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My Name is Ana
Words & music by Ed Hooke, January 2007   -    Ed Hooke 2007

 

 

  

"My name is Ana" doesn't
so much tell a story
as attempt to
capture a moment
- or a few moments - of joy
in the life of a child,
witnessed by chance
by a passing stranger..

 

 

 

 

 

 


Behind the hotel, in a muddy side road is a row of frail embarrassed shacks
- held up by rope and fervent prayers.
For all her 10 years she's lived here.
Rain drumming down on and through the rusty corrugated iron rooves -
Swift rivulets are guided into stripe-like gushing cascades down upon the land.

And she goes, laughing with her baby brother,
And she throws her ragged clothes aside.
 And she goes, laughing with her baby brother,
And she throws her ragged clothes aside and they splash through the puddles.

Dancing, naked in the rain.
Dancing, naked in the rain.
Dancing.  The rain will be gone tomorrow.
Dancing.  This chance may not come again for some time.

"My name is Ana" she answers the foreign stranger.
"I don't want to speak English" she explains.
The sky has been wrung out, her clothes been dried by another sun-baked day.
She proffers polite excuses then bows down to familiar household chores.
He climbs the stairs to his hotel room.
She may forget him.
He will remember her.

And she knows what is good and what is not.
And she grows on the edge of Bacolod City.
And she knows her place in this world.
As she grows will she recall her happy childhood days of dancing?

Dancing, naked in the rain.
Dancing, naked in the rain.
Dancing.  This chance may not come again.
Dancing.  Come on - let's go dance in the rain - just for today.
Just for today.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring or take away?
 

   

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