In this song, a bird has her wing injured by a rock thrown by a man. The bird was so hurt she couldn’t fly. Like a person, she spoke up, “Oh, cruel man. How pitiless your heart is. If I die, there is a pipit bird who will cry.”
Considering how plaintively sad the theme and words are of this folk song, it’s slightly incongruous with contemporary sensibilities that most canonical interpretations of the melody, such as by Pilita Corrales and the Mabuhay Singers, are very upbeat. It’s almost like gleefully making fun of a helpless creature in deep throes of pain.
- TAGALOG LANG