This song is in the Neapolitan dialect.

"My grandfather used to sing 'Arre, arre, cavalluccio.' If I'm not mistaken it was a memory challenge song, changing 'Murchigliano' to other cities or places and needing to repeat the song again with more places/cities that the other kids added..." -Vitor Bruno


Melissa wrote: "My husband's grandmother (from Naples) sang this song to all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren... She just recently passed away and I have only JUST found the words to this great little bouncing rhyme. I only wish I had the song to go with the words now!"


In the recording below, Vitor Bruno repeats the rhyme changing "Murchigliano" to other cities or places.


Many thanks to Vitor Bruno for recording this for us!

In the recording below, Vitor Bruno recites the rhyme and then explains how his grandfather recited it to him, changing "Murchigliano" to other places.


Thanks to Vitor Bruno for commenting on this rhyme and explaining how he would recite it.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Melissa for contributing and translating this nursery rhyme.