Monday, August 16, 2010

[TRANSLATED LYRICS] Kau Ilhamku by Man Bai

The following is quite possibly my most favourite Malay song by Malaysian artiste, Man Bai. I find the Malay lyrics very beautiful and romantic ...



THE MALAY LYRICS

KAU ILHAMKU
Beribu bintang dilangit
Kini menghilang
Meraba aku dalam kelam
Rembulan mengambang
Kini makin suram
Pudar ilhamku tanpa arah

Sedetik wajahmu muncul
Dalam diam
Ada kerdipan ada sinar
Itukah bintang atau rembulan
Terima kasih kuucapkan


Izinkan kumencuri bayangan wajahmu
Izinkan ku mencuri khayalan denganmu
Maafkanlah oh...
Andai lagu ini
Mengganggu ruangan hidupmu
Kau senyumlah oh...
Sekadar memori
Kita di arena ini
Kau ilhamku
Kau ilhamku...

THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION
I know the lyrics but find it hard to explain since some words are rather formal. I thought ilham is inspiration but in another context it can be "You're my muse". However I find inspiration is a much more romantic word to use rather than muse which sounds like a professional relationship. Anyway my translation, not entirely accurate but I am not taking the literal meaning of the words...

YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION
Beribu bintang dilangit
Kini menghilang
Thousands of stars in the sky are disappearing

Meraba aku dalam kelam
As I wander in the dark

Rembulan mengambang
The rising moon

Kini makin suram
is now growing dim

Pudar ilhamku tanpa arah
My inspiration fades leaving me without any direction

Sedetik wajahmu muncul
Dalam diam
In the stillness a little of your face appears

Ada kerdipan ada sinar
There's a flicker, there's light

Itukah bintang atau rembulan
Is it a star or is it a moon

Terima kasih kuucapkan
Thank you I say to you

Izinkan kumencuri bayangan wajahmu
Allow me to steal a glance of (the shadow/silhouette of) your face

Izinkan ku mencuri khayalan denganmu
Allow me to steal some fantasy with you

Maafkanlah oh...
Oh forgive me

Andai lagu ini
Mengganggu ruangan hidupmu
If this song invades the space (privacy) in your life

Kau senyumlah oh...
Oh please smile

Sekadar memori
Kita di arena ini
Even if this is but a memory of us in this arena

Kau ilhamku
You're my inspiration

Kau ilhamku...
You're my inspiration

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