Count the Waves (Kupu Kuwi)

I learned this Indonesian song years ago from my friend and incredible vocalist Peni Candra Rini. It is a magical song about a butterfly that slips away. The sound of the vibes, played beautifully by percussionist David Cossin, whisks me away to the shores of a lake at dawn, where we watch the world come alive with patience and love. 

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The sun rises on a new day, full of possibilities. A blank canvas, ready to fill in with your ideas, imaginations, dreams. You can continue writing this story. What adventures come next on your own Unhurried Journey? Who will you meet? Where will you go?

A Music Video!

By Elena Moon Park

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Lyrics

Traditional, English verses by Elena Moon Park

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Every morn, when we wake

we walk through the woods, to the lake

the sunlight it shines

the nighttime it fades

1, 2, 3, count the waves

butterflies slip away...

Kupu kuwi tak incupe 

Mung abure ngewuhake 

Ngalor – ngidul, ngetan bali ngulon 

Mrono – mrene mung saparan-paran 

Mbok yo ojo mencok 

Tak incupe  

Mentas mencok clegrok 

Banjur mabur kleper

The moon waves goodbye

The world comes alive

1, 2, 3 count the waves

Wandering through the days

Kupu kuwi tak incupe 

Mung abure ngewuhake 

Ngalor – ngidul, ngetan bali ngulon 

Mrono – mrene mung saparan-paran 

Mbok yo ojo mencok 

Tak incupe  

Mentas mencok clegrok 

Banjur mabur kleper

(Loose translation)

That butterfly,

i try to catch you,

but your flight alludes me

 north, south, east and west

here, there and in all directions

if you stop, i can reach you

stop over the flowers,

and fly away again.

Musicians

Peni Candra Rini, vocals
David Cossin, vibes
Isabel Castellvi, cello
Elena Moon Park, violins, vocals

Peni Candra Rini

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Art by Kristiana Parn

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