Hong Kong’s new unofficial anthem now has an orchestra version played by musicians in goggles and gas masks.
Performed by “Black Blorchestra,” the rendition of “Glory to be thee, Hong Kong” was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and already has more than 600,000 views.
The song was composed by a local musician by Thomas and has been gaining steam among protesters this month as Hong Kong’s “new national anthem.” It’s been sung at shopping malls around the city, as well as at football matches following the booing of “March of the Volunteers.”
Here’s a popular translation of the lyrics into English:
For all of our tears on our land
Do you feel the rage in our cries?
Rise up and speak up! Our voice echoes
Freedom shall shine upon us
For all of our fears that lingers
With faith, we shall never surrender
With blood, tears, and sweat, we shall stride ahead
For this glory, lib-eral land
When the stars no longer guide our path
In the fog, the horn of conscience summons us
“Preserve! For we are as one, with poise and be brave
Courage, wisdom are long with us.”
The dawn has come. Let’s revive our Hong Kong
Revolution of our time! For righteousness!
Democracy and liberty, wish them long last here
For the glory of Hong Kong