"Timor" as written by and Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll Peter Gabriel....
Timor, Timor
Yale, Yale, East Timor, Timor
Timor, Timor
Timor, Timor

Going on and on and on and on
This is going on and on and on and on now
Said it once and say it twice, I want to save your time
Safety, safety

It's alright, it's alright
'Cause the system never fails
The good guys are in power and the bad guys are in jail

It's alright, it's alright
Just as long as we can vote
We live in democracy and that's what we promote

Isn't it, sn't it? (ooh-ooh)
Isn't it, isn't it? (ooh-ooh)

It's alright, it's alright
At least there's half the truth
Hearing what we want's the secret of eternal youth

It's alright, it's alright
The planet's split in three
'Cause I'll keep on selling records and you've got your MTV

If we forget about 'em
Don't worry
If they forget about us
Then hurry
How about the people who don't matter anymore?

East Timor, Timor, Timor
Ooh
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, ah

It's alright, it's alright
We'll show all on TV
So we won't really know it just by watching **BC

It's alright, it's alright
For a flag we die or kill
As long as we don't know it, do it just to pay the bills

If we forget about 'em
Don't worry
If they forget about us
Then hurry
How about the people who don't matter anymore?

If we forget about 'em
Don't worry
If they forget about us
Then hurry
How about the people who don't matter anymore?

East Timor, Timor, Timor

Let's keep telling the world it's sunny
They risk their hides to make the money
Now don't you find that funny?

If we forget about 'em
If they forget about us
Then hurry
(How about those people who don't matter anymore?)

If we forget about 'em
Don't worry
If they forget about us
Then hurry
(How about those people who don't matter anymore?)

East Timor, Timor, Timor

East Timor, Timor, Timor

East Timor


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"Timor" as written by Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll Peter Gabriel

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  • +2
    General CommentThe song criticizes the media (that showed East Timor's independence case for a while and then completely forgot about that country, leaving it poor and abandoned) as shown in the phrase "It's alright, they don't show it on TV, so we won't really know it just by watching *BC". "*BC" are the two final letters of some television networks acronymous, such as NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC meaning "Broadcasting Company/Corporation". Notably, music reviewers describes Timor as the most danceful and protestful song on the entire album.

    The song was renamed "It's Alright" in the Indonesian version of the album, because East Timorese independence is still a highly controversial issue. The album cover was also changed in many Muslim nations.
    dreamjaymon August 02, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think Lizzie's statement that East Timor is "some sort of Arabian place" serves to highlight the point of this song. No offence, since I did not know anything about East Timor till I read: John Pilger's 'The New Rulers of the World'. (A good read, highly recommended).

    East Timor is actually near Indonesia (south east Asia) and is not Arabian. General Suharto, the second president of Indonesia, forcefully occupied East Timor killing 200,000 of the East Timorese people.

    He was supported by the West because he was anti-communist and because he was buying weapons from many western countries, e.g. UK and Tony Blair. He also oppressed his own people, the Indonesians, by forcing them into slave labour for the western factories.

    This was the reason their was little to no coverage by the "bc". Everything was considered fine over there, and General Suharto was treated like a great man ("The good guys are in power").

    Until this day, no one really cares about these people and what happened to them (despite Amnesty International's efforts).
    RichardEon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis might just be the point of the song... but where exactly is East Timor? And what's going on there that is so important? I'm guessing it's some sort of Arabian place... given Shakira's heritage... and most Middle Eastern places have a lot of problems (not meaning to offend anyone... but that's all I have ever learned about the Middle East... war, sand, and oil)
    lizzieluvs2playon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPS. This song has a great amount of sarcasm in it. It's a bitter song, and considers our "democracy" a sham since the news only provides half the truth.
    RichardEon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteast timor got seperated from indonesia somewhere in 1998 i guess, now the country is one of the most or even the poorest country in the world.
    theres this west timor which is still part of Indonesia, and you can see the huge difference between the living condition of these two places, i heard everyday there are probably 2000 eastern timorese illegally flew from their country to Indonesia, and what indonesian government do is just putting them all in jail coz the county(timor) doesnt have any newspaper or stuff to realize that their citized are being captured by the indonesian gvn
    vauinon October 27, 2007   Link
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    TranslationIt's alright, it's alright
    خوبه، اشکالی نداره
    Cause the system never fails
    چون این نظام هرگز شکست نمی خوره
    The good guys are in power
    آدم های خوب در قدرت هستند
    And the bad guys are in jail
    آدم های بد هم تو زندان
    It's alright, it's alright
    اشکالی نداره، عیبی نداره
    Just as long as we can vote
    مادامی که بتونیم رای بدیم
    We live in democracy
    در جامعه دمکرات زندگی می کنیم
    And that's what we promote
    این چیزیه که می خوایم رواج بدیم
    Isn't it? Isn't it?
    این طور نیست؟ این طور نیست؟
    Isn't it? Isn't it?
    این طور نیست؟ این طور نیست؟

