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  1. Manatu

From the recording Nukukehe

"Arriving in New Zealand with my uncle from a small village in Alamagoto, Samoa. I was 9 years old and didn't speak the language, everything familiar to me had gone, I was homesick" Opetaia
Tokelau language

Lyrics

MANUATU (Homesick)Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music




Oku kohu e he masani aiKehe hoki ma na sevaeKave ai i hetahi fenuaTagi tagi ai au mo toku kaiga
Taku mai pe i fea toku matuaVe na puli e fakailoainaTaku mai pe i fea toku tamanaNa galo atu i te taeao nei
E mamafa, e manako , e fakamatalaTe uiga o te folau
Tuku mai he tali e fakamalie ai auManatua lelei te vaitafeAku feleni e sakili mai auFakataumafai ae he mafaiE au o tali ki ei
E manatu fia manatuToku kaiga E fia manatu toku kaiga
Nofonofo filemu lava veneiIte pogiha, toku mafaufau e tigate fanoanoa - te pogiha - te fanoanoa
Te mamao ko tau malaga na faiAe heai lele he tino e malamalama aiKae haloa koe koe ke onosai maiAua e iai na mea taua fakatali mai mo koeTau tala moni lava te na E koe ke fakamakeke ma fakamalohiKae amutia koe te manaia ko tou lumanakiKa pa koe ki iei


These clothes feel so strange on meStranger still are these shoesTaken to another worldI’m now crying for my home
Tell me where my mother isShe forgot to explain things to meTell me where my father isI thought I heard him leave this morning
Heavy thoughtswhat I need is an explanationThe purpose of this journey
Searching for answers in this small roomI can only think of my riverMy friends are searching for meBut no matter how hard I tryThere’s no way for me to answer them
I’m homesick , I’m longing For my familyI’m longing for my home
Here I sit all by myselfIn this darknessMy head is filled with hurtWith sadness - this darkness



 
 



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