Is Tala for the ‘marupok’? Here’s the meaning behind Sarah G’s hit song

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Sarah Geronimo’s three-year-old hit song Tala has been sweeping the nation ever since it resurfaced later in 2019. We’ve all heard of it but in case you didn’t know yet, here’s the meaning behind the tune that kicked off the dance craze. 

On Twitter, 30-year-old songwriter Nica del Rosario shared the reason why she wrote the song.

“Sana ganito ako katalino kasi sinulat ko lang yung Tala kasi may dine-date ako non tapos umpisa palang fumall na ako agad HAHAHAHA,” she said. 

A netizen humored by Nica’s explanation responded: “Hahahahaha ang lalim ko inisip yung lyrics. Karupukan lang pala yung point!”

In an episode of Rated K, the composer said she believes people relate to the song because of its unique message. 

“I think kaya nakaka-relate yung mga tao dahil kakaiba yung message niya. Ikaw may feelings ka na pero yung other person di mo alam kung hanggang saan kayo,” she said. 

Last November, she shared the first draft of the song. Turns out, Tala was not supposed to be a fast-paced dance song. It was a slow, Up Dharma Down-inspired tune. 

“I dug up the very very first draft (excuse my pitchiness) when it wasn’t a dance song yet and Sarah’s original peg was Tadhana x Coldplay,” Nica, who also sang the demo recording, said.

Tala has already grabbed the top spot in iTunes Philippines and the 14th spot in Spotify Philippines. 

In an Instagram post, Nica thanked everyone behind the song’s nationwide success. The young composer revealed it has always been her dream to write a song that would land on the top spot of any hit chart. 

“Wala naman akong napanalunan, at hindi pa rin naman ako mayaman, pero gusto ko lang magpasalamat. Pangarap ko lang naman dati na makagawa ng kanta na magiging #1 sa kahit anong hit chart, yung hindi malilimutan ng mundo kahit pag wala na ako dito. Hindi ko inaakalang magiging parte ako ng kantang dalawang beses pang aabot sa #1 habang buhay pa ako,” she wrote. 

“Salamat Sarah. Kaya kong sumulat ng isang buong essay kung gaano ka kabait at kagaling bilang tao pero saka na yon haha,” she said thanking the singer who helped turn Tala into a hit song. 

Tala was written and released in 2016 as the lead single for Sarah’s 12th album, The Great Unknown. 

Rossane Ramos
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