WT2006

Pokarekare ana (SATB)

Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song
SATB
performance time approx 2m 00s
Price code: B
Complexity: **

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This beautiful love song, very well-known in New Zealand, originated among Maori recruits stationed in army camps in Auckland during World War 1. Paraire Tomoana claimed that it was based on a love letter of his, but it seems more likely that it is an amalgam of verses circulating among recruits and adapted into a camp song. More detail and a fascinating history of the song can be found at http://folksong.org.nz/pokarekare/index.html.

Also available in SAA and TBB voicings.

The recording is by Ohio Northern University Singers on their 2012 tour of New Zealand.

full pronunciation guide included

Words

Pokarekare ana nga wai o waiapu
Whiti atu koe e hine marino ana e.

Chorus
E hine e, hoki mai ra,
Ka mate ahau i te aroha e.

Tuhituhi taku reta, tuku atu taku ringi,
Kia kite to iwi, raru raru ana e.

Translation

The waters of Waiapu are agitated.
Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.

Chorus
Girl, please return to me.
I could die of love for you.

I've written my letter and I've sent my ring
So that your people can see that I am troubled.

Based on the translation supplied at http://folksong.org.nz/pokarekare/index.html

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