I have a ball, a round ball
It is red, white and blue
When I hit it, it rises into the air
You don't know to where it rises!
I didn't have this ball
I did my homework well
Then my dad gave me a prize:
A round ball!
Ye toop daram ghel ghelie
Sorkh o sefid o abie
Mizanam zamin hava mire
Nemidooni ta koja mire!
Man in toopo nadashtam
Mashghamo khoob neveshtam
Babam behem eydi dad
Ye tope ghel gheli dad!
"kh" is a velar sound, like Spanish "j" or Scottish "ch" in "loch"
"gh" is a voiced velar sound, the one made when gargling.
This song is also sung in Afghanistan.
Here's the computerized text: (we apologize if it doesn't display properly on your screen):
یه توپ دارم قل قلیه
Many thanks to Fatima's niece for the recording of The Ball!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Fatimah Baji for contributing, transliterating and translating this song.