Al pasar la barca - Mexican Children's Songs - Mexico - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Monique wrote: "The second to last line 'arriba la barca' means 'long live the boat' or 'up with the boat'. There's another version that goes 'arriba la barca, abajo el barquero' (up with the boat, down with the boatman)."

You can hear another version of this song sung here.

Game Instructions

Two children join hands and put their arms up to make an arch, the others go in a line and pass under the arch while the song is sung. At the end of the song, the two forming the arch lower their arms and catch the kid who's passing under it at that very moment.

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Thanks to Monique Palomares for singing Al pasar la barca for us!

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Al pasar la barca

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Carlos Arturo Casas Mendoza for contributing this song. Translated by Lisa Yannucci and Monique Palomares. Thanks to Lila Pomerantz for the drawing!

¡Muchas gracias!

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