There are slightly different versions of this rhyme.

Game Instructions

"The way in which we played was as follows:
We sat (or kneeled) around a low table or a chair, on which we placed both hands with palms down, arranged in a circle. Whoever organized the game (usually the oldest person) while reciting the lines, lightly pinched the back of each hand. When the verse ended, the last hand to be pinched had to withdraw from the game. The last hand remaining on the table was the winner." -Javier



MP3 recording by Javier Martínez Frascaroli.

You can watch another use of the rhyme in this video.

The 5th and last lines are both "Salvadito tú estás" (You're saved!)
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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Javier Martínez Frascaroli who sent us this song from Alcobendas (Madrid). Translated by Monique and Lisa.