The song “Dimana Kan Ku Cari Ganti” from the film “Ibu Mertuaku” (1962)

In this 1962 production, Seniwati Zaiton starred as “Chombi/Kalsum”, recently widowed as her husband died in battle. P.Ramlee, also the director of the film, starred as “Kasim Selamat/Osman Jailani”, who thought he had lost his wife during labour.

so, this song is about loss of a loved one and the despair/depression that comes with it.


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This is one of P. Ramlee’s most successful films in the 60’s. it had won:

Best Black/White Picture (Abu Bakar Ali) – Asia Pacific Film Festival 10, 1963

Special Award – Most Versatile Talent (P. Ramlee) – Asia Pacific Film Festival 10, 1963.

Even with these awards and after putting Malaya’s name in international arena, people still had failed him.

Lyrics: Di Mana kan Ku Cari Ganti
Song by P. Ramlee

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 dengan mu
Tak sanggup ku berpisah
Dan perhati patah, hidup gelisah

Alangkah pedih rasa hati
Selama kau pergi
Tinggalkan sendirian
Tiada berteman dalam kesepian

Dunia terang menjadi gelita
Cahaya indah tiada bergema
Keluhan hatiku membawa derita
Kini kau jua tak kunjung jelma

Di mana kan ku cari ganti
Mungkinkah di syurga
Untuk kawan berduka
Menangis bersama, selama-lamanya

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