Lau Lupe: Pigeons, Girls Dancing . . . and Death?

“Lau Lupe” is a song from Samoa that we sing it in class today with joy, though we know the things we love now will eventually be gone: “watch the pigeons fly oh so where did they go…?” According to this translation on, the song lands much more on the side of longing: “My dove has flown, Flown into the vast wilderness, My poor Love. My Love is lost, A group of girls I see heading my way, My eyes are searching, Looking if you’re in that group. My beautiful rose, My rose of velvet, My rose flower is killed, But has not blossomed yet.”