#03049
Atatab Kilangmitub (Margaret Metcalfe)
Father Up In Heaven
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Atatab kilangmitub tessiutsainarmanga,
Nunab pingit tamaita ungagingilakka;
Omatunnergutingit opigidiarpakka,
Arvertarpunga mane kilaktorarlugo;
Nunab pingit taimata ungagingilakka,
Omatunnergutingit opigidiarpakka.

Tapsoma pairingamagik tarniga timiga,
Opiguktuksaunimik ikpigidlarpunga;
Tarnik erkaikattarit piulijaunernik,
Kujagitsainalauruk pairitsainarmatit.

Siornniokattaruma uvlut iliangine,
Satsainaromavara piulijitongamat;
Kenuersarlungalo kenuvigivara,
Kaikogumga nunamit tarne napkigiuk.

Atatab kilangmitub tessiutsainarmanga,
Nunab pingit tamaita ungagingilakka;
Omatunnergutingit opigidiarpakka,
Arvertarpunga mane kilaktorarlugo;
Nunab pingit taimata ungagingilakka,
Omatunnergutingit opigidiarpakka.

####.... Author unknown. Moravian hymn ....####
This song comes from a Moravian hymn book and was recorded in Margaret Metcalfe's native tongue, Inuttut. It has been sung in Margaret's family for at least three generations. (Compilation album: Our Labrador, trk#6, 1993, Butter & Snow Productions, produced by Glen Tilley/Shirley Montague, recorded at Studio F, CBC Radio, St John's, NL and engineered by Terry Winsor).

Liner Notes:
¹ Margaret Metcalfe was born in the Northern Labrador community of Nain. She has developed a following for her music through her folk festival appearances. This was her first recording.
² The Moravian Church has maintained a presence in most of Northern Labrador since the 1700s. Based on simple worship and strict Christian living, this Protestant religion originated in east central Europe in 1457. Today most of Northern Labrador's population still practices the Moravian faith.

From Wikipedia:
Nain or Naina - northernmost town of any size in Newfoundland and Labrador, located about 370 kilometres by air from Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The town was established as a Moravian mission in 1771 by Jens Haven and other missionaries. The current population is approximately 1,000 predominantly Inuit and mixed Inuit-European. Nain is located on the north side of Unity Bay, a small inlet. The bay is open to the Atlantic Ocean but Nain's harbour is protected by numerous islands, the largest of which is Paul's Island. From Nain to the open Labrador Sea is approximately 50 km east through Strathcona Run. Nain is inaccessible by road and may be reached only by air or sea.



English translation:

Our Father up in heaven watch over me,
I'm not afraid of leaving the land;
I believe deep down in my heart,
I'm just travelling place to place;
I'm not afraid of leaving the land;
I believe deep down in my heart.

Our Father watches over my soul,
I believe in my feelings;
Remember you have to be saved;
You should be thankful,
You have someone to watch over you.

Somedays I suffer,
When I die, I want to go to heaven;
I'm not asking for much,
But I'm asking for Him
To take me into heaven,
My body and soul.

Our Father up in heaven watch over me,
I'm not afraid of leaving the land;
I believe deep down in my heart,
I'm just travelling place to place;
I'm not afraid of leaving the land;
I believe deep down in my heart.


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