Cuando era niña
When I Was a Child
Canción para jugar a las palmas
Cuando era niña, niña, niña,
Me pegaban, me pegaban, me pegaban.
Cuando era joven, joven, joven,
Coqueteaba, coqueteaba, coqueteaba.
Cuando era señora, señora, señora,
Arrullaba, arrullaba, arrullaba.
Cuando era vieja, vieja, vieja,
Bastoneaba, bastoneaba, bastoneaba.
Cuando era muerta, muerta, muerta,
Apestaba, apestaba, apestaba.
Cuando era polvo, polvo, polvo,
Me barrían, me barrían, me barrían.
When I was a child, a child, a child
They'd beat me, they'd beat me, they'd beat me.
When I was a young girl, a young girl, a young girl,
I'd flirt, I'd flirt, I'd flirt.
When I was a lady, a lady, a lady,
I'd coo the babies to sleep, I'd coo, I'd coo.
When I was old, old, old,
I'd give a caning, give a caning, give a caning.
When I was dead, dead, dead,
I'd stink, I'd stink, I'd stink.
When I was dust, dust, dust,
They'd sweep me, they'd sweep me, they'd sweep me.
Photos & Illustrations
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Thanks to Lila for the drawing!
Translated by Monique Palomares and Lisa Yannucci.