This song is thought to be Polynesian, probably from the Solomon Islands. Sometimes you'll see this listed as a song from the Philippines. It seems likely that it is Polynesian but that it's sung in the Philippines.

Tongo - Solomon Island Children's Songs - Solomon Islands - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Tongo means mangrove in the Kiribati and Tonga languages. Mangroves grow in saline water on the coast.

"Tongo" is believed to be a canoe song.

If the song is Kiribati, I found the word "bwe" (in the place of "bye" above) to have a definition related to canoeing in this Kirabati - English Dictionary:

An oar, a steering oar or it can mean "move" in a game.

If anyone can provide any information about this song, please email me. Thanks! -Mama Lisa

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This is also a Girl Scout song.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image: Women at Nore Fou in Canoes, trading with ship, Lau Lagoon, Malaita Island (Solomon Islands), 1906.

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