Tofa Lau Pele

Dave Parker | 7 comments

Farewelling his sweetheart because they’re breaking up

Sau ia oe lo’u au

La’u pele sili
O le a ta tete’a
ma fa’atofa

O le alofa mo oe
e le uma (e le uma)
Ia fai lea ma vasa
i lo ta va

Tofa la’u pele
Manatua mai lea o ita nei
Maligi o o’u loimata
ao ma le po (i le po)

O se mea faigata
o le moe ae mafua i tiga
Aue, lo’u fatu e
nei a pe

(spoken)
There’s just one love in my heart,
always one name on my lips
Yours

Tofa la’u pele
Manatua mai lea o ita nei
Maligi o ou loimata
ao ma le po (i le po)

O se mea faigata
o le moe ae mafua i tiga
Aue, o lo’u fatu e
nei a pe

Tofa la’u pele
Manatua mai lea o ita nei
Maligi o ou loimata
ao ma le po (i le po)

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7 Comments

  1. jeff

    was wondering if anyone can translate this song for me please?? thank you

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    • Matilda Parker

      Love song from the heart. My dear
      brother Dave Parkers farewell of love to my dear late sisterinlaw. RIP

  2. hamogeekgirl

    Sau ia oe lo’u au / come my sweetheart
    La’u pele sili / my dearest
    O le a ta tete’a / we are about to depart from each other
    ma fa’atofa / and say our goodbyes

    O le alofa mo oe / the love for you
    e le uma (e le uma) / doesn’t end
    Ia fai lea ma vasa / let it be the deep ocean
    i lo ta va / that lies between us

    Tofa la’u pele / goodbye my dear
    Manatua mai lea o ita nei / remember me here
    Maligi o o’u loimata / with tears in my eyes
    ao ma le po (i le po) / day and night

    O se mea faigata / it’s a difficult thing
    o le moe ae mafua i tiga / to sleep from pain (kinda like to cry myself to sleep)
    Aue, lo’u fatu e / oh my poor heart lol
    nei a pe / just might die

    haha.. gotta love them tragic goodbyes *sigh*

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  3. Victoria Nofoaiga Tuilagi

    Oh I never thought I would hear this song again, my gosh, to be very honest, Dave Parker is one of my favourite samoan singers and “Tofa la’u pele” is one of my favourite songs and still now. Those good old songs are still the best. Thanks to the people who created this website for all the samoan song lovers and to Jeff for asking about translating “The Tofa la’u pele” and the Hamogeegirl who translated it. Very beautiful lyrics, It touches my heart. I wish Dave Parker can still sing more songs like this song.

    Lots of Gratefulness…
    Victoria Nofoaiga Tuilagi

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  4. Taofi

    Classic love song…dear mother would play over and over again (:
    Thanks folks!

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  5. Ivy Vine

    Dave Parker is an awesome singer i swear i would never find the lyrics to this song, thankyou for putting it up.<3<3

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  6. LCraigSilaga

    LUV DA SONG

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