Can Someone Help with the Song, “Down in Mexico It’s Sunny”?

Ray asked:


I learned this song in the 5th grade (in my 60’s now) and wanting to find the lyrics… Here is what I remember of the song…

Down in Mexico it’s sunny
Days are warm and sweet as honey
Children in the lazy weather
Laugh and sing and play together.

Mothers… don’t remember…
Weaving long and weaving well…

All I recall…

Just hoping you might have some info… would love lyrics and chords (guitar)… if possible…


Ray C

If anyone can help with this song, please let us know in the comments below.


Mama Lisa

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49 Responses to “Can Someone Help with the Song, “Down in Mexico It’s Sunny”?”

  1. Francisco verduzco Says:

    I too remember this song as a 2nd grader. I am almost 59 years of age now..i remember it fondly ..sometimes i would be permitted to sit next to my teacher as she played it on the piano..tears would well up and fall thinking of my Mexican father who i had never met..that is until i was 14. i too play the guitar and would welcome the same answers to the questions that you have posed. Thanks, Francisco Verduzco

  2. Lisa Says:

    Linda sent me this email:

    I think the song goes something like this…

    Down in Mexico
    Where the peppers grow
    There’s a song they know
    They will dance and sing
    Till the rafters ring
    To the song they call
    yda yda yda

    Not sure about the spelling of chapinaquos (chapinacus???)
    That’s all I can remember and I don’t know how right it is but I tried.

    Thanks Linda!

  3. Lane Hillendahl Says:

    Here’s as far as I remember:
    Down in Mexico it’s sunny
    Days are warm and sweet as honey
    Children in the lazy weather, run and laugh and play together.

    Busy women nod and chatter weaving long and weaving well.
    Home again when day is over.. and that’s all I can remember.. sorry but please if any else remembers..let me know!

  4. Joe Says:

    It is from “Sing Out,”the 5th grade music book of a series by Peter Dykema. I remember it too.

  5. Stan Stokes Says:

    In the fields the men are planting
    Cotton, corn and sugar cane.
    Cowboys from the haciendas
    Gallop to a gay refrain.

    Repeat chorus.

  6. Stan Stokes Says:

    I learned this in the fourth grade back in Gilmer Texas in the early 50s. I taught it to my daughters and they delighted in making funny variations. Like “Days are warm and sweet as mustard”. We have had a lot of fun with it ove the years.

    The same book that I learned this song from from had Erie Canal and other songs that I have remembered over the years. The book had a red cover.

    Thanks for the memories.

  7. Stan Stokes Says:

    After seeing above that our music book was by Peter Dykema I was able to buy an old music book by Peter Dykema on Ebay. It was an older book, but maybe it’s in there. If so I will give a good update on “Down in Mexico”

    This is fun, I didn’t know that there were other folks who care about old things.

    My kids say I live in the past, so be it. I do what I enjoy.

  8. Gerri Says:

    Chiapenicas – the Mexican Clapping Song

    Down in Mexico
    Where the peppers grow
    There’s a tune they know
    They will dance and sing
    Till the rafters ring
    Clap their hands til they sting
    Chiapenicas, and then
    with a merry sound
    swing their partners round
    while the busy world hurries by.
    Swaying to and fro
    Down in Mexico
    with a smile in each dark eye.

  9. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for that! I love the internet that we can all share our songs with each other!

  10. Frances Vaughn Says:

    I have had this song on my mind now for the last 5 years since I’ve retired and am living in Mexico. I would love to have the lyrics to sing the complete song as I keep singing the first part over & over and have been driving myself crazy trying to remember more of it.

    I grew up in Texas and am 72 years old and sang this song in elementary school. I appreciate all the answers so far and welcome finding all the lyrics. I was beginning to think I must have dreamed up the song as no one has been able to help me down here.

  11. Victoria Brown Says:

    In Mexico recently for only the second time in my 69 years, I recalled some of this song that I learned in grade school in San Francisco.
    Looks like we’ve got all but one line now—what is that???

    “Down in Mexico it’s sunny
    Days are warm and sweet as honey
    Children in the lazy weather, run and laugh and play together.

    “Busy women nod and chatter, weaving long and weaving well.
    Home again when day is over

    Repeat refrain

    “In the fields the men are planting
    Cotton, corn and sugar cane.
    Cowboys from the haciendas
    Gallop to a gay refrain.”

    Repeat refrain

  12. NOEL UNSON Says:



  13. anita wilkerson Says:

    I got on the internet to find the lyrics to this song I have been singing the first stanza for close to 60 year. I think I was in first grade. I was at Edison Elementary school in San Francisco.

    Down in Mexico its sunny
    days are warm and sweet as honey
    children in the lazy weather love to run and play together.

    I guess the fact that so many of us loved is speaks to its classic nature – a great song that is filled with love of country.

    I remember Erie Canal too.

  14. maratzloff Says:

    I loved this song as a child. My mother still has the lyrics so here they are as I learned and knew them.

    Cho. Down in Mexico it’s sunny, Days are warm and sweet as honey,
    Children in the lazy weather Run and laugh and play together.

