a song written by dao strom ~ I wrote this song based on a folktale about the origin of the Vietnamese people. Out of a union between a faerie princess of the mountains and a dragon king of the sea, 100 children were born. But mother & father could not stay together, so they divided the children between them. Fifty would stay with their mother in the mountains, fifty would follow their father - south - to the sea... From the children of this union arose the first Viet tribes. But in my era this legend became transposed to sing the story of division and exodus that arose out of the Vietnam War of the late 20th century... We divided into North/South in 1955, we divided again (sending Southerners into & across seas) in 1975.... This song is highly personal to me but I wrote it even more so to speak to the collective experience of the group and moment in history I was born into. In this history much blood has been shed, a lot of debt racked up (spiritual, physical, environmental, psychological), much destruction enacted, on all sides, all for the sake of being able to claim a name, a belonging, a concept of belonging, the illusion of owning - rights, namesake, nation.
For these reasons as well as my own personal ones, it seems important to me that this song now go out to the world unfettered, free, shareable, belonging not even to me anymore, but to all of us. Myth - I believe - evolves with our understanding of myths; and new myths and revisions of myths are needed, from time to time, to help us evolve, truly liberated. I am only this tale's re-telling of the moment, and my hope is that others will begin to revisit and rewrite the tale for themselves, and in this way we may help the brothers and sisters of the original legend (in spirit at least) to come together again.....
This song is for my people, on all of our shores.
I invite you to download, share, translate, excerpt, etc. as long as the work is duly credited back to its source and is shared for non-commercial use only. ( More on the story of this song can be found here: www.daostrom.wordpress.com
released December 21, 2010