Balanse Yaya (Swing Yaya) – A Haitian Song with Recording

imageHere’s the charming Haitian kids song Balanse Yaya (Swing Yaya).    Below you can read the original lyrics, listen along to the song and read an English translation.

Note: Yaya is a child’s name.

Haitian Creole Lyrics:

Jezi marie Joseph o
Rat la mange pijon mwen
Jezi marie Joseph o
Rat la mange pijon mwen
Rat pase
Sourit pase
Zazolit pase

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Mwen fe priyè mwen, se pou yaya

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Men ti poulet sa se pou yaya

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Ti chapo pay sa se pou yaya

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Talon kikit sa se pou yaya

English Translation:

Jesus, Mary, Joseph oh,
A rat ate my pigeon,
Jesus, Mary, Joseph oh,
A rat ate my pigeon,
A rat went by,
A mouse went by,
A lizard went by.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya,
All my prayers are for Yaya.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya.
The chicken is for Yaya.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya.
The little straw hat is for Yaya.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya.
These high heels shoes are for Yaya.

Learn more about this song on our Balanse Yaya song page.  Many thanks to Favia at Caribbean Living for sharing this song with us!

This article was posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 6:10 pm and is filed under Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, Folk Songs, Haiti, Haitian Children's Songs, Haitian Creole, Haitian Folk Songs, Languages, MP3's, Recordings, Recordings of Songs. 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.

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