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Naik Ke Puncak Gunung
(Indonesian Kids Song)
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Naik Ke Puncak Gunung
Let's Climb the Mountain So High
Children's Song
(Bahasa Indonesia)
Children's Song
(English)

Naik naik ke puncak gunung
Tinggi tinggi sekali
Naik naik ke puncak gunung
Tinggi tinggi sekali
Kiri kanan kulihat saja
Banyak pohon cemara*
Kiri kanan kulihat saja
Banyak pohon cemara.*

Come on, let's climb the mountain so high,
The mountain, so very high!
Come on, let's climb the mountain so high,
The mountain, so very high!
To the left, to the right, as far as we see,
The pine trees show us their greenery!**
To the left, to the right, as far as we see,
Many pine trees.**
 
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Notes

*Ita Quattrone adds "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" to the end of these lines.
**The original translation I was given for the last line was, "The pine trees show greenery." Hanny Savitri Hartono translated it as, "(there are) a lot of pine trees". Innosanto Nagara agreed with Hanny's translation. He wrote, "The more accurate translation for 'Banyak pohon cemara' as 'Many pine trees' is correct. Pohon cermara are specifically pine trees, not just greenery."

So I changed the translation of the last line. -Mama Lisa

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Brianna M. White, who lived in Indonesia, for contributing this song.

Many thanks to Hanny Savitri Hartono, (a certified translator and native Indonesian who now lives in New Zealand) and Ita Quattrone for sending me the correct spelling of "Naik Ke Puncak Gunung". Thanks to Innosanto Nagara for helping with the last line of the translation.

Many thanks to Innosanto Nagara for videotaping this song for us too!

Thanks to Jillyn Chang for singing this song on YouTube for us and for the mp3!

Terima kasih banyak!

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