Can Anyone Help with an Italian Song about a Cat and Mouse?

Cristina wrote asking for help with a childhood song her grandma sang to her.  Here’s her note:

Mama Lisa,

I am trying to figure out the name of a song my Nonna used to sing to me as a baby. She is from Bari and I cannot find the song anywhere. It went something like “chic de lo spanda lo.. e la gatto cucinare, e lo topo a ballare”.

Can you help?

Thank you,


A loose English translation of this song would be: "the spilling of (something) .. and the cat cooks, and the mouse dances."

If anyone can help with the Italian words to this song, please comment below.


Mama Lisa

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One Response to “Can Anyone Help with an Italian Song about a Cat and Mouse?”

  1. Candice Mance Says:

    I see that this is a realllllly late response. But my grandmother was also from Bari and she used to tell me a story about Bettina the mouse and the cat that would tell Bettina what a good cook she was so that he could get close to her to eat her. Does this sound vaguely familiar?

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