Song Lyric Sunday – I Have A Right

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday has the prompt Brain/Mind/Think. Instantly “Brain Damage” by Pink Floyd popped into my head, but I wanted something a tad bit more challenging and less known. I am thoroughly enjoying showcasing bands and songs that may be relatively unknown and introducing them here. For this week’s challenge, I chose “I Have a Right” by Sonata Arctica.

Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band formed in 1996 under the name Tricky Beans. Currently, the band consists of singer Tony Kakko as singer/songwriter as well as keyboardist, Elias Viljanen and Pasi Kauppinen as guitarists, Henrik Klingenberg as the bands keyboardists/keytartis, and drummer Tommy Portimo.

In 1997 the band released its first demo under the name Tricky Means and was quickly signed by Spinefarm Records in Kima, Finland. It was suggested that the band change its name and the members choose “Sonata” and “Arctica” for where they lived. Finally, in 1999, they released their first album, Ecliptica.

If I am being completely honest, I am not drawn to their music other than this one particular song. I have outgrown much of my “power metal” phase and with the exception of a few bands, I don’t regularly follow newer power/thrash metal music.

This particular song, I Have a Right, is off the band’s “Stones Grow Her Name” album released in May, 2012. In an interview, Tony Kakko (or should he be Sir Tony Kakko, as he is knighted) explains the meaning behind the song as follows:

Yes it’s about how we should bring up our offspring, our children, especially here in Finland we’ve been at war with Russia, our parents were fighting with Russia and Russians killed a lot of Finnish people, of course that’s what you do in war. They bombed and there was a lot of Russian hate in Finland, so my Grandparents might have had a lot of prejudice for Russian people, but the whole thing got milder for our parents, but my Mom is a little bit prejudice about certain things still. That doesn’t mean that I have to boot that burden forward to my own kids any more you know and I’m trying to teach my kids to have a normal, mind of their own really, and not to be racist just because that’s the way it has always been around here or something like that.

There was criticism from fans regarding the change in style of music of Sonata Arctica moving from a POWER metal band to more of a MELODIC metal band, but they still plug forward.

As for me personally, coming into realizing I, myself, have a right to be who I am, and hope my daughters feel the same, the song “spoke” to me. The lyrics contain the word “THINK” and it is highlighted below.

Sonata Arctica – I have a Right

Give me the right to be heard,
To be seen, to be loved, to be free,
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
I have a right to be heard,
To be seen, to be loved, to be free,
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
Father, there’s a little flower
Beautiful and different all alone
All alone
Is it so, Dad?
I’m not supposed to
Make the world anew, and be like you?
Am I you?
Give me the gift to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
I have a right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
Right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be me
You made it clear right
From the start
I am to take your sour heart within,
One sad day
But I will never teach my son
Embittered history, tried and true,
‘Cause I’m not you
I have a right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
I have a right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To have every gift I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
Give me the eyes so I see
Give me ears so I hear
Give me love so I know what love is
Give me the freedom to think
To believe
In something
I have a right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
“I have a special right to grow up,
And to develop physically and spiritually
In a healthy and normal way
Free, and with dignity
I have the right to love, and understanding.”
“My parents have special responsibilities
For my education and guidance
I should be taught peace
Understanding, tolerance,
And friendship among all people.
“So give me the gift to hear, to see,
The love, the freedom to choose the things I feel,
To be right for the world you’ll leave me
Give something
Give me the right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
I have a right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
In something
Give me the right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be me, to be safe, to believe
Give something
Right to be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be heard
To be seen, to be loved, to be free
To be everything I need
To be heard

Published by SadiRose

Blogging gets the noise in my head out...at least for a little while. I use blogging to weed through all that noise and find the humor in each situation, even if it takes some time to find it. I am not selling anything, just sharing experiences as a mother, Amma, wife, paralegal, volunteer, Muslimah, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, woman.

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