This song, sung by Primo Marianas from Saipan, takes me back to the late 1970s when my friend, the future Father Patrick Garcia, used to play this album constantly.
It's a song about growing up poor, and reliance on God, the generosity of others and avoiding theft.
Åhe' ti isao este i pepble
(No, poverty isn't a sin)
sa' guaha ha' pat riko pat popble
(because there are either rich or poor)
lao eyu yo' nai na piniti-ña
(but the pain of it)
i sesso yo' ma fa' chalek-ñiha.
(is to often be their laughingstock.)
Lao si Yu'us mås hihot na amigu-ho
(But God is my closest friend)
guiya et mås hu hahasso
(He is the one I think of the most)
sa' guiya ha enkatgao i mañaina-ho
(because He put my parents in charge of me)
bai tayuyute ha' sa' siempre u esgaihon yo'.
(I will pray because He will surely accompany me.)
Tåya' isao-ña este i mangågao
(There is no sin in asking)
an sakke hao ennao mås isao
(to be a thief, that is more a sin)
ya si Yu'us u onra siha i man geftao
(and God will honor the generous)
sa' i pepble man mames nai na taotao.
(because the poor are sweet people.)