30. bilalo (bilong), sung by Ana Laklak, Rosemary Pohielats and friends (Sale, Niolam) 1:03 2008/171

Bilong is a sub-category of the bilalo song type, and means ‘colourful’, describing the luminous images a song evokes. In this case what is colourful is a flock of seagulls, sitting in a ‘field’ (the sea) on ‘the tree of the sea’(a floating log).

go de gare a ye tena min saertangur te na ye wen tes

you have to see the tree full on the tree of the sea

ra malal sa ra malal kana imin saertangur te na ye wen tes

the field is what? the field of seagulls is full on the tree of the sea

31. bilalo, sung by Joseph Pots (Makapa, Mahur) 0:45 2008/031

Bilalo are often conceived through dreams. In this bilalo the missing persons sing of their fate, that they are lost at sea.

ge pirilin ge piringe ge piringe

as we are we are as we are now, we are as we are now

le tes ka go gotse kaka uri uri ge ka ge ge te lin

at sea you are all walking around looking for us and we we are here

32. tele, sung by Theckla Inial (Londolovit village, Niolam) 1:25 2008/097

This tele song is also likely to have been conceived in a dream. Its partner song in the series (not included here) reveals the identities of the story: a mother, who most likely is lost at sea, shouts to her children until her throat is hoarse and bleeding, her blood pressure is high and she is about to drop. The references to blood suggest that she was struggling when she died.

ee yo kupkup imen me li lien imol

I am shouting now in the wind

yo ngupu mol o randalong yo sakup ri se

I my breath and my blood have reached the bleeding stage it pours out

randalong ninde ruh sa ri se io

blood comes out and sinks to the bottom it pours out

yo ngupu mol o randalong yo sakup ri se ni

I my breath and my blood have reached the bleeding stage it pours out

33. sarkuol, sung by Francis Ture & Peter Napkiah (Malie) 1:13 2008/007

Sarkuol too are typically part of a song series. As only one sarkuol was recorded on this occasion, the exact meaning/context of this song is unclear.

ee ri yo ilen tsunglik ri yo sa pel   x3

hey brother I am okay

le i do masar a lilien nes do ura lu don e

come us all and get water for drinking

 

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