Wednesday, October 19, 2011


In this post we learn that you should not marry a girl from Pesapen because she has too many screws loose, pretensions, and 'attitude', or a young lady from Semarang because she's in debt up to her eyebrows and will likely bankrupt you, or even a dame from Krembangan - that type has too many lice.

I have no idea how many lice are just enough.



[In Dutch orthography, because it dates from the Dutch period. The 'j' in Dutch is like the 'y' in English when placed at the beginning of a syllable. The combination 'oe' is pronounced like 'oo' or 'ew' in English, or 'ou' in French. Double o ('oo') sounds like 'oh', as does a single 'o' preceding a single consonant.]

Djangan mandi Kali Pesapen,
Kali Pesapen banjak lintahnya;
Djangan kawin noni Pesapen,
Noni Persapen banjak tingkahnya.


Ajoen ajoen ajoen in die hoge klapperboom,
ajoen ajoen Masmira,
Djangan main gila.
Ajoen ajoen ajoen in die hoge klapperboom,
Ajoen ajoen Masmira,
Djangan main gila.

Djangan mandi Kali Semarang,
Kali Semarang banjak oedangnya;
Djangan kawin noni Semarang,
Noni Semarang banjak oetangnya.


Djangan mandi Kali Krembangan,
Kali Krembangan banjak batoenya;
Djangan kawin noni Krembangan,
Noni Krembangan banyak koetoenya.


Indorock instrumental version:

And whatever you do, avoid bathing in the rivers of those places too - leeches, crawdaddies, and boulders!

Plus, probably, the local women.

Other than that, you're fine.

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Anonymous said...

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in Lice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction Lice
Is also great
And would suffice.

The back of the hill said...


Frosty Bob would approve!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps good to mention that the 'main' in the song (Djangan main gila) is pronounced as ma_in (like mahin without the h ;)

Anonymous said...

djangan main gila means to

don't you dare to playing and become crazzy with Persapen girls.

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