Walbahaar

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Walbahaar

This mostly unison song by Wholehearted Chorus member Lily Buzzard is a potent chant of grief, written in response to the loss of a loved one. Walbahaar is the Somali word for grief. The recordings here don’t include the full measure of percussive elements that will be employed by the chorus members when singing this in concert, using hands and feet to simulate sounds of rain.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Lily Buzzard.

Recording

This recording is by Lisa G. Littlebird, drums by Debbie Nargi-Brown.

Lyrics

Walbahaar, walbahaar, ey-oh-ey (x2)
Let it take, so you can receive it all (x3)

Walbahaar, walbahaar, ey-oh-ey
(x2)
Cold wind blowin’, I don’t know where the river’s goin’ (x3)
But here I stand with you

 

1Comment
  • Lisa Eskridge
    Posted at 03:55h, 10 March Reply

    Lily,

    You are so Loved!

    By Us
    ♪♫♬♭♮♯

    Lisa,

    I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful work you are doing. It is a bigger blessing than you know that Lily is finding happiness. Thank you❤

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