I saw this video of the Occupy Central protesters in Hong Kong and felt a rush of emotions:

My heart goes out to the protesters and I hope there will be a peaceful resolution. No one wants to witness another Tiananmen Massacre. 

This is the original music video for the song, 海阔天空 (ocean deep, sky wide), which seems to have become the unofficial protest anthem:

I grew up listening to canto-rock band, Beyond and their messages on world peace and freedom. I believe many others born in the 80s share my experience – definitely so in Hong Kong where Beyond was once the king of rock in the erstwhile British Hong Kong, now China Hong Kong.

Here’s the full lyrics in Chinese:

今天我寒夜里看雪飘过
怀着冷却了的心窝飘远方
风雨里追赶 雾里分不清影踪
天空海阔你与我 可会变
多少次迎着冷眼与嘲笑
从没有放弃过心中的理想
一刹那恍惚 若有所失的感觉
不知不觉已变淡 心里爱
原谅我这一生不羁放纵爱自由
也会怕有一天会跌倒
背弃了理想谁人都可以
哪会怕有一天只你共我
今天我寒夜里看雪飘过
怀着冷却了的心窝飘远方
风雨里追赶 雾里分不清影踪
天空海阔你与我 可会变
原谅我这一生不羁放纵爱自由
也会怕有一天会跌倒
背弃了理想谁人都可以
哪会怕有一天只你共我
仍然自由自我 永远高唱我歌
走遍千里
原谅我这一生不羁放纵爱自由
也会怕有一天会跌倒
背弃了理想谁人都可以
哪会怕有一天只你共我
背弃了理想谁人都可以
哪会怕有一天只你共我
原谅我这一生不羁放纵爱自由
也会怕有一天会跌倒
背弃了理想谁人都可以
哪会怕有一天只你共我

Ironically, Beyond’s Paul Wong (黄贯中), who made this song famous, only saw a revival of his career recently… on a CHINA TV show, singing this song:

There is no escaping the behemoth of mainland China.