The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library


This mostly unison song by former Wholehearted Chorus member Li 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 Li Buzzard.


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


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

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


1 Comment
  • Lisa Eskridge


    You are so Loved!

    By Us


    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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