Music Favourites: Borders

Borders Article

[verse one]

All these people here

Staring and looking at me

Shaking their heads eyes

Down strong on me

What’s wrong with me?

Can you tell me now?

What’s wrong with me?

Can you tell me, now?

There’s a high chance you had never seen these lyrics let alone know who composed and sang them, that comes as no surprise as this song is neither an album song nor a single. “Borders”, composed and written by Amber, is a synth English hip hop song. The song is “a raw and real story about reality”, according to Amber, with no glamorous concepts or attempts to make it a hit.

She delivers her hopeful message that if you continuously pursue your goals, not giving in to limitations and hardships, someday you will achieve them. This song is something extremely personal and deep for Amber as she have been struggling with her tomboy image since her debut days and very few people have been supportive of her choices through the years. However, Amber never stopped or throw in the towel during her years in a girl group, although she had cleared up the misconception about her sexuality, she continuously emphasise that “love knows no limits” and that she was able to empathise with those facing prejudice as she was once mistaken and placed in their shoes.

This song was written and uploaded on SMTOWN’s Youtube channel for Amber to share her story and experiences through the beautiful lyrics, the amazing thing about this song is that it can be analysed and interpreted differently as all of us have our individual perspectives of her choice of vocabulary. It is definitely a song that everyone should check out. Personally, I enjoy this song very much as I interpret this as the challenges girls face as they go through puberty. The fear of the unknown and those who might judge and how we should stay strong to grow and get through this phase.

[verse two]

Oh fear not ‘cause

I know I’m in his hands

Though I can’t see

I know there’s a plan

So thick the fog but

I know I can trust

The feelings that

I feel when the roads rough


I gotta be tough with my eyes down

Eyes down, eyes down

Strong in my stance with my eyes down

Eyes down, eyes down

Ang Yen Chi

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