Song remembering the old folk. 2.

Sung by Pan Xie.


This song, lamenting the demise of the old folk, uses exactly the same set of similes as employed in other songs in the group, however, after the two opening lines, each stanza is introduced by the statement that while the "father" was alive he was a "gi a zyu". Now "gi" is the word for a flat area of ground commonly used for a market, but also for any plot of ground where community or religious gatherings could be held. "a zyu" simply means "to gather together". That is to say, while this father-figure lived, he was the centre about which the clan or extended family gathered, and, by implication, now he had gone, the clan was in danger of disintegrating.

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