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SA IBABA KAN BUKID
by Benjamin A. Claveria
The Buhinon and English versions below are the original interpretations of the author.

The following is a courtship song. Asked to manage a dance during the war years, I wrote a poem for Atang, a girl whom I had just got acquainted, and took it to the very able musician, Martin P. Ailes, who set it to muscic. It was played as a special piece at the dance and such by three of the best male singers in Buhi - Luis Feced and Salvador Tayag, now deceased and Eulogio Demagante.

Atang used to live at the foot of Malankaw Hill on the western part of the poblacion of Buhi; hence the title of the song. Soon afterwards I proposed to her and the girl of the western hill becme the girl of my dreams.
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Buhinon
Standard Bikol
English





SA IBABA NYA BESAY (Buhinon)

Sa ibaba nya besay
Nag lonod na nyo bulan
Madelem, tonineng
Nikatorog nga banowaan.

Ngowan ako mwadi
Tanganing ika kansyonan,
Saka magremrem nyo
Sakit, ogma tang inagyan.

Ono aan lalawgen mo
Diyan sa kadeleman?
Ono aan nyo boses mo
Alin sa katoninengan?

Indi ko na namamati
A lipet, kapengewan;
Ta isi kong ngowan ka
Saken nangangatorogan.





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SA IBABA KAN BUKID
(
Standard Bikol)

Sa ibaba kan bukid
Nag solnop na an bulan
Madiklom, toninong
Natotorog na banwaan.

Ngonian ako yaon
Tanganing ika kansyonan,
Asin giromdomon
Sakit, ogmang inagihan.

Ano iyan lalawgen mo
Diyan sa kadikloman?
Ano iyan an boses mo
Hale sa katoninongan?

Dai ko na namamati
An lipot, kapungawan;
Ta aram kong ngonian ika
Sa sako nangatorogan.




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BELOW THE WESTERN HILL
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English)

Below the Western Hill
Has gone to rest the silver moon
Now all is dark and still
And peaceful in the sleeping town.

And while I sing of you
Out here in the dark and the cold.
I think once more of all
The sorrows and joy of old.

Is it your face I dimly see
In the dark where night winds blow?
Is it your voice I faintly hear
From the stillness whispering low?.

I mind no more the loneliness
And the cold - my heart is free
I may be far away from you,
But you're dreaming, dear, of me.




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