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Song of the Solitary Bird 一​只​鸟​仔​哮​啾​啾

from Solitary Bird by Coco Zhao, Steve Sweeting and Jeremy Moyer

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This is a Jiayi Han ethnic folk song from the period when Japan occupied Taiwan. It was a traditional folk song sung by the political prisoners from inside the prison walls in a high calling voice like a bird so their families would know they were okay. On the first chorus, Jeremy is playing coconut fiddle. He learned the song from a folk musician in Taiwan who spoke only Japanese and local dialect.


嘿!嘿!嘿都一只鸟仔哮啾啾 荷哩
哭到三更一又半暝找无巢 嘿!嘿! 
嘿都什么人啊甲我撞破一个巢 荷哩
乎阮抓著不放伊甘休 荷嘿荷

Oh, oh, the bird is crying. It’s all alone
and it can’t get back to its nest.
It’s crying out in the middle of the night
but no one helps.
Its wing is broken and it can’t fly home.


from Solitary Bird, released September 2, 2011
Source 来源: 台湾嘉义汉族民歌 Taiwan folk song
Arranger 编曲: Sweeting


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Steve Sweeting is a jazz pianist, composer, and teacher who recently moved back to New York City after living and working in Shanghai for more than seven years.
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