November 19th, 2015
Mama Lisa’s World has a new feature to allow you to search for songs based on song type! Some of our favorites include Jump Rope Songs, Hand Clapping Rhymes, Camp Songs, Finger Plays, Singing Games, Circle Dances… To tell the truth, there are so many great song categories that it’s hard to choose! Check it […]
March 2nd, 2015
Here’s a pretty song from the Marshall Islands called "Ukot Boke". "This song is about thanking your mother and your father for their love and for everything they have done for you.." -Benjamin (singer in the video) If anyone can provide the Marshallese lyrics to this song and/or an English translation, please comment below or […]
February 16th, 2015
We would like to add a song from Turkmenistan to Mama Lisa’s World. The following song is about feminine beauty. If anyone can help with the Turkmen lyrics and/or a translation, please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa
July 8th, 2014
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
May 30th, 2014
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 […]
May 6th, 2014
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 […]
April 24th, 2014
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 […]
October 28th, 2012
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
May 17th, 2012
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. In June, He changes his tune. In July, He prepares to fly. In […]
April 14th, 2010
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 […]
April 13th, 2010
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 […]
October 26th, 2009
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 Halloween […]
March 11th, 2009
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 and a […]
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