6 things about our National Day songs you probably didn’t know

By August 2, 2016Local Life

TL;DR – Chan simi chan.

With National Day less than a week away, there’s an inevitable spirit in the air as we can’t wait to stand up for Singapore!

Here are some things about our NDP songs that you probably didn’t know!

1) Home is almost two-decades old


Yup, it was produced in 1998 which will make it 18 years old this year.

And yes, Kit Chan still looks THIS good.

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2) It took Dick Lee 17 years after Home to compose a new NDP song

It was for 2015’s Our Singapore sang by JJ Lin after years of saying ‘no’.



He says, “Year after year, I’ve been asked since Home. I know I have to top that and it is like you can’t top Silent Night or Jingle Bells.”

3) The songs actually sound pretty sad when in minor key version


4) Before 1997, there wasn’t a new theme song created for NDP every year


For example, “We are Singapore” was the theme song for both the 1987 and 1988 parades.

5)  Kit Chan holds the record

For the most number of performance of national day theme songs performed.

She performed three songs, and is followed by Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin with two songs each.


Sun Ho hasn’t performed any.

6) Chan Mali Chan is about looking for a goat


The lyrics Di mana dia anak kambing saya? Anak kambing saya yang makan daun talas Di mana dia buah hati saya? Buah hati saya bagai telur dikupas actually translates to,

Where is he, my little goat?
My little goat is eating taro leaves.
Where is he, my loved one?
My loved one is like a shelled egg.


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