Lanang Si Paku Lanang Lyrics

Posted on April 25, 2010

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This song tells the well-worn story of a young lad consumed with love and chasing after a lady who in turn, has her hearts set on another man. Through the main character of the young lad we can relate to the pain of being rejected by the one we love, made worse by the humiliation of public exposure, as we the audience indulge in a sort of voyeurism and listen to the verses recounting the seemingly fictional –yet thoroughly real – man’s story of persistent chase and repeated rejections.The chorus of singers, collectively lamenting the zealousness of the lovestruck lad, resemble the unwilling spectators in this fruitless chase – the friends and family members who in nursing your sorrows will utter the dreaded I-hate-to-say-this-but-I-told-you-so…

But behind the pain of his rejection is the silent suffering of the woman, who remains in love to an absent man, whose whereabouts are uncertain. She clings on to the lingering memories of the man, unsure if he still has feelings for her, if he has found another woman, or if he is even alive. In a way, she is just as persistent as the young lad in chasing after the one she loves, with the certainty of a love once shared, but with the anguish that accompanies the uncertainty of that love remaining intact.

Aduh lanang, hai, si paku lanang                     Lament this man, this hard-headed man
Lanang ada di sawah padi                              There he is among the paddy fields
Bukanlah lanang si mabuk pinang, sayang       He’s not giddy from eating the areca-nut palm, love
Lananglah mabuk si jantung hati (x2)            Rather he is giddy with love

Buah mengkudu, buah mengkudu buah delima       The noni, the noni and the pomegranate
Dibawa belayar, bawa belayar ke Kuala Deli           Brought to sail, brought to sail to Kuala Deli
Usah ditunggu, cik adik sayang, sekian lama          Cease from waiting, dear lady, so long
Ambillah hamba cik adik, ohoi, sebagailah ganti     Take me instead, dear lady, as a substitute

Aduh lanang, hai, si paku lanang                       Lament this man, this hard-headed man
Lanang sedang menyiram baja                        There he is sowing the seeds
Bukanlah lanang si mabuk pinang, sayang         He’s not giddy from eating the areca-nut palm, love
Lananglah mabuk memandang dara (x2)          Rather he is giddy from gazing the lady

Buah delima, buah delima buah mengkudu            The pomegranate, the pomegranate and the noni
Setiba di Deli, tiba di Deli dilarikan orang               Arriven at Deli, arriven at Deli he was taken away
Walau dah lama, cik abang sayang, hambamu menunggu    Though it’s been long since I await you
Tetapi hati, cik abang, ohoi, belum bergoncang            But my heart, dear man, remains unwavered

Aduh lanang, hai, si paku lanang                        Lament this man, this hard-headed man
Lanang ada di tengah sawah                            There he is among the paddy fields
Bukanlah lanang si mabuk pinang, sayang        He’s not giddy from eating the areca nut palm, love
Lananglah mabuk mengejar tuah (x2)             Rather he is giddy from chasing luck

Anak nakhoda, anak nakhoda memandu bahtera  The captain’s son, the captain’s son steering the ship
Bahtera berisi, bahtera berisi permata intan        The ship filled, the ship filled with precious diamonds
Jangan dicuba, cik adik sayang, memilih rupa       Do not try, my dear lady, to be picky about looks
Udahnya nanti, cik adik, ohoi, meranalah badan    The outcome, dear lady, will be a lonesome soul

Aduh lanang, hai, si paku lanang                      Lament this man, this hard-headed man
Lanang sedang menyiram baja                       There he is sowing the seeds
Bukanlah lanang si mabuk pinang, sayang        He’s not giddy from eating the areca-nut palm, love
Lananglah mabuk memandang dara (x2)         Rather he is giddy from gazing the lady

Intan permata, intan permata dalam bahtera        Precious diamonds, precious diamonds inside the ship
Dijaga pesuruh, jaga pesuruh puteri raja               Guarded by the caretaker, caretaker to the princess
Bukannya hamba, cik abang sayang, memilih rupa   It’s not that I, dear man, choose looks alone
Kalau dah jodoh, cik abang, ohoi, apa nak kata      But if I was meant to be with him, what can I say

Aduh lanang, hai, si paku lanang                     Lament this man, this hard-headed man
Lanang ada di sawah padi                             There he is among the paddy fields
Bukanlah lanang si mabuk pinang, sayang      He’s not giddy from eating the areca-nut palm, love
Lananglah mabuk si jantung hati (x2)           Rather he is giddy with love

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