Xanana’s Dog

1 July 1999

You can call me Xanana’s dog but
You can’t run from my lapping tongue; please
Say a prayer for Xanana’s dog but
Don’t you dare tell them where I am.

They can’t find Xanana Gusmao, though
They search the church for him, crying:
“Where did he go, where is Xanana?” So
They arrest me, because I’m Xanana’s little dog.

Set me free! Asleep at night forget,
In the day remember, asleep at night forget me but
In the day remember that I am Xanana’s dog.
Free Xanana!

They chain me up, but I’m Xanana’s little dog;
They set me on fire, but I’m Xanana’s little dog;
They call me names, but I’m Xanana’s little dog;
They beat me and try to make me speak but I am only a little dog.

Set me free! Asleep at night forget,
In the day remember, asleep at night forget and
In the day remember.

Trouble comes for Xanana’s little dog;
Java comes for Xanana’s little dog;
East Timor says goodbye to Xanana’s little dog—
“Goodbye, Xanana’s little dog!”

Xanana, Xanana, Xanana Gusmao!
Please help me, I am only a little dog!

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