La rana cucú - Spanish Children's Songs - Spain - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Here's a slightly different version that Francisco sent us with the note below:

"Otra canción infantil - Here's another kids song (cú, cú, cantaba la rana). It's a paradoxical thing since I've never heard of a frog singing coo coo..."

Cú cú, cú cú,
cú cú, cú cú.

Cú cú cantaba la rana.
Cú cú debajo del agua.

Cú cú pasó un caballero.
Cú cú con capa y sombrero.

Cú cú pasó una señora.
Cú cú con traje de cola.

Cú cú pasó un marinero.
Cú cú vendiendo romero.

Cú cú le pidió un ramito.
Cú cú no le quiso dar.
Cú cú y se echó a llorar.

English Translation:

Coo coo, coo coo,
Coo coo, coo coo,
Coo coo, sang the frog,
Coo coo, under the water.

Coo coo, a man walked by,
Coo coo, with a coat and a hat,

Coo coo, a woman walked by,
Coo coo, with a long dress on.

Coo coo, a sailor walked by,
Coo coo, selling rosemary.

Coo coo, the little frog asked for a sprig,
Coo coo, but he didn't give her any,
Coo coo, so she started crying.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - La rana cucú

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Esther Patruno for contributing this song and to Olga López for translating it (with Mama Lisa). Thanks to Francisco Javier Fontalva Chica for the 2nd version of this song!

Thanks to Lila Pomerantz for the drawing!

¡Muchas gracias!