"Marinero" is a handclapping game. The song is not over until a "complete" round is done, repeating the song over and miming it in the opposite order. Then the song continues over and over, miming, and miming-in-reverse-order, each time faster, until someone can't keep up.
Canción para jugar a las palmas
Hand Clapping Song
Marinero que se fue a la mar y mar y mar (1)
a ver lo que podía ver, y ver, y ver; (2)
y lo único que pudo ver y ver y ver (3)
fue el fondo de la mar y mar y mar. (4)
O seaman who went out to the sea, sea, sea, (1)
To look for everything he could see, see, see; (2)
And the only thing he could see, see, see, (3)
Was the bottom of the sea, sea, sea. (4)
Two or more children go in a circle.
On each line the following is done: The right hand is raised, palm facing down, and the left hand lowered, palm facing up, and they clap in the middle, raising left and lowering right. Then hands are clapped again like giving a high five with both hands, and then each child claps their own hands. Then on the last words of each line do the following (depending on which line you're on):
Line 1: Whenever "mar" is said, make a mock military salute.
Line 2: Whenever "ver" is said, cross hands over the chest.
Line 3: Whenever "ver" is said, clap hands against the thighs.
Line 4: Whenever "mar" is said, make a mock military salute.
The song is not over until a "complete" round is done, repeating the song over and miming in the opposite order: mock salute, hands clapping against thighs, hands crossed over chest and mock salute. Then the song continues over and over, miming, and miming-in-reverse, each time faster, until someone can't keep up.
Many thanks to Edith I. C.-P. V. for singing this song for us.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Edith I. C.-P. V. for contributing and translating this song and for contributing the instructions.