Following his contribution in updating 2018’s National Day theme ‘We Are Singapore’, singer-songwriter Charlie Lim has extended his own prelude into a full song, titled ‘Room at the Table’. The single is now available on all digital streaming platforms, along with a lyric video.
‘Room at the Table’ is an expansion upon the prelude’s reflective sentiment with it’s more vulnerable and intimate tone. “There was a lot of positive feedback, especially from the younger audiences who could empathise with the new lyrics,” Charlie Lim says. His updated version of the song has garnered over 3.6 million views on YouTube alone, and became the top trending video in Singapore for the year. “We had many requests to turn it into its own song, and it’s something I’d been sitting on for a while because I felt I had more to say. I guess everything that’s been going on this year alone just made me finish it.”
With the new single’s arrangement stripped down to just Charlie and his guitar was a bold and deliberate production decision to draw the listener in and bring focus to the lyric and the rawness of his vocal delivery. Charlie’s thoughtful lyricism, from the questioning of the definition of belonging to how we treat one another, makes the songs both relatable and heart-rending.
While the 2018 theme song was Charlie’s love letter to Singapore, ‘Room at the Table’ is a call-to-action to take more ownership of our actions to celebrate diversity, and to have more open but gracious discourse in order to bring forth a kinder and more inclusive society.
Singapore has close to 1 million low wage migrant workers today, making up about one-sixth of the population. They make up vital to sectors in the economy, including construction, manufacturing, hospitality, sanitation services, petrochemical, and domestic work – essentially the backbone of our society.
Charlie would like to help continue raising awareness of the various organisations that aid our migrant workers in Singapore, and all proceeds earned from now until the end of the year, from ‘Room at the Table’, will be donated to Transient Workers Count 2 (TWC2) and Itsrainingraincoats.