Apane Igwa

Apane Igwa (Forever). Originally by Shania Twain. Translated by Howard Kimewon.

Sung by members of the Ojibwe language table, circa 2011.

G’nikaan ga moozhag ezhi -andawenimiyan epiichi minjimishkoozhiyin
In your arms I feel often how you want me while you hold me
In your arms I can still feel the way you want me when you hold me
Geyabi ninoondanan ikidowinan epiichi gaaskanooziyin
Still I hear the words while you whisper to me
I can still hear the words you whispered when you told me
Apane igo maampii n’ga aayaa g’nikaang
Forever here I will be in your arms
I can stay right here forever in your arms


Gaawiin wiika g’da bingejiwebinisinon
Never I won’t let you go
And there ain’t no way I’m lettin’ you go now
Gaawiin igo . . . Gaawiin igo
No . . . No
And there ain’t no way and there ain’t no how
Gaawiin wiika n’ga waamdaasiin giizhigak
Never I won’t see the day
I’ll never see that day
Apane igo g’ga ganooinmin miinwash apane igo
Forever I will keep you and forever
‘Cause I’m keeping you forever and for always
Ensa giizhigak g’ga ganawendizomin
Each day we will keep each other
We will be together all of our days
Ensa gizheb n’wii waabandan waashkoban dengwe . . . apane igo
Each morning I will see it a sweet face . . .forever
Wanna wake up every morning to your sweet face . . . always
Geyabi ninoondan gd’ode madwesig ensa jiimiyan
Still I hear it your heart making sound every time you kiss me
In your heart I can still hear a beat for every time you kiss me
Gikendaamaan minik metisiniyan epiichi waasawinagoziying
I know it how much you miss me while we are far away
And when we’re apart, I know how much you miss me
Moozhitoomaan ezhi-zaagiyan gd’ode’eng
I feel it how you love me in your heart
I can feel your love for me in your heart

(Repeat Chorus)

Gd’oshkiinzhigoon geyabi niwaabmaa bezhig aapchigwa zaagid
In your eyes still I see someone, one very much who loves me
In your eyes I can still see the look of the one who really loves me
Bezhig aapchigwa zaagid
One very much who loves me
The one who wouldn’t put anything else in the world above me
Geyabi igo moozhitoomaan epiichi zaagiyan
Still very much I feel it while you love me
I can still see love for me in your eyes

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