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Posted By: GUEST,Cherie in Honolulu
15-Jul-12 - 05:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Suitors (O Le Le O Bahia) (trad. Brazil)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suitors (O Le Le O Bahia) (trad. Brazil)
I'm so happy to find this thread!

I learned the song at Campfire Camp Wakoma in the Puget Sound region of Washington State (near Olympia) in the late 1960s and early 70s. We learned the hand/leg clapping too, but the chorus was Oh-lay-oh-lah, oh-a-lay-oh rock-ee-ah (and so on).

Like others I've wondered what the chorus meant. We sang every night after dinner and I always thought the song was sad--like others we sang at camp! Poor girl, doomed to marriage. Anyway, our version did not end happy:
And I told him that I will
And the rivers ran uphill
And the fish began to fly
For tomorrow I will die.

(Maybe that's why I'm not married?!)