Sunday, June 3, 2007

Music Lesson #6

If you want to get your ideas out, you gotta take risks.

Murder is a touchy subject and I don't believe any Filipino songwriter, or poet for that matter, has ever written a murder ballad. Maybe it's because murder ballads aren't really part of the Filipino artistic tradition, unlike in England and in America. American folk music, for example, is rife with murder ballads. There's Stagger Lee, the Original Gangster who walked into a bar with a Colt 45 and a deck of cards and shot everyone dead. There's Neil Young's Down By the River where he shot his baby dead... deahhhhd. There's Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe about a guy who kills his girlfriend for "running round town" and then flees to Mexico. Then there's the creepiest one for me, the Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley, a North Carolina folk song based on the murder of a girl by an impoverished civil war veteran named Tom Dula and the latter's subsequent hanging.

And then there's my own murder ballad "Patay na Babae sa Loob Ng Bahay."

The song is about a guy who parties all night, blacks out, then awakes in his house to the sight of a dead girl covered in gore. There's a bloody hammer on the side and knives stuck in the victim. He doesn't know how the corpse got there. Hilarious consequences ensue.

It's definitely a risky subject. I don't think it's going to please the women's groups. And I certainly don't want to offend any victims' rights advocacy groups. But the thing is grisly, mind-blowingly disgusting murders happen everyday. In a way, they make us examine the nature of good and evil inside of us. You don't have to read Shakespeare's Macbeth to know that murder is a legitimate subject of art.

In law school, by the way, you spend your freshman year with two criminal law subjects where you read, among others, piles of Supreme Court cases describing in detail crimes against persons so horrible you can't show them on CSI. There's the politician who had his enemy disemboweled and the guy's intestines wrapped around his neck while he was still breathing and his own testicles stuffed into his mouth. There's the the guy who sleep-hacked his wife to death. There's Manero who killed a priest and ate his brain. Lawyers are trained not to be shocked by the grisliness of the act so they can focus on the evidence and the procedure.

I guess you can say that med students are desensitized to dead bodies while law students are desensitized to murder. Or maybe not. Notably, Ted Bundy, one of the worst serial killers in United States history, was studying law when he was finally caught. He conducted his own defense with laughable results, straight to the gas chamber.

For those who don't read the news, Ador Mawanay was a guy who came out into the open years ago accusing a certain powerful politician of being a drug lord and a murderer. Later on, a guy by the name of Udong Mahusay surfaced accusing another powerful political personality of equally derogatory things. Both Mawanay and Mahusay, through their own acts in the public eye, have separately earned reputations as unreliable witnesses. That's how the song jokingly makes reference to them.


Patay na Babae sa Loob ng Bahay

Partied 'til the break of dawn sa bahay
Sa daming nainom nawalan ako ng malay
Paggising ko ng hapon may nakahandusay
Na patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Paggising ko ng hapon may nakahandusay
Na patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Kung pwedeng manag-inip ang panag-inip
Ito na marahil ang masisilip
Alin ang kathang-isip at alin ang tunay
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Alin ang kathang-isip at alin ang tunay
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Nakabaon pa ang mga kutsilyo
Nanginginig pa ang duguang martilyo
Dapa sa sahig, tumutulo pa ang laway
Ng patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Dapa sa sahig, tumutulo pa ang laway
Ng patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Tumawag akong pulis ako ay natakot
Pagdating nila ako ang hinakot
Laging natotrobol pero di parin masanay
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Laging natotrobol pero di parin masanay
Sa patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Ang magpaliwanag ay pangkaraniwan
Pero maniwala kang ako'y walang kasalanan
Ano lang naman ang iyong patunay?
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Ano lang naman ang iyong patunay?
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Abogado ko si Ador Mawanay
Star witness ko si Udong Mahusay
Hatol sa akin ng huwes ay bitay
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Ano lang naman ang iyong patunay?
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Minsan talaga ganyan ang buhay
Di puti di itim, paib-iba ng kulay
Merong nangyayaring di inaasahang bagay
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Patay na babae sa loob ng bahay
Merong nangyayaring di inaasahang bagay
May patay na babae sa loob ng bahay.

Awang-awa ako kay nanay at tatay
Hiyang-hiya ako sa kapitbahay
Sana nama'y huwag nang mahukay
Ang patay na babe sa ilalim ng bahay.

Patay na babae sa ilalim ng bahay
Patay na babae sa ilalim ng bahay
Sana nama'y huwag nang mahukay
Ang patay na babae sa ilalim ng bahay!

Yeah! Come on!
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So there. Chupacabraz plays this song quite regularly usually as the last one in the set. The Mag:Net service staff goes freaking crazy everytime they hear it. Khavn dela Cruz made a video (with English subtitles) for a short version of the song but it's too hot for TV so just check it out on Youtube.

1 comment:

Kamatayan said...

"Notably, Ted Bundy, one of the worst serial killers in United States history, was studying law when he was finally caught." - Would you say Ted Bundy was the worst serial killer in US history, or the best? Hm...