Di Tanjong Katong

Lyrics - Malay

(Folk song from Singapore)

Di Tanjong Katong, airnya biru
Di situ tempatnya dara jelita
Duduk sekampung, lagikan rindu
Kononlah pula nun jauh di mata

Pulau Pandan jauh ke tengah
Gunung Daik bercabang tiga
Hancur badan di kandung tanah
Budi yang baik di kenang jua Refrain

Kalau ada jarum patah
Jangan simpan di dalam peti
Kalau ada silap sepatah
Jangan disimpan di dalam hati Refrain

English Translation – At Tanjong Katong (Cape of Turtles)

At Tanjong Katong, the waters are blue,
That is the place to find pretty maidens;
We live in the same village, yet I pine for you,
What more if you’re beyond my eyes’ reach.

Pulau Pandan is far away in the middle of the sea,
Mount Daik has three peaks;
The body crumbles in the earth’s womb,
But good character is always remembered. Refrain

If there is a broken needle,
Don’t keep it in the wooden chest;
If there is a wound caused by words,
Don’t let it fester in your heart. Refrain
(source – with more explanation)

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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