7 Ultimate Sad Songs: Indonesian Male-Female Duet Edition

Tuesday, January 31, 2017



Sometimes, we do not feel sad all alone. Sometimes, two people who are together do have insecurities, fears, and doubts regarding to the future, especially about the trust and distrust issues, hence they ask for one another to not letting any lies come in between them; and there is sadness in it. Sometimes, two people who are longing for each other are feeling the hollow emptiness since they cannot be at the same place with one another, and all that they can do is just remembering about those times they have spent together before; and there is sadness in it. Sometimes, two people who love each other sincerely have to leave one another since there isn’t any chance that they can be together, hence they let one another to take the love away in order for the love to be able to live on; and there is sadness in it. Sometimes, two people who are madly in love with each other always craving for being together all the time without anything else in this life that could come in between them and break them apart; and there is sadness in it. Sometimes, two people who are old friends meet again just to reminisce about their past and what they’ve been through together, hence they begin their contemplative moment of life and its ups and downs, only to realize that life is just pieces stranded in the ocean; so lonely; and there is sadness in it. Sometimes two people who were being apart once is still thinking about one another at the present time and it makes them wonder somehow if there is still any chance for them to get back together; and there is sadness in it. Sometimes two people who are deeply in love with each other are being stuck in a forbidden relationship that forces them to let all just be memories between them; and there is sadness in it. Still belongs to the Ultimate Sad Songs series, this is the ninth and also the last part of the series: seven saddest Indonesian duets performed by male and female vocalists.

7. Dewi Yull & Broery Marantika – Jangan Ada Dusta di Antara Kita (Don’t Let There be Any Lies Between Us)
Starting the list on number seven is a classic heart-wrenching duet performed by both Indonesian legendary singers, the late Broery Marantika and Dewi Yull, titled “Jangan Ada Dusta di Antara Kita (Don’t Let There be Any Lies Between Us)”. It was released in 1992 as the title song for Marantika’s album of the same name. This pop ballad track was written by Indonesian legendary composer, Harry Tasman. Marantika and Yull’s sweet harmony sounds heartfelt as they sing about two lovers who are in the verge of a breakup because of broken trust between them. They both still have deep feeling towards each other hence they try to fix the relationship by start telling the truth about what they really feel; about the insecurities, fears, doubts, and everything that might kill their relationship. They start by not letting any lies come in between them.



Marantika: It is true that you are not the first for me. A heart had filled my heart once, back then.
Yull: And now you tell me all. Don’t let there be any lies between us, Darling.
Marantika: Everything is up to you; this is the way I am. I respect your decision; anything that you would say.
Yull: Before we walking too far, just say it.

6. Lingua – Bila Kuingat (If I Remember)
Next, on number six of the list is a song performed by vocal trio, Lingua, titled “Bila Kuingat (If I Remember)”. Lingua was consisted of Amara, Frans Mohede, and Arie Widiawan. The song was released in 1996 as the title song for the trio’s debut album of the same name. This ballad track was written by Indonesian famous composer and musician, Yovie Widianto. The lyrics of the bitter-sweet ballad tell about two lovers who are longing for each other but can only remember the time they’ve spent together since they are apart now. And every time they remember, those feelings come up again filling their empty heart.



“If I remember your sweet smile, there won’t be enough time to daydream. If I remember your laughter, there won’t be enough time to wander. I want to have the day forever. Together with you forever. Not just a long daydreaming. If I remember your sweet promise, I’m waiting until the night leaves me.”

5. Tata Janeeta & Bebi Romeo – Bawalah Cintaku (Take My Love Away)
A melancholic ballad duet performed by Bebi Romeo and Tata Janeeta, titled “Bawalah Cintaku (Take My Love Away)”, is up on number five of the list. It was released in 2012 as a part of Romeo’s compilation album, “Masterpiece”. Written by Romeo himself, this pop ballad track showcases the beautiful harmony of his and Janeeta’s unique husky vocals. The lyrics speak about desperation feeling of a love that cannot be together. Since both of the lovers cannot stop the feeling, they decide to let their significant other to take their love away with them as they both leave each other. Therefore the love is able to live though they are apart.



