Song of the Day #3,041: ‘Young, Latin and Proud’ – Helado Negro

helado_negroHappy Halloween! An appropriate day to once again contemplate the possibility of a Donal Trump presidency.

This week I’ll feature five more songs from the 30 Days, 30 Songs project, which unveils a new anti-Trump track every day during the month leading up to the election.

Today’s selection is from Helado Negro, stage name of Roberto Carlos Lange, a Brooklyn-based singer.

He says in his intro that this is the first election he’s voting in, and I suspect that will be the case for a lot of Hispanics this year. You don’t start your campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and not face the consequences.

Here’s his lead-in:

This is the first election that I’m voting in. I’ve never followed an election so closely. I feel the need to participate. I’m not voting for Trump.

This song was written as a message of encouragement to myself. A me that was younger, growing up around all of the noise about who you should be or how you should be as a young man, a brown boy, a Latino person. It’s weird and can feel uncomfortable lots of times. The song falls in between whispering and shouting. It’s me telling myself that it’s okay to be all of these different things.

And here’s the song:

And you can only view you
with what you got
you don’t have to pretend
that you got to know more
cause you are
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
Cause you woke up
feeling like this
you woke up
knowing that you’ll be you
for the rest of your life
for the rest of your life
for the rest of your life
cause you are
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
and we are
young latin and proud
young latin and proud
we are
young latin and proud
we are
young latin and proud
And you grow older
knowing that you’ll
always be this one thing
and you’ll have
this to be you
and the people
who’ll be here waiting for you
always will be one with you
and you’ll be one with me
Young latin and proud
Young latin and proud
Young latin and proud
Young latin and proud
Tu abuela es
Young latin and proud
Tus padres son
Young latin and proud
Tu hermana es
Young latin and proud
Tus primos son
Young latin and proud
Young latin and proud
Young latin and proud
one day you’ll be
old latin and proud
old latin and proud
old latin and proud
old latin and proud

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,041: ‘Young, Latin and Proud’ – Helado Negro

  1. Dana says:

    I suggested to Amy that we should ask each parent coming to our door tonight who they are voting for and those answering Trump would get no candy. Daniel thought that was a bit too cruel and proposed 2 pieces for Hillary, 1 piece for Trump. Frankly, I wish we had 1000 Hillary pins or stickers to hand out tonight. Of course, any of these actions could get our house egged so we will distribute candy equally and keep our politics to ourselves (except of course for the Hillary stickers on the cars).

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