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Eraserheads – Spoliarium lyrics

Dumilim ang paligid
May tumawag sa pangalan ko
Labing isang palapag
Tinanong kung okey lang ako
Sabay abot ng baso
May naghihintay
At bakit ba 'pag nagsawa na ako
Biglang ayoko na

At ngayon
Di pa rin alam
Kung ba't tayo nandito
Pwede bang itigil muna
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo

Lumiwanag ang buwan
San Juan

Di ko na nasasakyan
Ang lahat ng bagay ay
Gumuguhit na lang
Sa 'king lalamunan
Ewan mo at ewan natin
Sinong may pakana?
At bakit ba
Tumilapon ang
Gintong alak diyan sa paligid mo?

At ngayon
Di pa rin alam
Kung ba't tayo nandito
Puwede bang itigil muna
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo

Umiyak ang umaga
Anong sinulat ni Enteng at Joey diyan
Sa pintong salamin
Di ko na mabasa
Pagkat merong nagbura
Ewan ko at ewan natin
Sinong nagpakana?
At bakit ba tumilapon ang spoliarium
Diyan sa paligid mo

At ngayon
Di pa rin alam
Kung ba't tayo nandito
Puwede bang itigil muna
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo

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    Gero B. Ayuban
    Spolarium. Its one of their songs I'm mad about that I can even play it 5 times a row. Haha. Every fan knows the lyrics, and can singalong each time it will be played whether its thee head's original version or that of Imago's. You'll love the song, you'll sing along but you wont understand or realized what it wants todepict. Its vague, perplex, confusing yet everyone loves singing it. I heard that its allabout alcoholism, suicide, Ely's song of quittingthe group, etc. But what does it really mean? We all know that Spolarium was painted by Juanluna during the 19th century. Does it have to do with the song? I came across a blog which tried to decipher it, in hope of giving justification to the words made by Ely. The lyrics was literally translated to English with additional explanation of spolarium and other significant facets in the song. But still, he or she wasn't able to give a good conclusion. It was then by scrolling downthat I was able to notice a comment made be one who I assumed to be a up student. We all know that the band came from up. And I was surprised. There is doubt butwhether it is true or not, I guess that's the beauty of Ely's work. Mystifying. Here's quoted from the comments: Gold Says: November 13, 2008 at 9: 40 pmif you wanna know what this song actually means, I could share it with you. Professors here in the University of the Philippines know about it and they share it in class whenever the song comes in discussions. It is actually the story of the rape victim Pepsi who were allegedly raped by Vic, Joey, and someone –I forgot the name. She was made to drink too much by the three (this is described in the first 3 stanzas of the song) and when she wasunconscious, they raped her. Pepsi died when she was about to cry out for justice. There were rumors that Pepsi did not commit suicide butshe was killed to stop her from testifying in court. So after knowing that, the song is pretty much direct except for some parts like “itigilmuna ang pag-ikot ng mundo”. We can interpret this part differently. It can mean that the victim wanted her oppressors to stop their manipulations or she was just too tired of everything that’s happening that she wanted the world to just stop. Pepsi was not able to receive justice. Until now, there is no closure to her case. And whether Vicand Joey were guilty, no one can prove it. I assume Ely Buendia, who wrote the song, learned about Pepsi’s misery when he was still in the university. Maybe for him, even if Pepsi was not able to testify, the song would speak out the truth. Here's an excerpts of an interesting article I found thru the net: talk show fundy C. Sorianosaturday.
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    Janis B. Acosta
    I think the band is awesome and this is one of the proofs. The song is catchy and the lyrics are easy to follow.

    If you don't know the story of the poor teenager back in the '80s well, you would probably think this song is about guys getting you drunk. Then the song mentioned specific people. I think it is just perfect it did because you get to know what it really is about.

    Pepsi Paloma, may your soul rest in peace, this song is about you and what happened when you were taken advantage of by Vic, Joey and Richie and with the help of Tito Sotto. Ely Buendia must have come across your story and wanted everyone to know the horrors you went through. I guess through this song, there is a kind of justice knowing that what happened to you isn't forgotten. And that by creating this song, Ely and the rest of the Eheads made sure in their artistic way that you are not alone. The beautiful story telling behind the poetic lyrics.
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    So she was killed before her 18th birthday. To prevent her from testifying against the three of them (Vic Sotto, Joey Deleon and Richie D' Horsie). Another thing is, the lyrics - di ko na mabasa pagkat meron nang nagbura was referring to tito sotto right? How sad. Kaawa awa naman si miss pepsi.
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    The song is brutally direct to the point for those who know the pepsi paloma rape case. I was a teener when this song first aired. I did not have the slightest idea what the song was all about until I heard about pepsi paloma. Now, evrytime I played this song on my guitar, the screen name "pepsi" always came into the picture.
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