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Mengesang a Reng

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Published on May 31, 2011

This Palauan song probably originally comes from the 1950s, carrying a melody from the Japanese Enka (an old country music) and lots of Japanese words (modified a bit to fit Palauan pronunciation). I have a wonderful recording from the Bai ra Metal from the late 1970s that was the inspiration for this version.

"Anata" is a Japanese word that translates to "dear" or "sweetheart" in english, a term of endearment used by a woman toward her husband, much like "chochedengei" or "betik ra renguk" (one through whom I have found my heart) in Palauan. My Palauan isn't good enough to understand what caused the troubled heart, but the singer must have done something to cause her (?) sweetheart to become ashamed and troubled.

Thanks to Keizy who helped me with a translation problem. Also, please let me know who was the songwriter and the year it comes from.

Ke kmal mesulang e omes e orrenges -- Jim Geselbracht

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Keizy provided this much better translation for the song. Also, he pointed out that their houses are "kal chacheroid", not "kmal chacheroid" ("not even far from each other" vs. "very far from each other: -- makes a lot more sense when they live in a kekerei el beluu!). Thanks again Keizy:
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The woman that troubles my heart
as you wonder without knowing my troubled heart
As wonders holding my heart
She's elsewhere in this world as I'm in pain

Before my days end
how will I tell my story
as I hold them true, sweetheart.
I feel ashamed to even trouble you

Our country is a small place
Our houses are not that far from each other
So as I walk on passing by
all I wish is to see a an image of you

Goodbye to the woman that I love so much
You are really the only one to trouble me
So while I hide my feelings from my friends
I shall break my heart to pieces
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(updated 6/4/11)

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