Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.
Oh I just wanna go to work And get back home, and be something I just wanna fall and lie And do my time, and be something Well I just wanna prove my worth On the planet Earth, and be, something I just wanna fall in love Not fuck it up, and feel something
Well lately, don’t understand what I am Treated as a fool Not quite a woman or a man Well I don’t know I guess I don’t understand the plan
Colonized, and hypnotized, be something Sterilized, dehumanized, be something Well take your pay And stay out the way, be something Ah, do your best But fuck the rest, be something
Well lately, it’s been mighty hard to see Just searching for my lost humanity I look for you, my friend But do you look for me?
Lately I’m not too afraid, to die I wanna leave it all behind I think about it sometimes Lately all my time’s been movin’ slow I don’t know where I’m gonna go Just give me time, I’ll know
Oh, any day now Oh, any day now I will come along Oh, any day now Oh, any day now I will come along I will come along
Dead Puerto Ricans, who never knew they were Puerto Ricans Who never took a coffee break from the 10th commandment To kill, kill, kill The landlords of their cracked skulls And communicate with their Latin souls Juan, Miguel, Milagros, Olga, Manuel From the nervous breakdown streets where the mice live like millionaires And the people do not live at all
From el barrio to Arecibo, ¡Pa’lante! From Marble Hill to the ghost of Emmett Till, ¡Pa’lante! To Juan, Miguel, Milagros, Manuel, ¡Pa’lante! To all who came before, we say, ¡Pa’lante! To my mother and my father, I say, ¡Pa’lante! To Julia, and Sylvia, ¡Pa’lante! To all who had to hide, I say, ¡Pa’lante! To all who lost their pride, I say, ¡Pa’lante! To all who had to survive, I say, ¡Pa’lante! To my brothers, and my sisters, I say, ¡Pa’lante! ¡Pa’lante! ¡Pa’lante! To all came before, we say, ¡Pa’lante!
Songwriters: Alynda Segarra / Pedro Pietri
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