I grew up listening to Eraserheads, I love their songs. I bought their albums as well and up to this days I still listen to their songs. This is also one of the reasons why I studied at UP Diliman because Eraserheads was formed in UP. Who would not know Ely Buendia,Raimund Marasigan,Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro? They are the most influential rock band in the Philippines. Most of their songs represent what we can observe in our culture that is why it is easy for most of us to like the Eraserheads.
One of my favorite songs is Poorman’s grave from their album Cutterpillow. When I first heard it, it was a surreal experience. It was a happy up-beat song but the lyrics were sad. It was a story of a poor man who wished not to be buried in a poorman’s grave when he died. It was a tragic song because the guy was hopeless.
If you have not heard the song, you may check this link from an Eheads fan who created a youtube video with lyrics.
In this regard, I would like to share some things that you can find useful on this song about Financial Planning.
He was a poor man all his life.. Becoming a poor is a choice. It may sound harsh but in everything that happens to our life,it is our choice, no one is to blame but all of our actions from the past. But it is never too late to improve and change our life by learning how to handle our finances well even though we think that we only earn small income for us not to be poor for the rest of our life.
He said Good Lord, why have you forsaken me.When everything I did I thought was right.. Never blame others for the bad circumstances that happen to our life that is why it is important to learn and look for someone who can guide you to the things that you want to achieve in life. Keep on learning and invest in yourself. Talk to Financial Planners for you to learn to create a Financial Plan. In the lyrics he was thinking that the Good Lord forsaken him, if he was blaming the Good Lord, who else he cannot blame?
All my days I have never sinned,So I hope you wont ignore what I’m asking for… The poor man thought that he never made a mistake in his life, thus , he is not willing to change to be better in his life. If someone advised him to save, insure himself and invest his money, for sure, he will not listen because he will simply say that he is doing the right things on his finances. Listening to constructive criticism is one good practice to be financially free.
Oh honey when I die Dress me up in a coat and tie Give my feet a pair of shoes/Oh honey when I die Give me a bed of roses Where I could lie… He does not think about what will happen to his family when he passes away. Instead of preparing for the future of his wife and his children like for education, food, etc., by getting a life insurance, he only focuses on the things for the present but not for the future of his family, imagine he will use up all of his savings just to have a grandiose burial.
He comes home drunk every night… The poor man should have saved his money instead of spending money on things that are not important. He never creates a budget plan where he can use his money well so that he will be out of poverty through saving money and eventually he can invest.
All my days I have lived in shame.. The poor man thinks that there is no hope in his life. He is a pessimist obviously that is why opportunities shy away from his life. It is very important that if you want to get out of poverty, you need to become an optimistic person.
Understanding the song Poorman’s grave represents the attitude of most of us Filipinos on handling our finances. We should not do what the poor man did to his life. It shows that our Financial Literacy is really low that is why even though we earn money from our job or even small business, we will never get out of poverty because we never learn Personal Finance.
I always believe that if you are born poor, it is not your fault, but you if you die poor, it is your fault. It does not matter how small your income is, but what is important is you can discipline yourself to save first before you spend your money and you will reap the benefits in the future.
Let’s aspire to become Financially Free for our God, our country, and for our family.