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E Tū T​ā​ngata - Stand Together

by Kath Bee

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Many New Zealanders suffer from the 'Tall Poppy Syndrome', where standing out from the crowd is seen as showing off and therefore children often feel better when they don't stand out. Our NZ 'humour' tends to put others down, rather than lift them up. This song supports resources for schools and is sung in English and Te Reo Māori. It's an inspiring song for children of all ages. The messages are clear - we have value, others matter and we succeed together.

Ngā mihi (thank you) to Junior Tana, our te reo Māori advisor/translator


Ooooo and we will rise together
E Tū Tāngata x 3
We stand together

[Verse 1] x2
I look in the mirror
and what do I see?
A valuable person
smiling back at me

[RAP 1]
No, no, nobody likes to be put down
Make ya feel so low with your eyes on the ground
These words can hurt, they do more than make a sound
If you think you can stop, and turn it around

[Chorus] (2 parts)
E tū tāngata x3
We stand together
(Ooooo I lift you up
Oooo you life me up
Ooooo and we will rise, together)

[Verse 2] x2
I look to my left, I look to my right
and what do I see?
Valuable people
smiling back at me

[RAP 2]
I’m here to support you
Never ignore you
If you need anybody
I’ll do anything for you
From the day we were born
And our whole life through
Come on and shout with me, shout with me

[Chorus] (2 parts)

[Bridge/Chant] x4
E tū tāngata o te whenua
Kia kaha tō waiata
Me te aroha
(English translation:
Stand up people of the land
and sing with energy
and love)

[Verse 3]
Doesn’t matter where I come from
Or what’s my jam
‘cos I’m here to tell you
I’m perfect as I am

[Chorus] (3 parts)
E tū tāngata x3
We stand together
(Ooooo I lift you up
Ooooo you lift me up
Ooooo and we will rise, together)
(Perfect as I am)


released May 5, 2021
Written by Kath Bee, Luke Epapara, Ryan Beehre
Produced by Ryan Beehre and Kath Bee
Commissioned by Jay Geldard of E Tū Tāngata


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Kath is one of New Zealand's best-loved children's songwriters and entertainers. A generation of kids have grown up singing her songs and remember them well into adulthood. She gets into the minds and hearts of children with her clever lyrics and catchy melodies. ... more

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