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We are trying to find the lyrics to this lovely traditional song from Sierra Leone.  It’s in the Mende language. If anyone can help with the lyrics and/or a translation, please let us know in the comments below.  We would love to add this song to Mama Lisa’s World! Thanks! -Mama Lisa
Here’s a video from Malawi of two guys singing a nice little song.  The song is sung in English and Chichewa.  The English lyrics are: "Because I’m a lonely lad who cannot find my way." If anyone knows the Chichewa lyrics (with a translation if possible), please comment below or email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa PS We’ve just added a...
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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 islands...
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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 from Nicaragua   Traditional Songs from Panama  Feel free...
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Here’s a video of the song Dem Bones for Halloween.  It’s a longer version to actually teach kids about dem bones… Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones… Enjoy dem bones! Mama Lisa
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Paul Simon’s song April Come She Will seems to be loosely based around the rhyme The Cuckoo and an English ballad called Cuckoo Song.  You can read both below… The Cuckoo In April, Come he will. In May, He sings all day. ...
We received these three Romanian songs by Eva Partin. Would anyone be able to help translate any of them? We’d greatly appreciate any help! Vine, vine primavara! Vine, vine primavara! Se asterne-n toata tara! Floricele pe cimpii, Hai sa le-adunam copii! Tralalalalalalalala! Tralalalalalalalala! Floricele pe cimpii, Hai sa le-adunam copii! Creste, creste iarba verde, Ciocirlia n-or se pierde, Haideti s-ascultam copii, Al ei cintec din cimpii! Tralalalalalalalala! Tralalalalalalalala! Haideti...
Here’s an alternate version of the traditional song Daisy, Daisy, sent to me by Bretta Gerhard… Daisy, Daisy Daisy, Daisy, Give me your answer due. I’m half crazy, All for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage. I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet, Upon the seat, Of a bicycle built for two. Michael, Michael, I’ll give you my answer true I’m not...
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My daughter and her friends Marisa and Melisa taught me this Halloween song, which seems to be traditional American. It’s called Ghost of John. Below are the lyrics and two renditions, one by Marisa and one by Melisa, plus a drawing by Melisa. But first, here’s Marisa announcing it with a Halloween song about...
This is a protest song and it is traditionally sung at funerals. It was important during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Senzenina means “What have we done” with the implication “what did we do to deserve this?” (Also spelled “senzeni na”.) Here you can see the original lyrics, with an English translation...
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