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Mama Lisa’s World has been growing fast!  Lately we’ve made a particular push to put up more songs from Africa. Here are some of the more recent African countries we’ve added songs to on Mama Lisa’s World:  Kids Songs and Lullabies of Burkina Faso   Choosing Rhyme from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)   Kids Songs and Lullabies […]
John Ziak wrote asking for help with two childhood songs: Lisa, I have been searching for sometime to find a song/nursery rhyme that my grandfather sang to me when I was young.  He passed away 16 years ago and no one in my family can remember any more words than I.  The song originates from […]
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The following video features a song in Mongolian and English by the group, Modern Children.  It’s based on a Mongolian folk song.  Here are the Mongolian lyrics that the kid sings at the beginning of the video and the band later sings the same verse: Mongolian Pronunciation: Nana nana NaaSir Shuder Shuder Tsasai Naisa Naisa […]
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Mama Lisa’s World’s "Lullabies Around the World" App is now in the app store! It features over 50 lullabies with recordings by professional musicians and also by ordinary people who have contributed them to us to help preserve their culture. We’ve included beloved favorites from all over the world like "Fais dodo, Colas mon p’tit […]
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We’ve recently added songs from two countries in Oceania – Fiji and Tonga.  These two countries are located in the South Pacific Ocean.  You can find the songs at the links below…   Traditional Fijian Songs (Farewell Song)   Tongan Songs (A Lullaby) If you click on the map above you can see where these […]
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Central America consists of the seven countries.  Mama Lisa’s World now has songs from each of these countries. Click on the links below to access our songs from Central America.  Traditional Songs from Belize   Kids Songs from Costa Rica   Children’s Songs from El Salvador   Children’s Songs from Guatemala   Lullaby from Honduras   Kids Song and Poem […]
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Rock-a-bye Baby is one of the best known lullabies of the English language.  Usually people only sing one verse (the 1st verse in the lyrics below).  Here’s a longer version that’s really sweet.  You can read the lyrics while listening to Frances Turnbull’s rendition below… MP3 of Long Version of Rock-a-bye Baby Rock-a-bye Baby (Long […]
Sanda wrote to us about Croatian lullabies… "If you are looking for real Croatian traditional lullabies, there is a CD of woman group singing klapa.  Klapa is traditional form of a capella singing from Dalmatia, on the Croatian coast. [Note from Mama Lisa: Klapa means, ‘a group of friends’.  Harmony and melody is an important […]
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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 […]
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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. Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf! Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf, Am Himmel ziehn die Schaf, Die Sternlein […]
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 […]
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Jeff Gilpin sent this lullaby with the following note, "Here is a song I wrote after visiting my wife’s sister in Ayase which is outside of Tokyo, Japan. I think it is very kid friendly and I hope you like it add it to your list of children songs. It is called Ayase Lullaby. Here […]
Bonnie wrote asking for help with a Swedish lullaby.  Here’s her email: Hello!  I just discovered your lovely site when looking for more words to a Swedish lullaby my father (85) tried to remember all his adult life.  We only have this little bit: Ro, ro sharen Placka biben baren Do you know any more?  […]
Andrea Garrido shared with us an early childhood memory of the Spanish lullaby called "La loba".  She’s from Montevideo, Uruguay. Here’s what she wrote: Since I was young, I heard "The She-Wolf" as a lullaby sung in my family. My grandmother sang it to me at night when I stayed at her home overnight. She […]
Donna Buttram Barksdale wrote: I’m looking for the origins to a song my grandmother used to sing to us, here’s what I remember… Go to sleep little baby. The wind’s from the west and the turkey’s on its nest. and I can’t get my rest for the baby. The old sheep lost its lamb way […]
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The poem My Bed is a Boat reminds me of being a kid and playing with my friends on the couch pretending it was a rowboat.  What fun! You can read the poem below and listen along on YouTube videos.  There are 3 renditions: the 1st is recited, the 2nd is sung as a lullaby, […]
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We’ve just added Solomon Islands to Mama Lisa’s World!  Check it out… you can now learn a lovely traditional lullaby in the Baegu language.
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Fedia Bean was kind enough to share her recording of the well-loved Haitian lullaby, “Dodo ti pitit manman” (Sleep Little Baby).  It’s interesting to note that lullabies around the world often have something a little scary to “threaten’” kids with if they don’t go to sleep.  In this lullaby it’s a crab that will eat […]
Can anyone help with the lyrics to this pretty Norwegian lullaby? Byssan lull liten tull (Folkesang) If you can help with the original lyrics and/or an English translation, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa
We were sent these two songs from Mexico but can’t find any information about them.  We’re wondering if anyone knows anything about them such as: Do they have an author or are they anonymously written?  Approximately how old are they? Any info about these songs would be very helpful.  Please comment below if you can […]
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