Can Someone Help with a Mexican Rhyme about a Man Walking Up a Hill?

Jennifer wrote:

Hi Lisa,

I came across your website and hope you can help me. My grandfather was a little old Mexican man, who couldn’t talk very well. Anyway, he always would say this rhyme to us in Spanish. He would use his fingers (for legs) and “walk” up our arm and at the end of the rhyme he would tickle us. All we can remember is that its about a little man walking up a hill. We never learned to speak Spanish and he passed away several years ago. We all reminisce and wish we knew what it was saying. I know it’s a long shot and not much to go on, but I thought I’d ask for any help!

Thank you,
Jennifer Williamson

If anyone can help out with this rhyme, please comment below.



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10 Responses to “Can Someone Help with a Mexican Rhyme about a Man Walking Up a Hill?”

  1. Leta Bezdecheck Says:

    Oh, the grand old duke of York
    He had 5000 men!
    He marched them up to the top of the hill –
    and he marched them down again

    And when they were up they were up
    and when they were down they were down
    and when they were only half way up –
    they were neither up nor down!

    Obviously this is not Mexican but many diverse rhymes share a once common ancestry so I thought I’d shoot it out there to you.

  2. Sandra Says:

    The only one that sounds similar isn’t about a little old man, but about an ant.

    Esta hormigita
    cortaba su leñita
    cayó un aquacero
    y se metió a su casita


    This little ant
    was chopping her wood
    the rain began to pour
    and she ran into her house (On this line you stop slowly walking your fingers up the child’s arm and scurry them to his or her neck and tickle them.)

    Hope this helps.

  3. Claudia Says:

    I also know a similar one about an ant…

    Había una hormigita
    Buscando comidita
    Se vino una llubesnita
    y corre, corre a su cobechita


    There was a little ant
    Looking for some food
    It started to rain and it
    ran, ran, ran inot its little cave.

    (While singing the song your finger walk slowly up the child’s arm and when it starts to rain your fingers scurry up the child’s armpit or neck and tickle….my mom always did the armpit.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    My grandmother used to say one similar to Sandra’s only it was about a little old lady:

    Una viejita
    juntando leñita
    llegó el aquacero
    y se metió a su casita


    A little old lady
    was gathering wood
    the rain came
    and she ran into her house.

  5. Martha Says:

    The version I know is:

    Había una viejita
    pelando su leñita
    lego la lluvisnita
    y corrio corrio a su casita

    My dad used to say it to me when I was a little girl and he would also use his fingers as legs and walk up my arm and tickle me @ the end. Hopes this help! :o)

  6. Nancy Solis Says:

    aqui van un vejito buscando llenita, se veno un aquacerdo and se metrio en la cuevita. (excuse my spelling, it has been quite a while since I have written anything in spanish)

  7. Lisa Says:

    Then it’s:

    Aquí va un vejito buscando leñita, se vino un aguacero y se metió en la cuevita.

    The “aquacerdo” is funny since un cerdo is a pig.

  8. Veronica Says:

    My grandma used to tell me the same little riddle. Such memories. I tell my kids the same riddle when I wake them up. Don’t know what I’m telling them but it brings back memories.

  9. Jeanette Sherlinee Says:

    Por aqui va un Viejito
    con su cargita de lena
    lo agarra un lluvisnita
    y corre y se mete en su cobashita cobashita cobashita

    There goes an old man
    with his load of wood
    when it rains on him
    he runs up and goes in his hut, hut, hut

  10. Mary Says:

    My mother would wake us up in the morning by walking her fingers up our arms sayin something like this (sounded like):
    “Pon, pon, pon (went?) el anciento (viejito?) con el baton”

    Supposed to be like “click click click went the old man with the cane” as he walks up your arm (hill?)yuu. My mom’s mother or grandmother shared it w her when she was a little girl.

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