The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library


This song is an infectious joy to sing. Ideal with guitar, percussion and other South American instrumental, it’s an Andean folk song from South America.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by the Bolivian band, Los Kjarkas.


Guitar on the recording by Jay Burriss. Vocals and percussion by Lisa G. Littlebird.

Inspiration Track


SOLO: Voy a contarte hoy mi triste pena
la soledad yo llevo en mi alma
Voy a contarte de tristes desengaños
de ilusiones y de sueños que he vivido

Entre montañas valles eh nacido
me acunaron los Andes en su encanto
y al florecer mi tierra en su charango
vi crecer las zampoñas con el viento
Wayayay ayayayayayay wayayay…

Let me tell you my sad shame today
the solitude I carry in my soul
I’ll tell sad disappointments
Illusions and dreams I have lived

In the valleys between the mountains where I was born
I cradled the Andes in its charm
and all flourishes on my land in his charango
I saw pan flutes grow with the wind

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