TEXT OF BESISI SONGS
Chulaa gul sawaa bawau.
The horn was taken by the Python of the sea.
Chelui berlem-lem, odo langkah.
Look very-carefully, do-not step-over it.1 Kalau langkah timpa* derhakaa .
If you step-over it you will be-crushed for a rebel.
Lilit kret pa nyakit Sawaa .
To- wind-round your body is the sickness of the Python.
Odo yong dalam gres.
Do-not forget in your heart.
Esok jemah.2 To-morrow and always.
Baning. The Tortoise.
Baning, Baning, Baning.
Tortoise, Tortoise, Tortoise !
Tih baning juntul-juntul,
The-fore-paws (lit, hands) oft he-Tortoise are bent-out-sideways, Jong baning patul-patul.3
And-the-hind-pa.vrs (lit. feet) of-the Tortoise are shaped like adzes.
Koi baning kelang-kelup.
The head of the Tortoise shoots-in-and-out (?).
Blakang baning bage batu.
7"^-back fl/'-M*?-Tortoise is like a rock,
Hitam-leh gres baning,
And black is the-heart4 0/'-/^-Tortoise,
Hijau-leh a pA dua 6 baning.
And-green-too is the-bile of-the-Tortoise.
Yek, ai, Mamat Solong,
O brother, Mamat /^-Firstborn,
Gul hau, gul ding blau.
Take your knife, take your bamboo blowpipe.
Gul tohok chok-leh (ha)-meri.
Take your spear and walk through the-foiest.
Telong baning, nakeh tia il.
Search-for /^-Tortoise, those are its footprints.
Nakeh teh nachar baning,
Here is /^-ground where feeds Tortoise,
Lembong bengkong (?) nachar baning.
Cto-shoots ofthe-a chSmeh a feeds /^-Tortoise.
1 The rainbowa s foot. turned sideways, unlike the a labi-
C|2a Esok jdmaha explained as= labi.a According to Ridley, the paws
*i*em jamana or a nisim alo,a lit. of the a labi-labia (Trionyx) are
A -morrow (a besok a ) and further. straight, whilst those of the a baning a
3 The a baninga or land - tortoise (Testudo emys) are turned sideways.
^ described to me as running on the 4 Liver.
lnts of its paws, with its flappers 6 Mai. a hempSdu a = bile.