Tawa

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NJD What an amazing sound - touching, hard-hitting lyrics in a variety of Filipino languages set to heavy production beats n' bass. Very catchy indeed - reminds me of early MIA. Definitely one of my finds of 2014!
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lyrics

TAWA (Filipino)

Tumakbo ka ng matulin,
Ibulong mo na lang sa hangin
At huwag mo na lang isipin
At sa langit tanungin,
Ako ba'y isang bituin na kumupas ang ningning?
Ay dilag! Ika'y diwata,
Tawag sa iyo'y makata,
Turing man sayo ay bata
Ang lahat ay namangha.
Huwag kalimutang ngumiti,
Silaw mo'y katangi-tangi
Kaya tawanan mo na lang
Tumawa ka na lang!

Chorus:
Oh tawa, Oh Oh Oh tawa!
Oh tawa, Oh tawa ka ng tawa.
Oh tawa,
Tumawa ka na lang (3x)
(takpan ang 'yong...)

Repeat Chorus

Takpan ang 'yong mga mata
Magsuot ng maskara
Itikom ang 'yong bibig,
Huwag bumigkas, huwag makinig
Pansinin at husgahan
Takpan ma't ikay siraan
Ay! Tawanan mo na lang
Ang buhay ay sadyang ganyan
Huwag kalimutang ngumiti
Silaw mo'y katangi-tangi
Aba'y tawanan mo na lang
Lilipas din ang mga yan.

Repeat Chorus 2x

(instrumental)
Ohhh oh oh oh tawa
Oohh Oh oh oh oh tawa
Ohh oh oh oh tawa
Oh oh oh
tumawa ka na lang
Tumawa...
tumawa ka na...
tumawa ka na...
tumawa ka na...
Tumawa ka na....

Repeat Chorus twice

TAWA (English translations)

Run swiftly
Just whisper it to the wind
And don't think about it
And ask the heavens,
Am I a star whose light has faded?

Oh young woman! You're a goddess
What you are is a poet
Though you’re treated like a child
By all, you are admired
Don't forget to smile
Your brilliance is exceptional
So just laugh it off

Chorus:

Oh laugh, Oh Oh Oh laugh!
Oh laugh,
Just laugh away
Just laugh away
Just laugh away

Just laugh away

(cover your...)

Repeat Chorus

Cover your eyes
Put on a disguise
Purse your lips
Speak nothing, hear nothing
Watch you and judge you,
Obscure you or smirch you
Ay! Just laugh it off
That's just the way life is
Don't forget to smile
Your brilliance is exceptional
Well just laugh it off
It will all come to pass

Chorus:

Oh laugh, Oh Oh Oh laugh
Oh laugh, Oh just keep on laughing
Oh laugh,
Just laugh away
Just laugh away
Just laugh away

Repeat Chorus 2x

{Translation done by M. Esguerra}

credits

from HAN HAN, released September 12, 2014
produced by R. Boquila and A. Punzalan, Vocals by H. Pableo

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HanHan Toronto, Ontario

Cebuana / Filipina / Canadian in the diaspora who writes poetry and translates them into music. She saves lives by day and slays dragons by night.

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