Sometimes Najib needs to punch
Sometimes When We Touch is an evergreen song so popular that it has been covered by a host of famous artistes.
These include the gravel-voiced Rod Stewart, the gruff Bonnie Tyler, crooners Barry Manilow and Engelbert Humperdinck, rocker Tina Turner, country singer Tammy Wynette, pop singers Andy Gibb (in a duet with Marie Osmond), Donny Osmond and many others.
However the cover best liked by Dan Hill, who’s the original singer and co-writer of the 1977 ballad, is the version sung by Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is a famous boxer and second-term congressman in the Philippine House of Representatives.
Hill said he was impressed by the “honesty of Pacquiao‘s performance”. The record producer also chipped on how the boxer’s delivery of the song came straight from the heart … yeah, like a lethal left hook.
Pacquiao‘s Filipino accent and pronunciation actually gives this familiar song a distinctive and disarming air. (Filipino babies learn to sing before they learn to talk.)
Below are some lines from the song Sometimes When We Touch. The lyrics are strangely apposite for Pacquiao considering it’s a real-life world boxing champ that we hear singing.
Below are the full lyrics to the song; my favourite lines are in bold red
SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH
You ask me if I love you
And I choke on my reply
I’d rather hurt you honestly
Than mislead you with a lie
And who am I to judge you
In what you say or do
I’m only just beginning
To see the real you
And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes
I want to hold you till I die
Till we both break down and cry
I want to hold you till the fear in me subsides
Romance and all its strategy
Leaves me battling with my pride
But through the insecurity
Some tenderness survives
I’m just another writer
Still trapped within my truth
A hesitant prize-fighter
Still trapped within my youth
At times I’d like to break you
And drive you to your knees
At times I’d like to break through
And hold you endlessly
At times I understand you
And I know how hard you try
I’ve watched while love commands you
And I’ve watched love pass you by
At times I think we’re drifters
Still searching for a friend
A brother or a sister
But then the passion flares again
Original singer-songwriter Dan Hill is the older man singing harmony with Manny Pacquiao (below).
This is the three-cornered ‘love’ story
- MCA is disloyal despite that the Umno president has tried so hard already
- MCA has chosen to side with DAP-opposition rather than with Umno-BN
- Najib needs to be honest and tell MCA the truth – the Chinese party has to go because their broken relationship can no longer be mended.
- Although the BN chairman may be hesitant but nonetheless he has leave the past behind. There is no choice but to fight for the future
- The only way for Najib to regain Malay support is to be a war general. The Red Shirt vs Yellow Shirt rallies attest to this. We’re at war!
BUGIS WARRIOR BONUS TRACK
THIS IS WAR
It’s the moment of truth
and the moment to lie
The moment to live
and the moment to die
The moment to fight
the moment to fight
To fight, to fight, to fight!
To the right, To the left
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth
From the last to the first
It’s a brave new world
It’s a brave new world!