Citron is one of 3 original citrus fruits from which all the others were developed. It's not a lemon, but lemons come in part from citron. Lemons are a hybrid between bitter orange (sour orange) and citron.

This is basically a nonsense song. It comes from Mexico. The Mexican version is called Acitrón de un fandango.

Al citrón de un fandango - Peruvian Children's Songs - Peru - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Vocabulary Notes:

A "fandango" is a lively Spanish couples dance.

The Spanish onomatopoeia 'triqui-triqui' or 'triqui tran' is used to mimic the noise of a shaking/bouncing vehicle or the noise of a motor or the noise of train wheels.

Game Instructions

The children sit in a circle on the floor, each one has in front of him a stone, a wooden stick, or any kind of object that can make a noise when beaten on the floor.

Pass the stone to the right (or left) on the downbeats and pick up the stones on the in-between beats. On the penultimate measure, instead of releasing the stone, tap the stone to the right, tap in front, and then release it.


We welcome info about the meaning of this song. -Mama Lisa



Thanks to Rhianna Barr for singing this song for us! You can her more of her music on her YouTube Channel.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Rhianna Barr sharing this song with us. Click her name to go to her YouTube Channel.

Image: Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. "Citrus medica = Citronier de Médie. ['Buddha's Hand', Citron]" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 30, 2020.

¡Muchas gracias!