Atal matal - Iranian Children's Songs - Iran - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image



Atal matal

Atal matal tootoole
Govee Hasan che joore?
Na shir dare na pestoon!
Shiresho bordan hendestoon
Ye zane Kordi bestoon
Esmesho bezar am-qezi!
Doure kolash ghermezi
Hachin o wachin
Ye pato varchin!

"gh" is a voiced velar sound, the one made when gargling.

Hasan: a name for men, originally it is an Arabic name.
Am-qezi: an imaginary old name for women.


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اتل متل

اتل متل توتوله
گاو حسن چه جوره؟
نه شیر داره نه پستون
شیرشو بردن هندستون
یه زن کردی بستون
اسمشو بزار عم قزی
دور کلاش قرمزی
هاچین و واچین
یه پاتو ورچین



Many thanks to Maryam for singing Atal Matal for us!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Fatimah Baji for contributing, transliterating and translating this song.

Khay'ly Mo'teh'shaker'am!