SINGAPORE - The iconic song composed by Dick Lee and originally sung by Kit Chan is probably one of the best-loved National Day Parade songs, symbolising the love, memory and pride of Singaporeans.
Four different renditions of the song have been dedicated to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The Singapore Armed Forces Music and Drama company played the song at Parliament House on Wednesday, while the National Junior College choir sang it during their set on the same day.
The choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, also sang a beautiful rendition. They were in Singapore to perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and offered to sing at Parliament House on Wednesday as a tribute to Mr Lee.
A beautiful rendition of “Home” by the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. They happened to be here to perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and offered to sing at the Lying in State today as a tribute to my father. I was very moved by their performance. My parents studied in Cambridge. They were not in St John’s, but they had friends there, and one of their favourite places was the Bridge of Sighs, which is in St John’s College. They took a picture together at the bridge when they were students, and came back over the years to visit. – LHL(PMO Video by Chiez How and Kit Mei)
Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Local band The Sam Willows also posted a short cover of the song, dedicating it to Mr Lee, on their Instagram account.
A video posted by thesamwillows (@thesamwillows) onMar 26, 2015 at 6:28am PDT
And Singaporean instrumental band, In Each Hand A Cutlass, shared on Facebook a live rendition of the song from a 2012 performance.