O Hal’lwe

Lyrics - Nanticoke

(Nanticoke folk song – Native American)

Yu no he yu ne la (repeat 3 times)
O hal-‘lwe (repeat 5 times)
He yo he!

English Translation – Strong Oak Tree

The specific meaning of these lyrics has been lost, but the Nanticoke remember it compares the role of women to the strong oak tree that brings forth new life and provides shelter as each generation grows up. (source)

See also

  • Culture: Native American
  • Harmony: chords I, IV, V
  • Source: The Progressive Music Series for Basal Use in Primary, Intermediate, and Grammar GradesVolume 1, 1914
  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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