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Where You Are - Christopher Jackson

Soundtrack: Moana

Song Lyrics

Where You Are Song Lyrics

[Chief Tui]: Moana, make way, make way!
Moana, it's time you knew
The village of Motunui is
All you need

The dancers are practising
They dance to an ancient song
(Who needs a new song? This old one's all we need)

This tradition is our mission
And Moana, there's so much to do
(Make way!)
Don't trip on the taro root
That's all you need

We share everything we make
(We make)
We joke and we weave our baskets
The fishermen come back from the sea

[Moana]: I wanna see

[Chief Tui]: Don't walk away
Moana, stay on the ground now
Our people will need a chief
And there you are

[Chief Tui and Sina]: There comes a day
When you're gonna look around
And realize happiness is
Where you are

[Chief Tui]: Consider the coconut
(The what?)
Consider its tree
We use each part of the coconut
That's all we need

[Sina]: We make our nets from the fibers
(We make our nets from the fibers)
The water is sweet inside
(The water is sweet inside)
We use the leaves to build fires
(We use the leaves to build fires)
We cook up the meat inside
(We cook up the meat inside)

[Chief Tui]: Consider the coconuts
(Consider the coconuts)
The trunks and the leaves
The island gives us what we need

[Moana]: And no one leaves

[Chief Tui]: That's right, we stay
We're safe and we're well provided
And when we look to the future
There you are

You'll be okay
In time you'll learn just as I did
[Chief Tui and Sina]: You must find happiness right
Where you are

[Gramma Tala]: I like to dance with the water
The undertow and the waves
The water is mischievous
Ha! I like how it misbehaves

The village may think I'm crazy
Or say that I drift too far
But once you know what you like, well
There you are

You are your father's daughter
Stubbornness and pride
Mind what he says but remember
You may hear a voice inside
And if the voice starts to whisper
To follow the farthest star
Moana, that voice inside is
Who you are

[Villagers]: We make our nets from the fibers
(We weave our nets from the fibers)
The water is sweet inside
(And we taste the sweet inside)
We use the leaves to build fires
(We sing these songs in our choir)
We cook up the meat inside
(We have mouths to feed inside)

[Chief Tui]: The village believes in us
(That's right!)
The village believes
The island gives us what we need
And no one leaves

[Moana]: So here I'll stay
My home, my people beside me
And when I think of tomorrow
There we are

I'll lead the way
I'll have my people to guide me
We'll build our future together
[Villagers]: Where we are

[Moana]: 'Cause every path leads you back to
[Villagers]: Where you are
[Moana]: You can find happiness right -
[Villagers]: Where you are
Where you are

December, 14th 2016
"Where You Are," performed by Christopher Jackson nd other cast members in the film "Moana," is a song that encapsulates the essence of embracing one's roots, the importance of community, and the tension between tradition and personal aspirations.

The song opens with Chief Tui, Moana’s father, extolling the virtiues of their island community, Motunui. He emphasizes the sufficiency and completeness of their traditional lifestyle: “The village of Motunui is all you need.” This line reflects a deep-rooted belief in the self-sufficiency of their culture and the fulfillment it provides.

As Chief Tui and other villagers describe their daily activities - weaving baskets, fishing, and using every part of the coconut - there's a celebration of their harmonious way of living with nature and each other. The repetition of "that's all we need" reinforces their contentment with their current way of life and a subtle resistance to change or exploration beyond the island.

However, Moana's line, “I wanna see,” subtly introduces her longing for exploration and a life beyond the island, setting up a contrast between her desires and the community’s expectations.

Chief Tui and Sina (Moana’s mother) sing about the day Moana will realize that “happiness is where you are,” underscoring the theme of finding contentment in one's community and surroundings. They stress the importance of Moana’s role in the village's future.

Gramma Tala, however, acknowledges Moana’s curiosity and different perspective. She encourages Moana to listen to her inner voice, even if it leads her away from the village, symbolizing the importance of individual identity and following one's true calling.

The song concludes with Moana accepting her role in the community, yet the lyrics leave an open question about her internal conflict between duty and her desire for exploration.

In essence, “Where You Are” is a rich narrative about the balance between community responsibilities and personal dreams, tradition and individuality, and the journey of self-discovery within the bounds of one's culture.

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