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Smokey Mountain – Paraiso lyrics

Return to a land called paraiso,
A place where a dying river ends.
No birds there fly over paraiso,
No space allows them to endure.
The smoke that screens the air,
The grass that's never there

And if i could see a single bird, what a joy.
I try to write some words and create
A simple song to be heard
By the rest of the world

I live in this land called paraiso,
In a house made of cardboard floors and walls.
I learned to be free in paraiso,
Free to claim anything i see.
Matching rags for my clothes,
Plastic bags for the cold

And if empty cans were all i have, what a joy.
I never fight to take someone
Else's coins and live with fear
Like the rest of the boys

Paraiso, help me make a stand.
Paraiso, take me by the hand
Paraiso, make the world understand
That if i could see a single bird, what a joy.
This tired and hungry land could expect
Some truth and hope and respect
From the rest of the world.

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    The song seems to be the message that filipinos bring to the world is these troubled times, with the world in a global financial mess:.
    There is undeniable joy when you look past the squalor and poverty of decades to enjoy nature and cherish the fact that, despite your misfortune, you don't steal others' possessions.
    We're performing this song for the first time in west windsor nj for simbang gabi 2011. Last year's turnout was a surprise for our small philam community: more than 2/3 of the attendees were not pinoys!
    If you're in the area, join us on december 15, 2011 @ 7 pm in st. David the king church of west windsor nj to hear this magnificent song by ryan cayabyab.
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