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We have many versions of The Hearse Song on Mama Lisa’s World.  You can find one version here with a recording and a lot of other versions here.  I recently received yet another one, which has an interesting backstory.  Here’s the email I received from Ananda Patterson: This version is from my grandfather, who was born...
Laura wrote asking for help with a Czech song.  Here’s her question: Dear Mama Lisa, I am trying to find out about an old Czech Song that our Uncle Bob would sing at the end of every visit as he would leave. He would put his finger on the top of his head and turn in a...
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the song "I am the Wee Falorie Man" (with a recording) to get you in the mood… Today, I’m going to make a Guinness Stew since I had the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage yesterday at my Mom’s house. You can check out some Irish recipes, songs and poems here. I’ll leave...
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Happy St. Nicolas’ Day! Here’s a link to info about the legend of St. Nick. Here’s a link to a Dutch St. Nick song with a recording:
Gerard Ramos wrote asking for help with an Italian kids song from Sicily.  Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I stumbled across your site searching for Italian children’s songs trying to find a song my great grandmother passed down through our family.  She was born in Sicily and moved to New Orleans when she was young.  No...
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I asked Siri Randem from the Norwegian language music site Barnesanger about the most popular kids songs and lullabies in Norway. This was her response: Some people sing Bæ, bæ lille lam (a children’s song) or Mikkel Rev (similar). Everyone in Norway has heard these two in childhood. They are not "real" lullabies, however. I suppose...
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Toby Salmon from the band Kinkajous was kind enough to share a recording of the Jamaican song Mango Time with us.  The recording comes from his new cd called Nursery Rhymes by The Kinkajous. The cd features a collection of 30 nursery rhymes with Caribbean flavor made for little ones and grown ups. Here’s Kinkajous...
Guido wrote asking if anyone can help him find a childhood song that’s Russian.  Here’s his email: Hello! First of all, let me introduce myself: Guido Ruzzier, born in Trieste, Italy, in 1934. My father, Silvio Ruzzier, was born in Pirano, a small town near Trieste, in 1895: when he was born, and until the end of...
Ann-Marie wrote asking for help with an Italian song that she learnt in English.  Here’s her email… I remember a song from a record I had as a child about an old woman planting mushrooms in the moonlight. I remember the entire song, including the tune, but I cannot remember what the woman...
We received this email: There’s a traditional Armenian children’s song that goes "ts’nguluh m’nguluh tseev tseev…" It’s sung to children while pinching the top of the hand like a bird holding the hand with its feet. Any idea what this song is? Thanks so much. If anyone can help with this song, please comment below. Thanks! Mama Lisa
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I came across this YouTube video of kids in Nigeria playing two circle dance games.  The songs are quite fun!  The lyrics are in English.  English is the official language of Nigeria even though over 500 languages are spoken there.  You can find most of the lyrics below the video. Song #1   To play: Each kid...
Jade wrote asking for help with an Italian song from Toritto.  Here’s her email: Hey. Love your site. I was looking for a song my nonna used to sing to me as a child. She was from Toritto, a small town outside Bari. It’s in dialect. I’m probably going to butcher the spelling but this is...
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Here is a sweet video rendition of the German lullaby, Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf, followed by the German lyrics and an English translation. Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf, Der Vater hüt die Schaf, Die Mutter schüttelts Bäumelein, Da fällt herab ein Träumelein. ...
Marlena wrote asking for help with a Spanish kids song or lullaby.  Here’s her email: Hi,  I am looking for a song with the refrain "soongee, soongee, soongee" that is sung to infants.    The song is in Spanish.  My grandparents were originally from Mexico.  My family has sung that song to babies ever since I can...
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We recently received a Persian children’s song called Lili Hozak with a link to a YouTube animation.  The style is very interesting.  Here’s what our correspondent Fatima wrote, "I love the animation. Such animations are the Iranian style of animation. They used old patterns of Iranian carpets for drawing the landscapes and the animals too." You...
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Italian singer and songwriter, Giada de Gioia sent us the following song with this note, "I’d like to submit this song. I am the author of both lyrics and music. It was awarded in Bimbofestival 2011 as best lyrics of the whole competition. Published by Map Milano Italy." Here’s the mp3 recording, the song lyrics in...
Jeff wrote asking for help with a Yiddish song.  Here’s his email: Hi, I grew up reciting a Yiddish rhyme or song where we pinched the skin on the back of each others hands and bobbed them up and down while saying something like (and I’m just writing what it sounded like): "Sipicle sipicle amadal, kimsimir and kamadal,...
Rachel wrote looking for help with an Italian song: My Italian grandmother used to sing to me a song that went something like. Peter peter pastela. canavane canela canela cususi felule mascule di...
Peter wrote asking for help with a song his grandmother sang him.  Here’s his email: Hello, I was hoping you’d be able to help with a song my grandmother sang to us when we were kids. It seems nobody can remember the whole thing but it starts like this: "There was a young man who lived on...
Kim wrote asking for help with a Russian song.  Here’s her email: I believe this is a Russian folk song I learned at school many years ago.  I am unable to remember the last verse, but I do remember the tune.  I would appreciate any help to fill in the blanks  I believe it ends with,...

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