Sweetest Darling

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Country: The Philippines
Language: originally in Tagalog

Genre: Kundiman

Jocelynang Baliwag” (“Sweetest Darling”) is the Philippines’ most famous kundiman Spanish colonial-era romantic folk song). This song is from the late 19th century and was popular during the era of the Philippine independence movement. On the surface it’s a love song but in reality everyone understood the object of the songwriter’s longing to be the nation of the Philippines. Listen to this recording. The music starts 40 seconds in.

[wpspoiler name=”A lovely arrangement of Joceylnang Baliwag” open=”true” style=”aatw-video”][/wpspoiler]
[wpspoiler name=”Original lyrics” style=”aatw-other” open=”true”]P- Pinopoong sinta, niring calolowa
Nacacawangis mo’y mabangong sampaga
Dalisay sa linis, dakila sa ganda
Matimyas na bucal ng madlang ligaya.

E- Edeng maligayang kinaloclocan Ng galak at tuwang catamis-tamisan
Hada cang maningning na ang matunghaya’y Masamyong bulaclac agad sumisical.

P- Pinananaligan niring aking dibdib Na sa paglalayag sa dagat ng sakit
‘Di mo babayaang malunod sa hapis
Sa pagcabagabag co’y icaw ang sasagip

. I- Icaw na nga ang lunas sa aking dalita
Tanging magliligtas sa niluha-luha
Bunying binibining sinucuang cusa
Niring catawohang nangayupapa.

T- Tanggapin ang aking wagas na pag-ibig
Marubdob na ningas na taglay sa dibdib
Sa buhay na ito’y walang nilalangit
A- At sa cawacasa’y ang kapamanhikan
Tumbasan mo yaring pagsintang dalisay
Alalahanin mong cung ‘di cahabagan Iyong lalasunin ang aba cong buhay.[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name=”Lyrics of All Around This World’s version” style=”aatw-other” open=”true”]Sweetest darling who I love,
purest flower of delight <BR<>You have been the only one to give me hope in the dark of night
In the morning I adore you,
all day long my heart beats for you
Oh my darling who I love won’t you love me too?

Sweetest darling who I love,
won’t you ever love me
I will never leave you dear,
darling please believe me
For I’ve waited oh so long just to have you for my own
Oh my darling I love you one day you’ll love me too[/wpspoiler]

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