"Lir-ilir" is an expression about the time when you're in between being asleep and awake. In addition, it can mean "wake up" or it can be idiomatic for "wake up and live".

Lir-ilir - Indonesian Children's Songs - Indonesia - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*This is an expression about when you're between being asleep and awake. It can mean wake up or be more idiomatic for wake up and live.
**Blossoming into field-plants


The original version of this song was written by Sunan Kalijaga (1460 - ?). The original version is slightly different from the lyrics above.



Many thanks to Arum Suryanti for contributing, translating and singing this song for us!

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image: Marianne North (1872)

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