I’m Shy

Country: Malaysia
Language: Temiar

“I’m Shy” is a song from Borneo, the eastern half of Malaysia. It is a song of the Temiar people, who have a proud and rich tradition of communicating with spirits in vivid, often musical dreams. In fact, you’ll hear an original version on a Smithsonian Folkways recording called, “Dream Songs and Healing Sounds in the Rainforests of Malaysia.” On the Smithsonian CD the track.” On the Smithsonian CD the track is titled, “Penhe:y.” The story in the original is about a man who has fallen in love with two women, a local woman who he sees dancing and a visiting ethnographer.

[wpspoiler name=”Lyrics of All Around This World version” style=”aatw-other” open=”true”]Hey-ey eh eh ey eh eh ey ah
I love the woman in the market
I love the woman in the market
I love the woman in the market
But I’m shy, I’m shy, I’m shy
I love the woman who is dancing
I love the woman who is dancing
I love the woman who is dancing
But I’m shy, I’m shy, I’m shy
If I could talk with one or with the other…
If I could talk with one or with the other…
If I could talk with one or with the other…
But I’m shy, I’m shy, I’m shy
Maybe I will talk with them tomorrow
Maybe I will talk with them tomorrow
Maybe I will talk with them tomorrow
‘Cause I’m shy, I’m shy, I’m shy[/wpspoiler]

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