I Will Not Die

Song by Samtse; Words by Tatse

The bright yellow sun has
Set behind the Freedom Hill
Now I cannot put my faith in
This dark and violent storm …

The bright youthful moon is
Suddenly covered by clouds
Now I cannot put my faith on this
Fake moon-like image in water …

My peace-loving lama
Was forced to go into exile
But until I see him again
I won’t die even when death comes …

Our ancient culture and tradition
I will maintain, promote and renew
In so doing I will sacrifice my life
And I will have no regrets …

When I heard a sky of tales about
How our fathers were murdered
Those enemies I will never forget
Even when I attain the Buddhahood …

Notes

This is a song by Samtse, a young Tibetan singer in the Chinese-occupied Tibet.
Translated from Tibetan by Bhuchung D. Sonam.

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  1. Dear Bhuchung,
    I am Arpita Chatterjee and I live in Kolkata. I have lived for long in Nepal and Gangtok as a result of which I have a special love for Tibetan Language, Culture and Religion. I know Tibetan though not very well. I just read your translation of “I Will Not Die” and I was overwhelmed. However I want to read the original Tibetan poem. I would be grateful if you send it to me and also let me know how I can get other Tibetan poems along with their translations.
    Thanking you,
    Arpita Chatterjee

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