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De colores
(Mexican Folk Song)
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This song is originally from Spain. The first translation fits the tune, so you could sing along in English as well as Spanish...

De colores
All the Colors
Canción infantil
(Spanish)
Folk Song
(English)

De colores - Mexican Children's Songs - Mexico - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


De colores, de colores se visten los campos en la primavera
De colores, de colores son los pajaritos que vienen de afuera
De colores, de colores es el arco iris que vemos lucir
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí

Canta el gallo, canta el gallo con el quiri quiri quiri quiri quiri
La gallina, la gallina con el cara cara cara cara cara
Los polluelos, los polluelos con el pío pío pío pío pío pí
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí

De colores, de colores brillantes y finos se viste la aurora
De colores, de colores son los mil reflejos que el sol atesora
De colores, de colores se viste el diamante que vemos lucir
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí

All the colors, all the colors, oh how they dress up the countryside in springtime,
All the colors, all the colors of birdies, oh how they come back to us outside,
All the colors, all the colors in rainbows we see shining bright in the sky,
And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully,
And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully.

The rooster sings, he sings, cock-a-doodle, doodle, doodle, doodle, doodle, doodle, doodle-doo,
The chicken clucks, she clucks, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck,
The little chicks they cheep, they cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep,
And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully,
And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully.

All the colors, all the great, glowing colors that we see in the sky at sunrise,
All the colors, all the colors are seen in the thousand reflections in sunlight,
All the colors, all the colors are seen glittering in a diamond ring,
And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully,
And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully.
 
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Notes

I tried to keep the translation as close as possible to the original, while making it fit the melody. The biggest liberty I took was with the line, "Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí" which I translated as, "And that's why a great love of all colors makes me feel like singing so joyfully." A more literal translation would be, "And therefore, the great love of many colors pleases me." or "And that's why I like so many colors so much." -Mama Lisa

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Check out the Mama Lisa's World Blog Post about De colores - All the Colors - Spanish Song about Springtime including YouTube Videos.

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Monique Palomares sent me another translation:

The fields in the spring dress with colors, colors,
The little birds that come from outside are colorful, colorful,
The rainbow that we see shining is colorful, colorful,
That's why l like the great love of many colors,
That's why l like the great love of many colors.

The rooster sings, the rooster sings quiri quiri quiri quiri quiri,
The hen, the hen sings cara cara cara cara cara,
The chicks, the chicks pío pío pío pío pío pí,
That's why l like the great love of many colors,
That's why l like the great love of many colors.

Dawn dresses with fine and shiny colors,
The thousand reflections that the sun gathers are colorful,
The diamond that we see shining dresses in colors,
That's why l like the great love of many colors,
That's why l like the great love of many colors.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks Candace Buchak for pointing out this song to me. 1st translation by Lisa Yannucci. 2nd translation by Monique Palomares. Thanks to Lila for the drawing!

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