Nicanor Abelardo – “Nasaan Ka Irog?”


This song is inspired by the real life story of Nicanor Abelardo's childhood friend, Dr. Francisco Tecson (to whom this song is dedicated). It portrays "a cruelly thwarted love" between an impoverished maiden and the heir of a wealthy family. "It expresses acute futility, frustration, helplessness, and lingering sadness with profuse harmony and characteristic markings such as pesante and doloroso." Abelardo was also inspired by the dreams and aspirations evoked by the kundiman that he transposed in the song the cry of a broken love, which eventually made the song a theme for empty dreams and forsaken loves.

nicanor abelardo nasaan ka irog? lyrics



Nasaan ka Irog,
At dagling naparam ang iyong pag-ibig?
'Di baga sumpa mo, ako'y mamahalin?
Iyong itatangi, iyong itatangi
Magpa-hanggang libing,
Subalit nasaan ang gayong pagtingin?

Nasaan ka Irog
At natitiis mong ako'y mangulila,
at hanap-hanapin ikaw sa alaala
Nasaan ang sabi mong
Akoy' iyong Ligaya
Ngayo'y nalulumbay
ay di ka makita.
Irog ko'y tandaan
kung ako man ay iyong siniphayo
Mga sumpa't lambing
Pinaram mong buo
Ang lahat sa buhay ko
ay hindi maglalaho't
Masisilbing bakas
Nang nagdaan
'tang pagsuyo.

Tandaan mo irog,
Irog ko'y tandaan
Ang lahat sa Buhay ko
ay hindi maglalaho''t
Magsisilbing bakas
'Tang Pagsuyo,
Nasaan ka irog,
Nasaan ka irog?

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