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Wavin' Flag (K'NAAN Cover/Spanish Remix) - Tomas Karmelo

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Published on Nov 3, 2009

I wrote Spanish lyrics to one of my favorite K'naan songs. Please read this description...

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*UPDATE*
K'naan tweeted me that he liked my cover a few months after I posted the cover =) I remember sharing the news with my close fam and friends on facebook, but I never got around to it here until now...mainly because his message motivated me to work even harder that I kinda forgot...lol!

I still remember waking up and I was going through tweets when I decided to check my replies. I was still kinda sleepy, but before I knew it, this was on my screen: "@tomaskarmelo hey bro.. just wanted to say I liked your wavin' flag cover.. appreciate the spirit." It's not the best performance, but I sang from the heart and K'naan, being the humble homie that he is, listened. My work was acknowledged by one of the very artists I look up to the most.

There are many things I could do better in this cover. Actually, I wanted to take it down days after uploading it because I wasn't happy with the performance, but my friends and fam encouraged me to let it be. After a few weeks it started getting 100s of views so I just left it up. K'naan is a huge inspiration for me and, in that instance, I guess I was more focused on showing my appreciation.


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ALSO, CHECK OUT THESE TWO AMAZING K'NAAN COVERS:

Katie's remix of "Wavin' Flag":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbRY6V...

(even though she's rooting for Spain, she's still pretty cool I guess. haha. Jk. She's so talented K'naan and her already performed together! No seriously, check out her channel!).

John Paterini's soulful version of "Take a Minute":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-fEWo...

(K'naan himself tweeted about John's cover saying that it's amazing)

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LYRICS:
when i get older i will be
stronger they'll call me freedom just
like a wavin flag

when i get older i will be
stronger they'll call me freedom just
like a waving flag
and then it goes back (3x)
ahhho ahhho ahhho

born to a throne
stronger than rome
but violent prone
poor people zone
but its my home
all i have known
where i got grown
streets we would roam

out of the darkness
i came the farthest
among the hardest survive
learn form these streets
it can be bleak
accept no defeet
surrender retreat
(so we struggling)
fighting to eat
(and we wondering)
when we will be free
so we patiently wait
for that faithful day
its not far away
but for now we say

when i get older i will be
stronger they'll call me freedom just
like a waving flag
and then it goes back (3x)

Cuando yo cresca yo sere libre
Yo sere fuerte como
Como mi bandera (3x)
Como mi bandera, bandeeeera
Bandeeeera, bandeeeera

Nacido pobre
No tengo nada
Pura violencia
Pura dolencia
Pero es mi tierra
Derecha e izquierda
No la abandono
Es mi promesa
Lo mas oscuro
Lo se de seguro
Viviendo la vida
Como un burro
Las callas me criaron
Me traicionaron
Pero sigo luchando
Porque soy mexicano
Luchamos
Solo por un plato
Y preguntamos
Que libre estamos
Si seguimos matando
Robando la vida
Tenemos salida
Si unido gritamos

Cuando yo cresca yo sere libre
Yo sere fuerte como
Como mi bandera (3x)

(awkward pause...lol)

I'mma take a detour and get to the point
K'Naan I want you to hear my voice
and if you can't hear it I hope the windshield
it don't smear it, and if it does
I hope you feel my spirit

I'mma take it slow
and just kick it with the fam bam
Good food and music
Like a true Mexican-can
Light up the grill
And start spinnin the jam-jams
You already know
From rancheras to Tupac
We'll keep on dancing
Cuz it never gets too hot
Party doesn't end
Until la chota tells us to STOP
...now they're gone
So let's crank it back up
Party doesn't end
Til the bring back, up
Weekend's almost over
Time to wrap it up
Hands up now
Now bump that cup
With the person to your right
Now the person to your left
Tell 'em good night
and tell 'em not to stress
"everything will be alright" (2x)
Epidemic foreclosures
Like human bulldozers
To our families' self-esteem
But we will not claim defeat
We got too many dreams to reach!

when i get older i will be
stronger they'll call me freedom just
like a wavin flag
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Thank you family and friends for supporting me and for being patient! Thank you JaeJaeger for putting me up to the challenge (I guess I lose my pepinos con chile though don't I...lol)

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