Oh! Kinabuhi (Oh, Life!)

I've just seen that video of famous boxer Manny Pacquiao singing a sort of medley of Visayan songs so I thought I'd post the lyrics and translation of one of them here. This song is called "Oh! Kinabuhi" by Filipino singer Victor Wood.



Oh! Kinabuhi
Victor Wood

Inig sidlak sa adlaw sa sayo sa kabuntagon
Masud-ong ta ang katahoman ning kalibutan
Gidayandayan sa nahigmata nga kalanggaman
Nga nanag-awit ning kabukiran

Ug mopadulong sa pagsalop sa kahapunon
Ug sa dughan nga walay naglaylay
Sa kasing-kasing nga way nagsapnay
Sama kanako nga sinalikway ay magamahay

Chorus:

Oh kinabuhi sama ka sa usa ka gapnod
Nga gianod-anod sa bul-og ning mga luha
Way kinutoban way hunong ang iyang guidulngan
Ayayay-ayayay nganong sakiton man.
Here's the English translation:

Oh Life!
by Victor Wood
(translated by Allister Sanchez)

When the sun shines early in the morning
We'll see the beauty of this world
Adorned by the awoken birds
That sing in these mountains

And it heads to set in the afternoon
And to the bossom where no one lulls
To the heart that no one cradles
Like me who's rejected, will be hurt

Chorus:

Oh life, like flotsam
Washed away in the rush of these tears
Unending, ceaseless in its destination
Ayayay-ayayay why ache over it?

Comments

Unknown said…
are you certain that your english translation of this song is correct? analyse it again.
Allister said…
Hi Leon,

I don't think it's a very accurate translation, but if you have a better one could you share it with me? :-)
Nice translation . . two thumbs up!
It's precise.
Anonymous said…
Hi Leon,

Are you certain his english translation is not correct? Go analyze your analysis. :-)
Anonymous said…
The translation is already very good. Still, I would like to suggest the two lines below:

Like me who's rejected, will be hurt -> Like me who's rejected, will be resentful
Oh life, like flotsam -> Oh life, you are like a flotsam

Unknown said…
Ur translation is excellent although it’s not perfect there r visayan or Filipino words that can’t be translated literally into English. Congrats
Unknown said…
the translation is too literal. it does not convey the exact meaning of the song, that is, life is beautiful appreciate it, enjoy it lest you'll regret it.