Bok Van Blerk: Cult of the Delarey Song.


Wow!, what a stir Bok Van Blerk’s song has caused among Afrikaners in South Africa!

The song can be heard chanted at pubs, rugby games and the furore surrounding the song is on every talk station and in every paper. The song has been banned and then unbanned at Loftus Park stadium and I have a feeling it’s going to go a lot further than that.

The song is about a hero general in the Anglo Boer war, Jacobus (Koos) De la Rey, who won international acclaim through many victories against the British and his astute military tactics.

The song reads as an dramatised historical account of the Boer war, but in the current South African climate, it rings strongly of a veritable “call to arms” for the Afrikaans nation against oppression. Bok Van Blerk has denied any political subtext, but it’s mass adoption and cult status is not due just to its “catchy tune” (it is very catchy though)

Young Afrikaans people feel highly disenfranchised by the new government with its “Blacks first” policies and having played no part in the apartheid regime, they feel rightly hard done by. As Max Du Preez put it. “The Afrikaners had to go back over 100 years to find a politically correct hero to rally around”. The history and heritage of the Boers has all but been removed from the history textbooks as an “embarrassing part of our history”. This shame has now become indignation in the Afrikaans youth.

The only future for South Africa is in integration, but it would be unfair to see anyone’s culture vilified or worse, forgotten! The song I guess sums up the plight of the proud Afrikaans nation.

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You can see Bok Van Blerk’s music video here, in stereo Afrikaans. English translation below.

You can read about General Koos De La Rey here.


Delarey – Bok van Blerk lyrics
(English Translation)

On a mountain in the night
We lie in the dark and wait
In the mud and the blood
As rain and streepsak clings to me

And my house and my farm were burnt to the ground so they could capture us
But those flames and those fires now burns deep deep within me.

De La Rey, De La Rey can you come and lead the Boers?
De La Rey, De La Rey
General, General we will fall around you as one.
General De La Rey.

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The Khakis that laugh
A handful of us against an massive force
With our backs to the clifs of the mountains
They think its over for us

But the heart of a farmer is deeper and wider, they will come to see
On a horse he comes, the lion of West Transvaal

De La Rey, De La Rey can you come and lead the Boers?
De La Rey, De La Rey
General, General we will fall around you as one.
General De La Rey.

Because my wife and my child are in a camp dying,
And the Khakis are walking over a nation that will rise again

De La Rey, De La Rey can you come and lead the Boers?
De La Rey, De La Rey
General, General we will fall around you as one. General De La Rey.


2 thoughts on “Bok Van Blerk: Cult of the Delarey Song.

  • Frank

    Ek vermoed dat alle nasies in hierdie land in vrede kan saam leef, daar is net een element wat uitgeroei moet word en dit is die hebsugte, arrogante,”new age” swart jeug met wapens, wat geen respek vir hul eie lewens, of enige ander wese op ons planeet het nie, vervologens wil ek nie eers praat van die ou honde wat hul self die reg toeskryf om die politiek van die LAND te manupileer om hulself te verryk nie. Ek weet nie wat die ergste is nie? Wat ek wel kan se is dat ek nie bekommerd is oor die toekoms van my kinders nie, EK HET 5 TUSSEN 13 EN 16. Wat ek het is my GOD!, ek vermoed verder dat alle Pa’s in my situasie hulself tot HOM moet wend. HY sal uitkoms gee, glo en vertrou!

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