Three Little Birds (Bob Marley): y-dialect

Maybe it’s Solomon Ratt’s photo in a crocheted Rastafarian hat, maybe it’s because Spring is finally springing, but I was reminded of this great Bob Marley song that might be perfect for a whole bunch of tiny Cree immersion students to sing somewhere. So I attempted a translation (below).

The third link in the chain of memory is this viral dance recital video (that might make a kind of choreographic suggestion). https://youtu.be/iKRsclxBZGg

I really hope there’s a teacher somewhere ready to take this hint and make a video. I’ve also added a YouTube karaoke video below.

[Full disclosure: When I try to do translation without help, I kind of identify with the little blonde girl on the far right. So thanks, Ben Godden for giving my first round translation an upgrade. And thanks to anyone else who helps find errors!]

Three Little Birds. Bob Marley (translated by Arden Ogg)

kâya nânitaw itêyihta.
kahkiyaw kîkwas: kiyâm ôma!
nikamo: kâya nânitaw itêyihta
kahkiyaw kîkwas: kiyâm ôma!

niwaniskân
nipâhpihkwân
nisto piyêsisa
nitiskwâhtêmihk
ê-nikamocik
miyo-nikamowina
ê-itwêhk: kitāsiwīhtamātin!

kâya nânitaw itêyihta.
kahkiyaw kîkwas: kiyâm ôma!
nikamo: kâya nânitaw itêyihta
kahkiyaw kîkwas: kiyâm ôma!

ᑳᔭ ᓈᓂᑕᐤ ᐃᑌᔨᐦᑕ᙮
ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᐢ: ᑭᔮᒼ ᐆᒪ!
ᓂᑲᒧ: ᑳᔭ ᓈᓂᑕᐤ ᐃᑌᔨᐦᑕ
ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᐢ: ᑭᔮᒼ ᐆᒪ!

ᓂᐹᐦᐱᐦᒁᐣ
ᓂᐢᑐ ᐱᔦᓯᓴ
ᓂᑎᐢᒁᐦᑌᒥᕽ
ᐁ ᓂᑲᒧᒋᐠ
ᒥᔪ ᓂᑲᒧᐏᓇ
ᐁ ᐃᑘᕽ: ᑭᑖᓯᐑᐦᑕᒫᑎᐣ!

ᑳᔭ ᓈᓂᑕᐤ ᐃᑌᔨᐦᑕ᙮
ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᐢ: ᑭᔮᒼ ᐆᒪ!
ᓂᑲᒧ: ᑳᔭ ᓈᓂᑕᐤ ᐃᑌᔨᐦᑕ
ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᐢ: ᑭᔮᒼ ᐆᒪ!

Don’t worry about a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don’t worry about a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

Rise up this mornin,
Smiled with the risin sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, (this is my message to you-ou-ou:)

Singin: don’t worry bout a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don’t worry (dont worry) bout a thing,
Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

 

 

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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