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The central theme of the song is expressed in its narrated sonnet:What makes a nation great is not its sizeIt’s not the missiles not its fearsome hostsIt’s not the buildings not the oil suppliesIt’s not some worn-out tales of ancient ghostsIts people hold the secret of its powerIts people who disdain the way of forceThough murderous oppression knell the hourIts peaceful people turn their country’s courseFor who will stop the army of the meekAnd who can bend the will that has no fearAnd who will quell the wailing of the weakThe cry for freedom agonized and clearThe mighty crush the small and have their wayBut peaceful souls will rise to win the day
People have asked me how the song came to be written. Quite simply, it was inspired by a documentary film about tiny Estonia at the end days of the Soviet Union. By simply singing, the Estonians were peacefully able to break the bonds of tyranny.
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It is my sincere hope that the American public is awakened to the Tibetan situation as a matter of “justice and morality,” which is how it was described by the Dalai Lama in Boston a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps songs are a way to help spark that awakening.Best Regards,Frank Tedesco