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Nasan Ka?


by Josh Santana

 

Song Facts:

  • Genre: Pop
  • Language: Philipino (Tagalog)
  • Lyricist: Vehnee Saturno
  • Composer: Vehnee Saturno
Artist Info: Josh Santana is a pop Filipino balladeer known for his love-inducing and melancholic kind of style in the emotional depth of love and loss, something that would appeal to many who would appreciate touching lyrics. Josh's songs endear him to many fans who must remain loyal, with melodious tunes and lyrics cutting across experiences that the fans can easily relate to. His outstanding capability to express emotions through his music retains him as an outstanding musician in the Filipino scene. The theme that Santana takes up time and time again tends to be that of love, separation, or yearning, and, as a result, his songs are classics for many love-themed playlists.

About Vehnee Saturno

Vehnee Saturno is a prolific Filipino songwriter and music producer, known for his significant contributions to the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) scene. His career spans over several decades, beginning in the late 1980s and continuing robustly into the 2020s. Saturno has crafted a variety of hits that have not only topped charts but also helped shape the Filipino music landscape.

Genre and Musical Style

Saturno's work predominantly falls within the ballad and pop genres. His compositions are characterized by their melodic fluency and emotional depth, which resonate strongly with the Filipino sentimentality. He has a knack for blending simple yet profound lyrics with catchy, memorable melodies.

Annotations and Meaning:

"Nasan Ka" by Josh Santana is a song with terribly sad emotions where the artist speaks of very intense longing and sorrow after losing a lover. The lyrics give a vivid account of a person whose life is filled with thoughts and dreams of a previous relationship. The repeated theme is that of the question "Nasan ka?" "Where are you?" It reflects as a sense of search or longing for the not-there partner. The lines "Humayo ang aking tinging hanap ka sa kin" and "O bakit ka naman nagkawalay tayo ng piling" express the bewilderment and sadness that the singer has because both of them have separated. Singer fails to understand why they are no more, and this inability adds to the emotional turmoil that he undergoes. "'Mga sandaling yakap ka' (Moments that you embraced me)," and this takes one back to the days of touching and embracing with warmth, hence the pain felt by their absence is amplified. The imagery of tears that 'di kayang pigilin' (unstoppable) and how living on one's own is 'sadyang kay hirap na mag-isa' clearly describe the deep emotional impact of a parting. Added to the repeated longings, "to revisit the moments of intimacy," all this adds up to a story of enduring love and unyielding sorrow. Most of all, "Nasan Ka?" is just a song of love, longing, and pain from separation, reminding many of the loved ones they have lost. The song just presents a general capture of the feeling when one misses someone badly and has that wishful hopeless desire to turn back time and relive the moments one lost.

Nasan Ka? Song Text

Nasan Ka? by Josh Santana


[Verse 1]
Humayo ang aking tinging hanap ka sa kin
O bakit ka naman nagkawalay tayo ng piling
Lagi kang naiisip lagi kang naaalala
Dito sa aking tabi ang pangarap lagi
Mayakap kang muli sana

[Chorus]
Nais ko na muling ibalik mga sandaling yakap ka
Di pa rin di ko kayang limutin

[Verse 2]
Ikaw ay mahal sa akin
Luha'y di kayang pigilin
Sadyang kay hirap na mag-isa
Ngayong malayo ka sinta...
Nasan ka (Nasan ka)

[Verse 3]
O bakit ikaw ay laman ng aking isip
Kasama ka lagi sa aking panaginip
Lagi na lang nagbabalik alaala mo sa kin
Sa aking pag-iisa ang pangarap tuwina mayakap ka sana

[Chorus]
Nais ko na muling ibalik mga sandaling
Yakap ka
(nais ko na muling ibalik mga sandaling yakap ka)
Di pa rin di ko kayang limutin
(di pa rin di ko kayang limutin )
Ikaw ay mahal sa akin (mahal sa akin)
Luha'y di kayang pigilin
Sadyang kay hirap na mag-isa
Ngayong malayo ka sinta

[Pre chorus]
Sana ay muli pang makita
Maghihintay ako

[Chorus]
Nais ko na muling ibalik mga sandaling yakap ka
(nais ko na muling ibalik mga sandaling yakap ka)
Di pa rin di ko kayang limutin
(di pa rin di ko kayang limutin )

Ikaw ay mahal sa akin
(mahal sa akin)
Luha'y di kayang pigilin
Sadyang kay hirap na mag-isa
Ngayong malayo ka sinta
(nasan ka)
Nasan ka
(sinta)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

[Verse 1]
My gaze went forth, searching for you
Oh, why did we have to part ways?
You're always on my mind, always remembered
Right here beside me, my dream always
To embrace you once more, I hope

[Chorus]
I want to bring back the moments when I held you
I still can't, I can't forget

[Verse 2]
You are dear to me
Tears I cannot hold back
It's truly hard to be alone
Now that you're far away, my dear...
Where are you? (Where are you?)

[Verse 3]
Oh, why are you always on my mind?
You're always in my dreams
Your memories always return to me
In my solitude, I always dream of embracing you, I hope

[Chorus]
I want to bring back the moments
When I held you
(I want to bring back the moments when I held you)
I still can't, I can't forget
(I still can't, I can't forget)
You are dear to me (dear to me)
Tears I cannot hold back
It's truly hard to be alone
Now that you're far away, my dear

[Pre chorus]
I hope to see you again
I will wait

[Chorus]
I want to bring back the moments when I held you
(I want to bring back the moments when I held you)
I still can't, I can't forget
(I still can't, I can't forget)

You are dear for me
(dear for me)
Tears I cannot hold back
It's truly hard to be alone
Now that you're far away, my dear
(Where are you?)
Where are you
(dear)



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