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Gadis Peminta-minta (The Poor Lil’ Beggar)

Toto Sudarto Bachtiar (credit: bimbingan.org)

Toto Sudarto Bachtiar (credit: bimbingan.org)

Setiap kita bertemu, gadis kecil berkaleng kecil

Everytime we meet, lil’ gal wi’ lil’ can

Senyummu terlalu kekal untuk kenal duka

Your smile is too eternal to know sorrow

Tengadah padaku, pada bulan merah jambu

Look me in the eye, look up to the gloomy moon

Tapi kotaku jadi hilang, tanpa jiwa

But for this city has lost its affinity.

Ingin aku ikut, gadis kecil berkaleng kecil

I want to follow you, lil’ gal wi’ lil’ can

Pulang ke bawah jembatan yang melulur sosok

coming home to your nest; under the city bridge reflecting silhouette

Hidup dari kehidupan angan-angan yang gemerlapan

of people’s lives in their glittering dreams

Gembira dari kemayaan riang

delusional euphoria and delight as they seem

Duniamu yang lebih tinggi dari menara katedral

for your world is higher than cathedral towers

Melintas-lintas di atas air kotor, tapi yang begitu kau hafal

walk on dirty waters, of the city you know very well

Jiwa begitu murni, terlalu murni

your soul is pure, so pure

Untuk bisa membagi dukaku

to understand my sorrow, a soul needs cure

Kalau kau mati, gadis kecil berkaleng kecil

If you die,  poor lil’ beggar wi’ lil’ can

Bulan di atas itu, tak ada yang punya

The moon above, no one would ever enjoy it again

Dan kotaku, ah kotaku

And my city, oh my city

Hidupnya tak lagi punya tanda

Its life would lose a true story

Toto Sudarto Bachtiar (Suara, 1956) – Adapted & Translated © Dipa Nugraha

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