“Upon the Hill”

Posted On: February 9, 2019

A favorite Saipanese folk song among the Peace Corps trainees on Rota during the summer of 1968 was this song, “Upon the hill lies the village of the place that I love best, In my home in Saipan.” This recording of the song was made when Tom was on Saipan in January 2019 with Ping Limes on guitar and vocals, Lino Olopai on ukulele and vocals and Tom Zink on ukulele and vocals.

 

Here are the words to the song. The last chorus is repeated at the end:

Upon the hill lies the village of the place that I love best,
In my home in Saipan,
Where the roses bloom no more, by my little rancho door
In my home on the hill of Saipan.

When it’s night in my dreams takes me back where it seems
Back along the rocks on the hill.
Where the roses bloom no more by my little rancho door
In my home on the hill of Saipan.

I’ve got a sweetheart waiting there with dark eyes and curly hair
Waiting for me back on the hill,
I’ll be happy all my life if she will be my wife,
And I’ll be happy in my home in Saipan.

When it’s night in my dreams takes me back where it seems
Back along the rocks on the hill.
Where the roses bloom no more by my little rancho door
In my home on the hill of Saipan.