Sometimes spelled oyayi.
Another Tagalog word for ‘lullaby’ is hele.
This song compares a dolled-up woman to a field butterfly flying down the road.
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.
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
Leron Leron Sinta is one of the most popular Tagalog folk songs in the Philippines. Every Filipino child knows how to sing it!
“Planting is no joke” is a well-known Tagalog folk song in the Philippines!
As with most folk songs, there are many variations to the lyrics of Magtanim Ay Di Biro. 🙂