(Begins at about 0:36 in this clip, a performance by the Teachers Training College of Samoa.) “Ie lavalava” is a Samoan sarong, something we wear daily. Among other, deeper themes, this song celebrates the beauty of Samoan culture as expressed in the design of our clothing.

Ie lavalava teuteu fa’asamoa

E sulu le siapo, e maeu, e maeu le manaia
Ia la’u penina ma la’u paaga ua malie o
Sau ia ua ou le toe fai loto
O le a seu lo’u va’a e malolo.
E lafoia le taula i fanua, ua leva le po

Ia fa’atalaia, ia fa’atalatala
Aumai se tala mai i le ualesi e
ua fo’i mai o lau malaga
Sa e ta’amilo ia Samoa

Ia amuia lava o peau o le sami
E aga i sisifo e aga i sasa’e
Ae le iloa mai lo’u tino a mate
Ma lo’u fatu e momomo le aula e
i au amio ta te ofo
A nei a malepe si a ta soa ma si a ta soa

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Most of the lyrics on this site were submitted by fans of Samoan music, so the words might not be entirely correct… and we may not know who originally composed the song.

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16 Comments

  1. Me

    Who wrote this song?

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  2. Jen

    We sang this song in my High School Choir about 11 or 12 years ago. Memories! Gotta love them.

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  3. Al

    Apparently the Marist brothers in Samoa wrote it back in the early 1900s. This has gotta be the most popular Samoan song ever written.

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  4. Other

    sang this at polyfest 🙂 yeee

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  5. Loopz

    this song is soooooo much memories..love it!

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  6. T-girl

    Anyone have the English translation for this beautiful song?

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  7. DANIRA

    LOVE THIS SONG:)
    DID THE MALISI BOYS REALLY RIGHT THIS???

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  8. lovegurl

    omg dis song is like awwwsomme

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  9. lovegurl

    dis song is so da BOM
    🙂

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  10. Nora

    I used to dance to this song when I was little 🙂

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  11. Lainey

    Hands down best version is the Training Teachers College!!

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  12. Aaron Isaia

    Wheres the rest of The Lyrics

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  13. ppaakkuu

    Wea da rest of da lyrics at tho😭💜

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  14. sesilia anitelea

    i love this song!!! ik whats going on with the rest of the lyrics

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  15. Righto

    We did in Fj 😃😍

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  16. tauvalevili

    and yeah who asks

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