Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spolarium



Songs are created by songwriters to express their feelings, to tell their stories, and to say their disappointments for something. All of the songs are meaningful - they may expressly or impliedly say something from within.

One of our viewers suggested a topic to me through e-mail. She asked me to create an article on a song with a hidden meaning on it or backmasking. I became interested, so I begun searching songs with hidden meanings. There were many, but only one caught my attention - the Spolarium of Eraserheads.

The Song



The song Spolarium was written and performed by the Eraserheads, and was included in their album - Sticker Happy. The song was allegedly hiding something puzzling behind the poetical lyrics. People who hear it might not understand instantly what was in there if they don't know the story. On the other hand, people may also misunderstand the song if not gently inspected and studied.

Now, let's have the lyrics of the said song.

[Taken from Internet:[1]]

Spolarium
By: Eraserheads

Dumilim ang paligid
May tumawag sa pangalan ko
Labing isang palapag
Tinanong kung okay lang ako
Sabay abot ng baso
May naghihintay
At bakit ba pag nagsawa na ako
Biglang ayoko na

At ngayon di pa rin alam
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
Pwede bang itigil muna ang pagikot ng mundo

Lumiwanag ang buwan
San Juan
'Di ko na masasakyan
Ang lahat ng bagay ay gumuguhit na lang sa 'king lalamunan
Ewan mo at ewan natin
Sinong may pakana
At bakit ba tumilapon ang gintong alak dyan sa paligid mo

At ngayon 'di pa rin alam
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
Pwede bang itigil muna ang pagikot ng mundo

Umiyak ang umaga
Anong sinulat ni Enteng at Joey dyan
Sa gintong salamin
'Di ko na mabasa
Pagkat merong nagbura ahhh…

Ewan mo at ewan natin
Sinong may pakana
At bakit ba tumilapon ang spolarium dyan sa paligid mo?

At ngayon di pa rin alam
Kung bakit tayo nandito
Pwede bang itigil muna, ang pagikot ng mundo
Pwede bang itigil muna, ang pagikot ng mundo
Pwede bang itigil muna, ang pagikot nga mundo

Spolarium
By: Eraserheads

The surroundings dimmed
Someone called my name
Eleven(th) floor(s)
And asked if I was okay
While handing me a glass
Someone was waiting
And why is it when I’ve had enough
Suddenly I don’t want it anymore

And now, I still have no idea
Why we're here
Can we please just stop the earth from revolving

The moon shone
San Juan
I may not be able to ride (on it)
Everything is just drawing a line (trailing) across my throat
You don’t know and we don’t know
Who did it
And why did the golden liquor spill all around you.

And now I still have no idea
Why we are here
Can we please stop just for now, the world from revolving

The morning cried
What did Enteng and Joey write
In the golden mirror
I can’t read anymore
Cause someone erased it ahh…

You don’t know and we don’t know
Who did it
Why did the spolarium spill all around you?

And now I still have no idea
Why we are here
Can we stop it for now, the world from revolving
Can we stop it for now, the world from revolving
Can we stop it for now, the world from revolving



Meaning of Terms



The title Spolarium (misspelled from the real term Spoliarium) was actually a 19th century painting of our hero - Juan Luna. The painting is now displayed in the Malacanang Palace. It depicts a picture of a scene in a Roman Coliseum with soldiers dragging cadavers of gladiator out of it. The painting signifies the death or absence of freedom or the loss of hope of a country.

The Spoliarium, in Latin, is a word referring to the basement of the Roman Colosseum where the fallen and dying gladiators are dumped and devoid of their worldly possessions.[3]

Other than that, there were also other obvious words in the song that might imply something important.

According to a website[1], these are the words he considered are important facts of the song.
  • San Juan
    This might refer to a place. The verse 'Di ko na masasakyan (I may not be able to ride on it.) might tell you a clue of a jeepney routing to the place named San Juan.

  • The word gumuguhit
    Gumuguhit came from the simple verb guhit which means to draw. However, the song didn't really mean to draw. Gumuguhit is actually a kind of feeling - sensing something sharp that trails across your throat, especially if you're drinking a liquor.

  • Enteng and Joey
    Enteng is a name presumed to be Vic Sotto, as it was his name in his popular fantasy movie, Enteng Kabisote. And Joey is Joey De Leon. They are two famous comedic icons in the Philippine entertainment scene or more appropriate mass culture. (You can still watch them every noon of Monday to Saturday on Eat Bulaga in GMA Channel 7.)
  • The Alleged Story



    Some people said that the song was actually telling us the story of Pepsi Paloma who was said to be a rape victim. They said the rapist was Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Richie D'Horsie.

    She was given a liquor till drunk. When her consciousness was lost, she was raped.

    The case happened in 1982. Joey de Leon along with Vic Sotto and Richie D'Horsie made headlines when underage actress Pepsi Paloma accused the trio of gang raping her. The case was settled out of court and the trio made a public apology to Paloma. According to Pepsi Paloma, it was mainly Tito Sotto who coerced her to sign the affidavit of desistance to throw out the filing of the rape case, which is punishable by death penalty at that time. Justice was stopped from moving when the comedians humbly made a public apology to the judge to where they admitted to the crime committed to the starlet. Paloma committed suicide by hanging herself afterwards in 1985, due to the trauma she experienced from the hands of the comedians.[2]

    There were rumors that Pepsi didn't actually committed suicide, instead she was killed to stop her from testifying in court.

    As the Spolarium resembles an absence of freedom, Pepsi's death indicates the absence of justice.



    The True Story



    It wasn't actually about the case of Pepsi Paloma. Yes, the story of the song did happen but wasn't connected to the prior sad story.

    In fact, it was telling us about how a drinking spree started.
    It was evening, Ely Buendia was about to go home. Then he was called out by somebody on the eleventh floor of a condo in San Juan (particularly in Unit 1108 of that condominium). He was asked if he's alright (as it was our habit, saying Kamusta? or How are you?). Somebody hand him a glass of liquor. He stayed there till morning.

    The gintong alak (golden liquor) is a Goldshlagger. Enteng was one of the Eraserheads' roadies that time; Joey a.k.a. Cowpunk, a classmate of Raims, was a member of the Eraserheads' posse. Thus, the song didn't have any connection with Vic Sotto as Enteng and Joey as Joey de Leon. What the two wrote using their hands in the mirror was Ely's true name but slightly erased. So he can't read it properly.


    Last Updated: April 08, 2014

    Source:
    [1] http://aragonasten.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/spolarium-by-eraserheads/
    [2] http://www.istorya.net/forums/general-discussions/550586-pepsi-paloma-and-meaning-behind-song-spolarium-eraserheads.html
    [3] http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/nationalmuseumbeta/Collections/Spoliarium.html

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