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El coquí
(Puerto Rican Kids Song)
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Lilliam wrote, "I learned this song when I was like in first grade in Puerto Rico. A coquí is a very small frog that can be found only in Puerto Rico. During the nights it makes a characteristic sound, coqui, coqui, coqui. Hope you like the song."

El coquí
The Coquí
Canción infantil
(Spanish)
Children's Song
(English)

El coquí, el coquí siempre canta
es muy lindo el cantar del coquí
por las noches a veces me duermo
con el dulce cantar del coquí
coquí, coquí, coquí, qui, qui, qui
coquí, coquí, coquí, qui, qui, qui.

The coquí*, the coquí's always singing
The coquí's singing is very nice
And sometimes, I go to sleep at night
With the sweet singing of the coquí
Coquí, coquí, coquí, qui, qui, qui
Coquí, coquí, coquí, qui, qui, qui.
 
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Notes

*Small frog

*****

Mary Grisanty sent the translation below with the note: Coqui alternative lyrics - not directly translated but easier to sing...

The coqui, the coqui's always singing
A beautiful song called, "Coqui."
It's at night that he likes to sing loudly,
As he hangs on the trunks of the trees!
Coqui, coqui, coqui, qui, qui, qui,
Coqui, coqui, coqui, qui, qui, qui.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lilliam Cruz for contributing this song and to Monique Palomares for translating it and for the midi tune and to Mary Grisanty for the alternate translation.

¡Muchas Gracias!

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