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Widely known as the name of the Philippine bamboo dance, Tinikling is also the title of a song that compares the dance to love. It’s fun but dancing takes skill and those who aren’t careful will get caught between the bamboo poles!
Like many Filipino folk songs, there are variations to the words.
Here are three versions of Tagalog lyrics.
LYRICS TO TINIKLING SONG
ONE VERSION OF TINIKLING
Tayo’y magsayaw, irog ko, ng tinikling Tulad ng sayaw ng lolo’t lola natin Ang mga hakbang kung di pagbubutihin Dalawang kawayan tayo’y iipitin
Kung magsasayaw ka giliw ng tinikling Kumpas ng kawayan kahit mapatulin Ang mga binti mo’y kay hirap hulihin ‘Sing ilap din ng puso mo sa paggiliw
At sa tinikling na tigib ng panganib Ang hindi maingat iya’y maiipit Pusong maharot ganyan din sa pag-ibig Ang nakakamit paghakbang ay ligalig