Dagtang Lason, Translated

It’s a long weekend.

Radio lately has been a treasure trove – or such – of bad LSS.  There’s “Nobody” by the Wondergirls, those songs by 2Ne1 (which, to my untrained ears, is any Korean girl-pop song that isn’t nobarreh-nobarreh-batchoo, so sue me).  And then there’s Dagtang Lason.

I don’t have to like the state of Pinoy hip-hop today (don’t get me wrong: I do) to recognize the market value of “crappy” songs.  They are songs made in the streets: populist lyric poetry, made by non-poets in the interest of explaining and sharing realities of a society they experience.  Baby Kupal: Mazakerista ng Tondo, following this logic, should be the next National Artist for Literature.

Which means that I, as a lyrics translator, am obliged and “required” to translate that song into English… simply because I can.

Here goes… prepare for the burnination.

I Loved a Gay Man

Translation of “Nagmahal Ako Ng Bakla” by Dagtang Lason

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

Trying to heal a heart that’s always seems to bleed
I’m takin’ it seriously why is it that they always leave me
So now I woke up to that one reality
That a girl will always make a sick joke out of me
So I made a firm decision to love a gay man
To make him feel the songs of what I’m feeling inside
To him, oh yeah, and not to another woman
Who sabotages my heart always, time and again
Like I’m a toy that’s always stepped on
After years of use then I’ll be left and thrown out
It’s so unfair, that’s why I’ll love a gay man
So now to this song you have to keep on listening

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

The hurt from a woman is the reason why
I loved someone like him even if he looks like a fly
And he did not hold back, but he wasn’t advancin’
And that’s the reason why my ass is still a virgin
And I know deep inside, that we won’t have any issues
I won’t get him preggers ‘coz we both have a penis
Damn, his whole life to me he really gave
He gave everything he had as long as I hold on and stay
I will never leave you even if you’re gay
As long as you trust me like the stars and all of their rays.
Gold, that’s what we have between you and me
I love you, I just hope I don’t get an STD

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

I wrote this song all because of madness
Everytime I love my heart is torn into a million pieces
I gave everything she wanted, and I gave her some more
I gave all that she ever desired, and my body I even offered
Yet in exchange of it all is that I got betrayed
And after all of that she  even laughed at my face
So now Len Jack is cryin’, way too much of an attack
It’s like my heart’s run over by 5 million trucks
Everything’s so simple, but the pain still remains
So the heart made a decision in spite of all of its pains
That maybe I’ll just love someone who’s gay
I’ll never be hurt, and I’ll make money anyway

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

Only one gay is worth lovin’ all through my life
To him I will give my heart with all its colors so rife
He’s the one who gives laughs and joy
This love of mine became happy with a boy
Heck, my GF never really cared
I loved her, yeah, but it never mattered anyway
So I started to love a very gay man
Even if to girls my love was always a problem
Even if his face is a reminds me of a crime spree
As long as he doesn’t make me appeal to anyone’s pity
So if you’re like me, and you keep on losing your woman
They’re everywhere, really, start loving a gay man

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

I don’t really want to love anyone, really
Coz I’m OK with you, as you are with me
As long as you don’t forget your responsibility
There’s nothing that you’ll ever do except make me happy
With you I’m always glad, coz I’m always all filled up
You never make me hungry coz you fear getting beat up
In my life you fill the role of my own all-around
If it’s true, replacing you’s the last thing I’m thinkin’ of
But don’t pin your hopes that you’ll pull a fast one
Coz before we lay side by side for a sex change operation
Oh yeah, high tech, we are really modern lovers
If you lay a hand on me, I’ll scream out “Holdaper!”

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

We’re loitering hooligans,  we’re tired of women
There are women who betray us, and from us they take money
Starting from now it’s a gay man who’ll get all our lovin’
It feels good to be loved by gay men
Oh it’s so good… to feel it

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