'Tibet belongs to Tibetans'
by Lhasang Tsering (October 1980)

On the top of a high mountain,
To all the Gods and Protectors,
I offered fragrant incense,
Put up five-coloured Prayer Flags,
And as I sang their praises,
This is indeed what they said -
Tibet belongs to Tibetans:

From Dartsedo in the East,

To Ngari in the far West,
From Tso-Ngonpo in the North,
To Kongpo's forests down South,
Tibet belongs to Tibetans.

When across the Jangthang plains,
I rode my swift and sturdy pony,
And breathed Tibet's cool, fresh air,
From the clear, blue sky,
I heard many birds singing,
This song I now sing to you -
Tibet belongs to Tibetans:

From Dartsedo in the East,

Having wandered through many lands,
As I was heading home,
I passed by many farmers,
Reaping their golden, barley fields,
And all the songs that they sang,
Had but this one refrain -
Tibet belongs to Tibetans:

From Dartsedo in the East,

After many years in exile,
At last I was in Lhasa,
Going downtown to Barkor,
I met some long-lost friends,
Sharing a few mugs of Chang,
We all burst into this song -
Tibet belongs to Tibetans:

From Dartsedo in the East,...


This song was written by Lhasang Tsering originally in Tibetan, with the help of some friends, in October 1980 soon after his visit to Tibet. Lhasang Tsering was twice the president of Tibetan Youth Congress and one of the founding directors of the Amnye Machen Institute. He was also a member of the CIA-trained Tibetan Resistance Force operated from Mustang, Nepal

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