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Friday, January 28, 2011

Filipino Folk Song: Rice Planting Lyrics

Rice Planting

Planting rice is never fun
Bent from morn till the set of sun,
Cannot stand and cannot sit,
Cannot rest for a little bit.

Planting rice is no fun
Bent from morn till set of sun,
Cannot stand, cannot sit,
Cannot rest a little bit.

Oh, come friends and let us homeward take our way,
Now we rest until the dawn is gray,
Sleep, welcome sleep, we need to keep us strong
Morn brings another workday long.

Oh, my back is like to break,
Oh, my bones with the damp still ache,
And my legs are numb and set
For their long soaking on the wet.

It is hard to be so poor
And such sorrow and pain endure,
You must move your arms about,
Or you'll find you must go without.

1 comment:

  1. I remember singing this song when I was a little girl. Thank God, I have my memories of my home country. I left when I was 13, I am now 46. God Bless the Philippines and Filipinos everywhere.