A Haitian Lullaby: “Dodo Titit” – Sleep Little One

“Dodo Titit” is a widely known lullaby in Haiti. It means “sleep little one”. It sounds like “titit” comes from the French petit.

Dodo Titit
(Haitian Creole)

Dodo titit*
Si ou pa dodo,
krab la va manje ou
Dodo titit,
krab lan kalalou**

Sleep Little One
(English Translation)

Sleep little one,
If you don’t sleep,
The crab will eat you
Sleep, little one.
Crab in Okra Gumbo**

*Alternatively, this line can be “Dodo ti titit” – “ti” means “small”. Sometimes “mamman” or “papa” is at the end of the line – making it “Sleep mommy’s little one” or “Daddy’s little one”.
**Kalalou means both “okra” and “gumbo”. Kalalou in the Caribbean often have okra and crab in them. Kalalou is sometimes spelled: “calalu”, “calalou”, or “calaloo”. The word comes from Africa.

You can find variations of this lullaby at: Caribbean Living – Dodo ti pitit manman and The Lullabologist – Dodo Tititwith recording.

If anyone would like to share their version, and/or a recording, feel free to in the comments below or by emailing me at lisa@mamalisa.com .

Thanks and enjoy!

Mama Lisa

This article was posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2009 at 8:48 pm and is filed under Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, Creole, English, Haiti, Haitian Children's Songs, Haitian Creole, Haitian Lullabies, Kalalou, Languages, Lullabies, Mama Lisa, Words & Phrases. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “A Haitian Lullaby: “Dodo Titit” – Sleep Little One”

  1. D. HaLL Says:

    Does anyone have sheet music for the Haitian Lullaby, for our chior to sing?

  2. Paola Says:

    Thanks for publishing this! I’ve been looking for this lullaby like forever (it was sung to me as a kid by my haitian nanny).

  3. Jean Says:

    I was under the impression that it was “Dodo ti pitit”. Non?

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