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Gundhul, Gundhul Pacul
(Indonesian Kids Song)
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Central Java/ Folk Song

Gundhul, Gundhul Pacul
A Little Boy with No Hair
Children's Song
(Javanese)
Children's Song
(English)

Gundhul-gundhul pacul cul gembelengan
Nyunggi-nyunggi wakul kul gembelengan
Wakul ngglimpang segane dadi sak latar
Wakul ngglimpang segane dadi sak latar.

A little boy with no hair
Carrying a rice basket on his head
The rice basket fell down, the rice was all over the ground
The rice basket fell down, the rice was all over the ground.
 
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Notes

Note:
Gundhul/Gundul : Bald
Pacul: Hoe (tool).

Lin sent us the Bahasa Indonesia version of this song:

Gundul gundul pacul cul sempoyongan
Keranjang di kepala sempoyongan
K'ranjang jatuh, nasinya berantakan
K'ranjang jatuh, nasinya berantakan.

Lin sent this alternate translation:

Oh oh little bald boy dum di dum dum
Basket of rice on his head dum di dum dum
Basket fell down, the rice's all over the ground
Basket fell down, the rice's all over the ground.

Comments

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Rina Selvia from Jakarta for contributing this song and to Harri Saptadi from Central Java Province in Indonesia for the sheet music. Thanks to Lin Fadelan for the Bahasa Indonesia version and the alternate translation. Thanks also to Monique Palomares for the midi music.

Terima kasih banyak!

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