"Burung Kakatua" is a well-known song from the Maluku Islands.

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Notes

Different versions of this song exist.

Often only the 1st verse and chorus are sung.

Comments

Annemarie McNish wrote:

"For the second verse I have this version:

Mentjlek de jendela (he lands on the window sill)
Also the refrain was different when I learned it, I was taught:
'Mentjlong' instead of 'tredung'."

Brenda Dodd learned the chorus as, "Lecun, lecun, lecun tra la la, ..."

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Innosanto wrote:

"I noticed in the note by Annemarie McNish: 'tj' was used for 'c' ('ch' sound in English) - 'tj' is a old spelling (Dutch era). But it is correct that some people sing for the second line: 'menclok di jendela' instead of 'hinggap di jendela'.

I'd not heard the alternative to "trek, dung" [tredung] though."

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Burung Kakatua

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Judy Adamson for contributing and translating the first verse of this song. Many thanks also to Brenda Dodd for contributing and translating the second verse, to Monique Palomares for the midi tune and illustration, and to Yuu Kaito for help with the tune.

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