This song is also sung in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Argentina…

"Madrugada" means "early morning" or "daybreak/sunrise".

Notes

There's a variation that goes like this…

Se levanta la niña a la una
Para ver la madrugada.
Se levanta la niña a la una
para ver la madrugada.
ni una, ni medio, ni cero, ni nada
qué linda es la madrugada.

English Translation:

The girl gets up at 1
to see the dawn.
The girl gets up at 1
to see the dawn.
Not one, nor a half, nor zero, nor anything
How beautiful is the early morning.

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According the liner notes for the album Latin American Children's Game Songs this song is originally from Spain and is associated with Christmas.

Yet according the the book "Campanita" by Andres Bello, this song comes from Argentina.

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Last Verse in the Video:

Os despertáis los papás a las siete,
(Your parents wake up at seven)
Más o menos, a las siete de la madrugada,
(More or less at seven in the morning)
Y también a las seis, a las cinco
(And also at six, at five)
A las cuatro, a las tres
(At four, at three)
A las dos, a la una
(At two, at one)
A la media a la nada.
(At a half, at nothing)
¡Ya dormiréis!
(Now you'll sleep!)
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Here's a slightly different version…

Se levanta la niña a la una
(The girl gets up at one)
Porque viene la madrugada,
(Because dawn is coming)
Se levanta la niña a la una
(The girl gets up at one)
A la media, a la cuarto, a la nada,
(At a half, at a quarter, at nothing)
Ay qué linda la madrugada.
(Oh, how fine is the early morning.)

Se levanta la niña a las dos…
(The girl gets up at two…)
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Very slightly different version:

Se levanta la niña a la una,
(The girl gets up at one)
A la una de la mañana*,
(At one in the morning)
Se levanta la niña a la una,
(The girl gets up at one)
A la media, a la nada,
(At a half, at nothing)
Ay qué linda la madruga.
(Ah, how fine is the early morning.)

*Literally, "mañana" is " morning" while "madrugada" is "early morning/daybreak/sunrise".
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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Lisa.