Sei ma le losa

04:07
Te Vaka
2002
Opetaia Foai

Story

In memory of David McTaggart, (founder of Greenpeace),
for his invaluable contribution to the Pacific in his stand against nuclear testing and other
environmental issues . When asked in an interview why he did what he did in spite of continual
harrassment and beatings by police etc. He replied "I am doing it for our children's children".

 

Verse Tokelau language
Chorus Samoan language

Lyrics

SEI MA LE LOSA (This flower and this rose)
Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

Fakalogologo i te tala
Fakalavelave ai tou huhuga
Fakateki au ma te fanoanoa
Kua galo atu te tamatoa

Kua galo atu ai ma te avanoa
E fakafetai atu ai au
Kavatu ai na alofaaga ienei
mai na tino o te Pasifika

Tagi tagi kite
Fakalavelave

Sei ma le losa
Mo oe mai i le Pasifika
Sei ma le losa
O le matou alofa lena

Maimau kana fetaui ki taua
Lahi na kupu e fia talanoa ki ei
Kavatu te salute
Ma talitonu mai
E manatua lava koe
E tupulaga oku fanau

Sei ma le losa
Mo oe mai i le Pasifika
Sei ma le losa
O le matou alofa lena

I heard on the news tonight
An accident took your life
I felt sadness quickly fall
For we have lost a true warrior

Gone is the chance
To thank you for what you¹ve done
So I¹m sending you love and respect
From the people of the Pacific

Mourning this sad loss

This flower and this rose
For you from the Pacific
This flower and this rose
Our gesture of respect and love

I¹m sorry we never got to meet
So many things I would have said
Instead I salute you and be assured
That my children¹s children
Will remember you

This flower and this rose
For you from the Pacific
This flower and this rose
Our gesture of respect and love

   

© Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i