Wavin' Flag
K'naan Lyrics


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When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh
Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
But violent prone, poor people zone
But it's my home, all I have known
Where I got grown, streets we would roam

Out of the darkness, I came the farthest
Among the hardest survival
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak
Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat

So we struggling, fighting to eat
And we wondering when we'll be free
So we patiently wait for that fateful day
It's not far away, but for now we say

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh

So many wars, settling scores
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
I heard them say, "love is the way"
"Love is the answer," that's what they say

But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us
Try to control us, they couldn't hold us
'Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers

But we struggling, fighting to eat
And we wondering, when we'll be free
So we patiently wait for that faithful day
It's not far away but for now we say

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes

And then it goes

And everybody will be singing it
And you and I will be singing it
And we all will be singing it

Oh, oh, oh

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, and then it goes

When I get older I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh

When I get older
When I get older
I will be stronger
Just like a wavin' flag
Just like a wavin' flag
Just like a wavin' flag




Flag, flag
Just like a wavin' flag

Overall Meaning

The song Wavin' Flag by Somali-Canadian singer K'naan speaks of the resilience of people in the face of hardship and adversity. The lyrics talk about the struggles that people endure and the hope they hold on to, even in the darkest of times. The song starts with the lines "When I get older, I will be stronger. They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag." These lines highlight the power and strength of the human spirit, while the metaphor of a waving flag represents the people's fight for freedom and their perseverance in the face of obstacles.


The lyrics also address the issue of poverty and violence and how that affects people's lives. The lines "Born to a throne, stronger than Rome, but violent prone, poor people zone" suggest that despite being born in a place with a rich cultural heritage, there are problems like violence and inequality that continually afflict the people. The lines "Out of the darkness I came the farthest, among the hardest survival", along with "accept no defeat, surrender, retreat", convey the idea of endurance in the face of challenges.


The song's chorus is optimistic and hopeful, and it resonates with people all around the world. It speaks to their struggles, their pain, and their hopelessness, but also their hope for a better future. The lines "And everybody will be singing it, And you and I will be singing it, And we all will be singing it" convey the message that people can come together to make a change, to be stronger, and to stand up for their rights and freedoms.


Line by Line Meaning

When I get older I will be stronger
As I age, I will become more resilient and capable of overcoming adversities.


They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
People will associate me with freedom, and I will be a symbol of hope and resilience.


And then it goes back, and then it goes back
The struggles and difficulties of life will come and go, but my determination to fight for freedom will remain constant.


Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
My birthright is to rise above the challenges of life and become a powerful and influential force.


But violent prone, poor people zone
My environment is filled with violence and poverty, but I refuse to succumb to the negativity around me.


But it's my home, all I have known
Despite the challenges, this is where I come from, and I will fight to make it a better place for everyone.


Where I got grown, streets we would roam
This is where I grew up, and with the people around me, I explored and learned the ways of the world.


Out of the darkness, I came the farthest
Through my struggles, I have persevered and come out of the darkness, stronger than ever before.


Among the hardest survival
I have endured hardships that many people would not be able to survive.


Learn from these streets, it can be bleak
My experiences in life have taught me that the world can be tough and unforgiving.


Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat
I refuse to accept defeat in the face of adversity, and I will never give up or retreat.


So we struggling, fighting to eat
We face daily struggles to survive and put food on the table for ourselves and our families.


And we wondering when we'll be free
We live in hope that one day we will be free from the hardships that we face.


So we patiently wait for that fateful day
While we wait for that day to come, we remain patient and persistent in our pursuit of freedom and a better life.


It's not far away, but for now we say
We believe that our freedom and liberation is just around the corner, but until then, we keep fighting with hope in our hearts.


So many wars, settling scores
Conflict and competition have caused numerous wars and disputes, leaving many people impoverished and hopeless.


Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
Promises of a better future have often led to disappointment and poverty, leaving many people worse off than they were before.


I heard them say, 'love is the way'
Some people say that love is the answer to our problems.


'Love is the answer,' that's what they say
Love is often touted as the solution to our struggles and hardships.


But look how they treat us, make us believers
Despite their claims of love and compassion, those in power often mistreat and manipulate those that they govern.


We fight their battles, then they deceive us
The oppressed are often forced to fight for the oppressor's causes, only to be left betrayed and disillusioned.


Try to control us, they couldn't hold us
Those in power may try to control us through force and oppression, but we refuse to be held down.


'Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers
Like the Buffalo Soldiers who fought for their freedom in the American West, we remain steadfast in our pursuit of liberation.


And everybody will be singing it
When we finally achieve freedom, it will be celebrated by everyone, and our story will be sung for generations to come.


And you and I will be singing it
As individuals, we will each have played a role in the struggle for freedom, and we will all share in the triumph of the moment.


And we all will be singing it
Together, as a community, we will sing the praises of our efforts to overcome oppression and find freedom.


Just like a wavin' flag
The waving flag represents our triumph over adversity and the struggles we have faced, and a symbol of our hope for a better future.


Flag, flag
The flag is a powerful symbol of our struggles and our perseverance, and it reminds us of our determination to overcome all obstacles.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Keinan Abdi Warsame, Phillip Martin Lawrence, Peter Gene Hernandez, Jean Guillaume Daval, Edmond Thomas Dunne, Andrew Lawrence Bloch

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@ammarhasan5203

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

[Verse 1]
Give me freedom, give me fire
Give me reason, take me higher
See the champions take the field now
You define us, make us feel proud
In the streets, our heads are liftin'
As we lose our inhibition
Celebration, it surrounds us
Every nation, all around us

[Pre-Chorus]
Staying forever young
Singin' songs underneath the sun
Let's rejoice in the beautiful game
And together at the end of the day
We all say

[Chorus]
When I get older, I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
When I get older, I will be stronger
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag
So wave your flag, now wave your flag
Now wave your flag (Oh-oh, oh)

[Post-Chorus]
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

[Verse 2]
Give you freedom, give you fire
Give you reason, take you higher
See the champions take the field now
You define us, make us feel proud
In the streets, our heads are liftin'
As we lose our inhibition
Celebration, it surrounds us
Every nation, all around us



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We got older, we got stronger..

10 years later

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10 fucking Years...

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10 years bro a whole decade

@nicolaisyljeset8793

First time I saw this video I was 5 years, and in Spain watching the Wc. Good times...

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