Mama karim bebi nogat inap marasin
Pikinini lusim skul mekim raskol pasin
Mama laik go maket rot kondisen aut
Pablik Sevent laik wok pawa black aut
Olsem wanem nau kantri blong mi PNG?
Planti kainkain hevi nogat sevis deliveri
Graun blong yumi oil, gas na silver gol pulap
Why ol pikinini hangere taim ol memba bel solap?
We stap win moni bilong dispela elensi gas?
Planti moa risos i go tasol ekonomi go wes
Yumi weitim wanem, ol pinisim gol na silver?
Katim daun ol diwai, na stilim planti moa timber?
Tingim taim ol go bek karim kago na tok baibai
Lusim yumi wantaim graun ino nap karim kaikai
Na taim yumi bungim hevi ol bai tanim baksait
Na hamamas na hait taim yumi yet kros pait
Na husat nau i asua, ol memba statim kros pait
Pulim lain igo ikam, gavman igo oposisen sait
Taitim baset nating, nogat moni long basket
Bihain askim raun long husat igat moni maket
Askim Sainaman em tok kam kisi moa lon
Aiyo! na why turu na dispela kantri ibin bon?
Yumi gat planti wari tasol Saina tok gat ansa
Karim bokis moni kam na tok sain lo ya!
Na yumi han lek guria na pairapim tasol
Na apim bokis dinau moni soim masol
Nambis go long hailens, wok imas go yet!
Tasol taim moni pinis, ples ino stret yet
Nau gavman i senis wantaim nupela Agrimen
Yumi mas gat hop, papa bilong haus em Igiri man
Singaut antap long maikrofon na tok kisim bek!
Na sampela harim na tok Aiyo! Bun i slek
Oh sore oh PNG! Yumi noken wari
Wok bung wantaim na sapotim Mangi Tari
Kisim bek kantri long korapsen dinau banis
Wokabaut wantaim long kamapim gutpela senis
Take back our country
[Loose translation by Keith Jackson]
Pregnant women don’t have enough medicine
Children drop out of school and become vandals
Mothers want to go to market but bad roads prevent it
Public servants want to work but the power goes off
How did our country PNG get to be like this?
We have so many problems but no service delivery
Yet our land is full of oil, gas, silver and gold
Why do our children go hungry when MPs bellies swell?
Where did all that LNG gas money go?
We are rich in resources but our economy’s wasted
Why are we waiting; for the gold and silver to disappear?
For all the trees to be cut down and our timber stolen?
Thinking of the time we carried cargo and talked of the future
When we left our land because there was not enough food
We had our problems and turned our backs on them
And were happy to hide when the arguments took place
And who’s to blame for this, the MPs always arguing
Parties coming and going, government’s becoming oppositions
Tight budgets doing nothing, no money in the basket
Then ask around who’s got access to the money market
And ask the Chinese to give us another loan
Oh dear! I ask you why this country was born?
We’ve got many worries but China says it has answers
Bringing boxes of money as a sign of these
And our hands and legs shake and bodies explode
And we raise boxes of debt to show our muscle
Coastals go to highlands, must get work!
But when the money’s gone, the place is still not right
Now the government’s changed in a new Agreement
The father of the house is an Igiri man
He shouts into a microphone that we’re taking back!
And some who hear him say, oh dear, our bones are tired
Oh sorry, oh! But our PNG don’t worry
We’ll join together to support the child of Tari
To take back our country from corruption and debt
And walk together to bring beneficial change