Tortillitas de manteca
Pa' Mamá que está culeca*.
Tortillitas de salvado
Pa' Papá que está enojado.
Little tortillas made with lard
For Mommy who is glad*.
Little tortillas made with bran
For Daddy who is mad.
*Or "expecting"... "Culeca" actually refers to a hen who wants to "sit" and hatch her eggs instead of allowing the farmer to collect them. In some places, this words means "pregnant" but in many other places, it means "happy" or "glad".
When singing "Tortillitas" the adult takes the baby's hands and claps them together, or else they do a kind of pat-a-cake to the rhyme.
Rosa López sent an alternate version:
Tortillita de manteca pa' mamá que está contenta
Tortillita de maíz pa' papa que está feliz.
Little tortillas made with lard for Mommy who is glad.
Little tortillas made with corn for Daddy who is happy.
Many thanks to Monique Palomares for the mp3!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Leah Cummings for contributing and translating this song. Many thanks also to Rosa López for contributing the second version.
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