Savalivali means Go for a Walk

Traditional | 28 comments

Just about everybody learning the Samoan language will come to know this song. It’s a fun (and funny), tourist-y classic.

Savalivali means go for a walk
Tautalatala means too much talk
Alofa ia te oe means I love you
Take it easy, faifai lemu

Teine manaia means pretty girl
Ta’amilomilo means around the world
Whisper to me means musumusu maia
Oi aue, means my, oh my

{ CHORUS }

E ua malie o, avane i le malo
E le faia so’u loto
A e tu’u lou finagalo

Go for a ride, ti’eti’e ta’avale
Stay at home means nofo i le fale
Leai o se tupe means no more money
Much trouble means fa’alavelave

Aue ta ino’ino i lau amio pi’opi’o
Ua e musu ia ita ua e laulauina
A ua e alu e nofo i le Saina
Isa isa fuga i lou fia ai alaisa

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28 Comments

  1. sina

    i needed this for my teacher lol i only know the first verse and chorus.

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  2. miranda

    awesome! i sang this song with my yr 6 class all the time in samoa, though that was a few years ago and i couldn’t remember the lyrics. now i have them, yay! ^_^

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  3. Robert

    Does anyone know where I can get a digital recording of this song?

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    • Adele L Paris

      This song is also known as “Tautalatala means too much talk” which confuses a lot of people when trying to search for it.
      If you go to SOUNZ online you can check out an old recording of it by Willie Miller & Henry Hunkin. The song was composed by Billie Nelson-Retzlaff. Hope that helps.

  4. Avea

    I really wanted it to sing to my newborn and my brothers and sisters could only remember the first verse also when I rung and asked them it was my baby sister that recommended I search it on the net, so thanks!

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  5. Liz

    Shouldn’t “Teine manaia means pretty girl” be “Teine ‘aulelei….”?
    Manaia means nice, ‘Aulelei means pretty. Teine manaia really means Nice girl, not Pretty girl.

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  6. M. Black

    This song was written in the days when there was a naval station in American Samoa by girls who at the time dating the shipmen of the Manuao. their way of communicating to the english speaking men.

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  7. MARY-lil-lamb

    dat song is rong in a way.
    line 2 is supposed to say tautala soo, not tautalala
    coz da meaning ov tautala soo is too much talk and derez no suj word in da samoan vocabulary that says tautalatala

    =]

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    • Fa'a

      Clearly you need to learn to write in English properly lol

    • Adele L Paris

      According to the composer, the song should read ” tele tautala” but I guess they can take artistic license with words a ea, like “derez no suj word?” no such words in the English language either.

  8. Daniel S, Pago Pago

    Manaia can be pretty, handsome, of course. It can mean ‘nice’, too, but nice in the sense of appearence. =p

    And Tautala is like, to talk. Tautalatala means someone who talks too much. My Samoan language teacher explained this one to us.

    So says the palagi.

    lol

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  9. carol

    Help, please! I need a mp3 or any other audio version of this song! Does anyone know where I can get it? Or if you know the tune, please be so kind to sing it for me and send me a copy of your voice recording at carol52dxz@yahoo.com.cn, please, please, please!

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  10. MzPacifika ('78,'79...)

    LMAO! This song! Didn’t help me understand Samoan at all, I still don’t know what my grandpa’s saying 😀 Thank you for putting this up!

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  11. Stacey, Fale, Jesse and Trinity

    on the line Leai o se tupu it should be Leai o se tupe…

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  12. hamogeekgirl

    Oops. All fixed now. Thanks Stacey, Fale, Jesse & Trinity 😀

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  13. Lu

    Hi I would Love to Play it on my Ukulele, does anybody have some chords?

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  14. Ian Watts

    Our child sang the first verse at her child care centre fete (in Brisbane). very nice …

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  15. Jaap Jasperse

    I’d really like to know what the meaning of the chorus is! – iapiinapia

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  16. Elle Whyte

    Does anyone know the guitar chords for this song???

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  17. Rachel Hickman

    Is anyone reading these comments from Samoa or know someone from Samoa? I am very interested in this culture and would love to learn more! email me at rachelhickm@gmail.com if you have anyone willing to talk to me about Samoan culture! thanks!

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  18. Rachel Hickman

    Is anyone from Samoa or know anyone from Samoa? I am very interested in the culture. If you know anyone I willing to teach me, I would love it! email me at rachelhickm@gmail.com thanks!

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    • simanu

      hey how are u im manu from samoa .

  19. Dylan

    la manuia le aso palagi

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  20. Paul Dietz

    Thanks for the memories. Learned this song in 1965 and this is the first time I’ve seen it spelled out.

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  21. Adele L Paris

    You seem to be missing verse 3 – see Jerome Grey’s You Tube video…could you please add this to your lyrics?

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  22. Nils.Person.

    I’m 78yr’s old my mum used to sing this song to us when we were kids.

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