La cucaracha originally comes from Spain, but it was made famous during the Mexican Revolution. Many variations exist. This version is perfect for kids!

La Cucaracha - Mexican Children's Songs - Mexico - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Sometimes just the chorus is sung.

Here are two verses specifically from the Mexican Revolution:

Con las barbas de Carranza
voy a hacer una toquilla,
pa' ponérsela al sombrero
de su padre Pancho Villa.

Una cosa me da risa:
Pancho Villa sin camisa;
ya se van los carrancistas,
porque vienen los villistas.

English Translation

With Carranza's beard
I will make a scarf
To put on the hat
of his father Pancho Villa.

One thing makes me laugh:
Pancho Villa with no shirt on,
The Carrancistas are leaving
Because the Villistas are coming.

Comments

You can find many other verses in La Cucaracha's Wikipedia entry and in a long article about the story of La cucaracha (in Spanish).

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - La Cucaracha

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Monique Palomares for the illustration! Translated by Monique and Lisa.

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