Toronto, Ontario

SA UGOY NG DUYAN – a song for Mothers

Oswald Magno

My mother Bienvenida.

There is a special place in our hearts for our dear departed mothers who are no longer with us, and so today, I am sharing of the loving presence and caring of his mother when he was yet a baby being put to sleep in a cradle Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (In the Sway of the Cradle) is filled with melancholy – the lyrics are touching and the music itself is poignant and moving. “I wish my earlier days have not gone by, those times when I was in the company of my mother.” “In my deep slumber, she guarded me like a star, life for me was heaven.” “I want to experience it again, mother”. 

 

I sang this piece at my mother’s  wake and I am deeply emotional whenever I sing it.

Listen to my own rendition, with my wife Mila on piano:

https://www.facebook.com/SingAlongWithMila/videos/271980757273461/

Music by Lucio San Pedro

Words by Levi Celerio

LULLING CRADLE

Those good old days, I pray won’t fade

When I was young and in Mother’s care

Oh, to hear dear Mother’s lullaby again

The song of love as she rocked my cradle.

In my deep and peaceful slumber

The stars watch over me in vigil

Life was like heaven in the arms of Mother

Now my heart longs for the lulling cradle.

Those good old days, I pray won’t fade

When I was young and in Mother’s care

Oh, to hear dear Mother’s lullaby again

The song of love as she rocked my cradle.

Lull me, Mother, in my dear old cradle

Oh, Mother.

Translation by J.Gi Federizo

The mother who inspired ‘Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan’