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Meme na Mindanaw
(A lullabye for peace in Mindanao)
by Albert Alejo

 

Meme na, O Mindanaw
Iduyan-duyan ko ikaw.
Sa gubot di maminaw
Aron dili ka mapukaw.
Damguhon mo ang kalinaw
Sa umaabot nga adlaw
Ugma pohon makalakaw
Ngadto sa wala na’y mingaw.
(Humming)
Ssshhh! Ayaw mo pagsaba
Mapukaw ang bata!
Ssshhh! Ayaw na mo pag-away
Ang bata madamay!
Damguhon mo ang kalinaw
Sa umaabot nga adlaw
Ugma pohon makalakaw
Ngadto sa wala na’y mingaw
Pasagdi ang bata intawon
Magdamgo nga malinawon.
Magmata na, O Mindanaw
Ania na ang kalinaw.

Sleep now, my dear Mindanao,
I will cradle you to sleep,
Don’t allow the fighting outside
Awaken you from slumber.
Dream, dream of peace In the coming days
Tomorrow, who knows, you can walk
To where there are no more tears.
Husssh! Don’t be noisy
You might disturb the child asleep Hussh!
Stop all this fighting
You might also hit the child!
Dream, dream of peace
In the coming days
Tomorrow, who knows, you can walk
To where there are no more tears.
Please let the child sleep
And let him dream in peace
Wake up, my dear Mindanaw
Peace is coming to us now

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