Janeeta: I swear that there is no other chance for me to be with you.
Romeo: Now I know how to be able to be with you.
Janeeta: Take my love go away. Take it wherever you want. Let it be your friend; your most beloved friend.
Romeo: I do the same in here; keep loving you in my life, in my heart, until the time brings us together.

4. Inka Christie & Amy Search – Cinta Kita (Our Love)
Up on number four of the list is a heart-wrenching duet performed by Indonesian lady rocker, Inka Christie with Malaysian rocker, Amy Search, titled “Cinta Kita (Our Love)”. This slow rock ballad track written by M. Nasir and Youngky R.M was released in 1992. The harmonization of Search and Christie’s unique husky voices stands out in this song that talks about two lovers who are infatuated towards each other that they are willing to do anything and to risk everything in order to be together. That is just the kind of the love they have; their love. Nothing in this world can break them apart. And it is just the two of them against the world.



Christie: For the sake of my love for you, I would take you anywhere with me; though I have to swallow an ocean of fire.
Search: For the sake of my love for you, I would go with you even to the desert; though I have to sacrifice my body and soul.

3. PAS Band & Tere – Kesepian Kita (Our Loneliness)
Opening the big three of the list is a song titled “Kesepian Kita (Our Loneliness)”, performed by Indonesian rock band, PAS, featuring female soloist, Tere. This alternative rock track was released in 2001 as the lead single taken from the band’s fifth album, “Ketika”. This song was also included in Tere’s debut studio album, “Awal yang Indah”, which was released in 2002. The band’s vocalist, Yukie, has a masculine-toned voice that goes well with Tere’s soft voice. The song has contemplative lyrics regarding to life and its upd and downs. It captures the hollow sadness that everybody has been going through in solitude and loneliness; when they take a look back at their life so far and reminiscing what they have been through all this time.



Yukie & Tere: This life is just pieces, estranged in the ocean. Forcing us to bury the pain. This life is just pieces, estranged in the ocean. Forcing us to turn it into laughter.

2. Melly Goeslaw & Ari Lasso – Jika (If)
On the runner-up position of the list is a bitter-sweet duet titled “Jika (If)”, performed by Melly Goeslaw and Ari Lasso. The pop R n’ B track was released in 1999 as the lead single taken from Goeslaw’s solo debut album, “Melly”. It was also included in Lasso’s solo debut album, “Sendiri Dulu”, which was released in 2001. Written by Goeslaw, this song’s lyrics follow the story of ex-lovers who apparently still want to go back together, since they realize that everything that had made them broken in the past was not meant to be, and that they actually belong together. Hence they wonder if there is any chance for them to get back together again and make it right.



Goeslaw & Lasso: If still, my mouth can tell all good words that I wanted to say, I will hear your insult and praise for me. We were still young in looking for decisions. I’m sorry that I want to go back, if only there is a way to go back.

1. Reza & Masaki Ueda – Biar Menjadi Kenangan (Let It Be Memories)
Finally, on top position of the list is the heart-wrenching duet performed by Indonesian diva, Reza Artamevia, with Japanese singer, Masaki Ueda, titled “Biar Menjadi Kenangan (Let It Be Memories)”. The melancholic pop ballad track was released in 2000, taken from Reza’s second studio album, “Keabadian”. Written by Indonesian famous musician, Ahmad Dhani, this sad love song has lyrics that allude to a forbidden relationship the feeling of facing dilemmas that come around because of the circumstances. The woman keeps hurting since the man has already had another woman before her. He cannot leave his old lover just like that hence it complicates their relationship. They are stuck. They cannot stop loving each other yet they cannot be together. Since they both understand that it is going nowhere, they decide to let it all be just memories.



Reza & Ueda: You and I will never know why we are not separated, though we can never be together. Let me keep your presence, and let it all be memories that carved inside my heart. Even though it’s painful, it will always be here.

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