He ruru mokemoke au I am a solitary owl
He ruru mokemoke au/ I am a solitary owl
hei kaitangitangi/ chief mourner
ki roto i te ngahere pouri/ in the sad forest
Kei te karanga atu te matemate/ Death is calling out
aue ka rere taku ukaipo/ my mother’s milk has flown away
Te whaea huruhuru/ My mother the cloak of feathers
taku kohanga ei!/ my nestling place!
E noho ana tou wairua/ Is this your spirit
ki runga i te rakau nei?/ on the branch with me?
Aue aue te kohu rau noa iho/ No no it’s just the mist
he tohu aroha/ a sign of love
tou aria ei!/ your shadow
He ruru mokemoke au/ I am an owl bereft
ahakoa ka whiti te ra/ despite the rise of the sun
He ruru tangitangi au/ an owl that mourns and mourns
na to rerenga atu ei!/ because you have fled away!