    It's alright, it's alright
    اشکالی نداره،هیچ عیبی نداره
    If the news says half the truth
    اگه همه حقیقت در تلویزیون نشون داده نمی شه
    Hearing what we want's the secret of eternal youth
    انگار چیزی که میخوایم بدونیم رازچگونه تا ابد جوان ماندن هست
    It's alright, it's alright,
    اشکالی نداره،هیچ عیبی نداره
    The planets splits in three
    سیاره ها به سه بخش تقسیم می شوند
    (اشاره به لفظ جهان سوم)
    Cause I'll keep selling records
    چون من رکورد فروش رو همچنان می زنم
    And you've got your MTV
    و شما هم "ام تی وی" تون رو دارید

    If we forget about them, don't worry
    اگه ما اونارو فراموش کردیم، نگران نباش
    If they forget about us then hurry
    اگه اونا مارو فراموش کردن پس عجله کن

    How about the people who don't matter anymore?
    نظرتون راجع به افرادی که دیگه برامون اهمیت ندارن چیه؟
    East Timor, Timor, Timor
    تیمور شرقی،تیمور تیمو

    It's alright, it's alright
    اشکالی نداره،هیچ عیبی نداره
    If they don't show all on TV
    اگه همه ی حقیقت رو از تلوزیون نمی بینیم
    So we won't really know it
    بنا بر این ما اونو نمی دونیم
    Just by watching *BC
    اگه فقط "بی سی" هارو می بینیم
    (اشاره به شبکه های سی بی سی، ان بی سی، بی بی سی و ...)
    It's alright, it's alright
    اشکالی نداره،هیچ عیبی نداره (کنایه)
    For our flag we die or kill
    اگه فقط به خاطر پرچممون آدم می کشیم و می میریم
    As long as we don't know
    چونکه نمی دونیم
    We do it just to pay the bills
    این کارو به خاطر پرداخت بدهی می کنیم
    If we forget about them, don't worry
    اگه ما اونارو فراموش کردیم، نگران نباش
    If they forget about us then hurry
    اگه اونا مارو فراموش کردن پس عجله کن
    How about the people who don't matter anymore?
    نظرتون راجع به افرادی که دیگه برامون اهمیت ندارن چیه؟
    If we forget about them don't worry
    اگه ما اونارو فراموش کردیم، نگران نباش
    If they forget about us then hurry
    اگه اونا مارو فراموش کردن پس عجله کن
    How about our people who don't matter anymore?
    نظرتون راجع به افرادی که دیگه برامون مهم نیستن چیه؟
    East Timor, Timor, Timor
    تیمور شرقی،تیمور تیمو

    We'll be tanning while it's sunny
    ما داریم برنزه میشیم وقتی هوا افتابی
    They'll risk our hides just to make their money
    انها مجبورن زندگیشون رو به خطر بندازن تا کمی اقتصادشون بهتر شه
    Now don't you find that funny?
    فکر نمی کنه این خنده دار باشه؟

    If we forget about them
    اگه ما اونارو فراموش کردیم،
    If they forget about us then hurry
    اگه اونا مارو فراموش کردن پس عجله کن
    How about our people who don't matter anymore?
    نظرتون راجع به افرادی که دیگه برامون مهم نیستن چیه؟
    If we forget about them don't worry
    اگه ما انها فراموش کردیم، نگران نباش
    If they forget about us then hurry
    اگه اونا مارو فراموش کردن پس عجله کن
    How about those people who don't matter anymore?
    نظرتون راجع به افرادی که دیگه برامون مهم نیستن چیه؟
    East Timor, Timor, Timor
    تیمور شرقی،تیمور تیمو
    East Timor, Timor, Timor
    تیمور شرقی،تیمور تیمو
    East Timor
    تیمور شرقی



    (Timor-Leste جمهوری دموکراتیک تیمور شرقی (به پرتغالی
    کشوری است واقع در جنوب شرق آسیا ، جنوب مجموعه جزایر ملوک اندونزی و شمال غرب استرالیا و پایتخت آن دیلی است. تیمور شرقی بیش از یک میلیون جمعیت دارد که اکثر آنان مسیحی کاتولیک هستند. در جریان خشونت‌ها در سال ۱۹۹۹ بیش از یک هزار نفر کشته و عده زیادی بی خانمان شدند. بیشتر موارد نقض حقوق بشر و خونریزی‌ها در تیمور شرقی در سال ۱۹۹۹، نتیجه اقدامات شبه نظامیان مسلح بوده و ارتش اندونزی مسئول مسلح کردن و متشکل کردن این شبه نظامیان بوده‌ است
    تیمور شرقی تا سال ۲۰۰۲ میلادی از جمله استان‌های اندونزی بود و در پی قیام ها و شورش های استقلال طلبانه از این کشور جدا شد، سرانجام ۲۰ مه ۲۰۰۲ میلادی تیمور شرقی از اندونزی اعلام استقلال کرد
    مردم این کشور کوچک طی همه‌پرسی عمومی و زیر نظارت نیروهای حافظ صلح ملل متحد، در سال ۲۰۰۲ به استقلال خود از اندونزی رای دادند
    mohammadiranion June 03, 2015   Link

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