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Laju Laju
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Laju Laju Buaiku laju
 1
Pohon beringin tegaknya tinggi
 2
Kalau rendah menyapu bumi
 3
Hidupku tidak beribu
 4
Akulah anak yatim piatu
 5
 
 
Bawang
 6
An ingredient in most Malay cuisine
 7
From Shallots to Garlic
 8
Creating flavours of many different profile
 9
Richness of Rendang
 10
Tanginess of Asam Pedas
 11
Creaminess of Laksa
 12
My taste buds have travelled the world
 13
Eating Kimchi at the edge of Democracy
 14
Dripping Chipotle on an Aztec Sun Stone
 15
But nothing can beat the comforts of home
 16
 
 
Puith
 17
The colour of my culture
 18
Just enough white to take on any shade
 19
Turmeric coloured steps of the Borobudur
 20
Dates coloured fabric worn by the Wali Sembelan
 21
Potato coloured walls of the Colonial Buildings.
 22
Could we have built our own Great Wall
 23
If we were given the chance to pick
 24
Our own crayons to play with
 25
 
 
Merah
 26
The colour of the rose syrup spilled on the carpet.
 27
A stain impossible to remove.
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But yet they accuse me of hacking off
 29
The roots of my Banyan tree.
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Saying things like I was too busy stuffing my face with
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Hash browns to notice the glass tipping over.
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But I say just enough white to take on
 33
The shade of this century.
 34
 
 
 35
Bawang Puith Bawang Merah
 36
Shallots and Garlic
 37
Known as the Malay version of Cinderella.
 38
Cinderella will never be called
 39
The English version of Shallots and Garlic
 40
Is it because we are just
 41
Not the right shade of white?
 42
Progress is like Garlic’s swing
 43
Hanging on what’s left of the tall Banyan tree
 44
Garlic sit on the swing and sings about it
 45
with a voice as smooth as liquid gold
 46
Going
 47
 
 
Laju Laju Buaiku Laju
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She enchants a foreign prince
 49
Who will only pillage her dry
 50
It seems like her future is going
 51
nowhere
 52
Swinging fast
 53
But only Back and forth
 54
Swinging high
 55
But only Back and forth
 56
Swinging far
 57
But only Back and forth
 58
So in this fable
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Who is the good one?
 60
Who is the bad one?
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And who is the unjust step mother?
 62
Just because we only going
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nowhere
 64
Does mean nothing has
 65
change
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17 Nov 13


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