation and oppression on the lower classes.

    indeed, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a society with unequal distribution of power and property naturally favors the further entrenchment of the criminal class of hacienderos, big businessmen, and corrupt bureaucrats.

    what is wrong with the song, however, is its misdirected concern over how the ruling classes seem to be blinded from this truth. of course they know this and they intend to maintain this kind of setup.

    the sooner the peasant and working classes stop this “pity us” mentality and start asserting their rights and welfare in their millions, the better for us all. 😉

    1. Exactly my point Karlo Mikhail! I am working class and I admit I sometimes pity myself because I don’t have the financial ability to quit my current job which I hate – detest! – and I don’t have the privileges of the rich but at the end of the day I have to stop hoping that someone will save me and work my ass off for whatever it is I want to achieve.

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