Sunday, September 28, 2014

If That Isn't Love (Kankana-ey Version)

If That Isn't Love
The song in English was written by Dottie Rambo in 1969, a Southern Gospel singer and prolific writer of over 2000 songs. The song, however, was made famous by Elvis Presley and also by Jimmy Swaggart. It is certainly one of my favorite gospel songs. 

Only if you understand Kankana-ey dialect. The last time I sang this song in my dialect must have been over 23 years go. More songs to come. The quality of the video is not as good as it should be because I only used my mobile phone for the recording. I will be posting the lyrics here in the coming days, just in case someone is interested. 

Last July, I ordered the Kankana-ey Christians Song book, Kankantan Di Kristyano, from friends who visited Baguio. They were able to get me one, even if the song book is no longer availabe in the book store. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to record sooner. 

Here is the English version I had recorded last year:

"If That Isn't Love" by Dottie Rambo

He left the splendor of heaven
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me 

If that isn't Love
The ocean is dry
There's no stars in the sky 
And the sparrow can't fly 
If that isn't Love 
Then heaven's a myth 
There's no feeling like this 
If that isn't love 

Even in death He remembered
The thief hanging by His side
He spoke with love and compassion 
Then He took him to paradise