“Di mana Kan Kucari Ganti” from the film “Ibu Mertuaku” (1962)

“Ibu Mertuaku” (1962) was directed and starred by the Malaysian silver-screen legend Tan Sri P. Ramlee. Also starred were Dato’ Sarimah Ahmad, Zaiton Abdullah and Ahmad Mahmod. The song is sung by the main character Kassim Selamat/Osman Jailani, perhaps for the listening pleasure of Chombi, who had just lost her husband in battlefield. Kassim Selamat/Osman Jailani himself has lost his own wife (or so he thought).

Lyrics:

Hendak ku nangis
Tiada berair mata
Hendak ku senyum
Tiada siapa nak teman
Kalaulah nasib
Sudah tersurat
Begini hebat
Apa nak buat?

Di mana kan ku cari ganti
Serupa denganmu
Tak sanggup ku berpisah
Dan berhati patah
Hidup gelisah

Alangkah pedih rasa hati
Selama kau pergi
Tinggalku sendirian
Tiada berteman
Dalam kesepian

Dunia terang menjadi gelita
Cahaya indah tiada berguna
Keluhan hatiku
Menambah derita
Namun kau jua
Tak kunjung jelma

Di mana kan ku cari ganti
Mungkinkah di syurga?
Untuk kawan berduka
Menangis bersama
Selama-lama

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English Translation:

I wanted to cry
But I have no tears
I want to smile
But there is no one to accompany,
If my fate
Has been determined
To be this bad
What can I do?

Where can I find another
Like you
I can’t bear this parting
And heartbreak
Living in agony.

My heart aches so much
Since you’ve been gone
Leaving me all alone
With no one
In loneliness

The bright world becomes dark
Its beautiful lights become useless
The weeping of my heart
Adds to my sorrow
But you still
Never appear

Where can I find another
Perhaps in heaven
To grief with me
To cry with me
Forever and ever

Source of lyrics: P. Ramlee’s Songs and Lyrics – A Tribute by MOKUI

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