    #1 Busy women nod and chatter, weaving long and weaving well.
    Scarf and basket, colored blanket, Rainbow rug to show and sell.

    to Cho.

    #2 From the mines the dusty miners Climb the ladders with their
    packs, Bringing up the hidden treasure, silver, ore, upon their

    to Cho.

    #3 Village boys at early morning Drive their cattle out to graze;
    Drive them back when day is over Homeward thro’ the yellow

    to Cho.

    #4 In the fields the men are planting Cotton, corn and sugar cane;
    Cowboys from the haciendas Gallop to a gay refrain.

    to Cho.


  15. Bob Becker Says:

    I remember that song’s 1st. verse very well. I learned that around 1950, in the 3rd. grade at Longmead School in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Thanks to all of you for posting the entire song. It sure does bring back very fond memories of a better time.

  16. JUDY Says:


  17. Connie Says:

    Most of the verses from maratzloff are correct, but I believe this verse goes:

    Busy women nod and chatter
    Weaving long and weaving well
    Gay serapes and colored blankets
    Rainbow rugs to show and sell

    I learned this in 1951 when I was student teaching at the Driscoll School in Brookline, MA. The third grade teacher, Miss Garfield, was doing a culminating unit on Mexico and the children learned this song and the Mexican Hat Dance as well. I didn’t remember all the verses but this one I do remember. maratzloff has the right lyrics for most of the verses. It brings back happy memories for me too. The children put on a play, decorated the room, danced and sang. it was great. I played the piano. By the way, do any of you know “The Two Grenadiers?” I learned it in the 40’s when I was a child.

  18. rolando Says:

    i too remember this song. i learned this during the my elementary days in the 70’s. in the Philippines. but i can only sing the first phrase

  19. Denise Says:

    I learned the version that Gerri listed above with the chorus,
    ” Aye Chiapinacus aye aye (clap clap)
    Aye Chiapinacus aye aye (clap clap)
    Aye Chiapinacus aye aye (clap clap)
    Aye Chiapinacus aye aye (clap clap)

    Sing sing sing chiapinacus
    dance dance dance chiapinacus
    dah dah dah chiapinacus
    and dah dah dah dah dah and clap (clap clap)

    Okay, so I do not recall all of the chorus and replaced with “dah”

  20. Liz Ramirez Says:

    I’m 66 and this song has been in my head for years. I hear the marimba players in Mexico playing it but none know the words when I ask. How delightful to find it here. Of all the songs I learned in grammar school, this one was the most fun to sing and clap and is the only one that stayed with me (minus many of the words). Glad to hear I’m one of many who remember it and loved it.

  21. Denise Says:

    Well, I am a ‘girl’ from ‘downunder’ and nearly 60 too. I too remember this song from my schooldays and remembered it. Googled the title for the lyrics and found all your comments. Such wonderful days.

  22. Jimmy Says:

    I remember it from second , third, or fourth grade.
    Been singing it for many years

  23. Lisa Says:

    That’s neat Jimmy… if you’d ever like to sing it for us, we’d love to add a recording!

  24. Rita Says:

    Finally!!!!! I’ve asked all my friends, they think I’m loosing it. WAIT just wait ’til I tell them. I was in the 7th grade, Mrs. Pacifico she was wonderful and she taught us this song. I’ve been singing it 1969

  25. Mary Says:

    This is too funny. I too learned this song in 7th grade. I always loved this tune, i guess its a memory of youth..down in mexico, where the peppers grow….

  26. James D. Says:

    I think we sang this song about 65 years ago in second or third grade in Lindbergh Elementary School in Dearborn, Michigan, but the only line I think I remember from the version we sang went like this:

    Gone now, worry and sorrow,
    Gladly we dance till tomorrow

    Come, come, come dance through the night
    the chiapenacus, aye, aye,

    clap, clap!

  27. Cathy Says:

    This song has been living rent-free in my head for many years. Learned it in the mid-60’s. We sang it in school and I played it on the piano too. I had forgotten the words and just had a vague recollection of the first line so I googled it and found THIS jackpot of lyrics. We have been watching a lot of baseball recently and they often play a clip of it during the games to fire up the crowd. Nobody seemed to be able to help me remember…until today! THANKS!

  28. Andrew Says:

    So I was born in ’81 and my family would play this on a record throughout my childhood. I moved to California later in life and thought my many friends of hispanic and Mexican descent would know of it. Oh to be young and naive. Anyway, what a memorable song. If anyone has a digital audio track, I’d like to use it in my wedding. please email me. andrew at k s u dot edu

  29. Curtis Says:

    This is a local version (Edinburg Tx circa 1955)
    Down in Mexico it sunny
    Days are warm and sweet as honey
    Children in the lazy weather
    run and laugh and play together
    without no shoeses on

  30. Jim Pamplin Says:

    Thank you, Maratloff!

    I learned this song at Katella ELementary School across the street from Disneyland in the mid 1950’s. Its charming tune has haunted me all my adult life, taunting me with tiny scraps of long forgotten lyrics. Finally, tonight I remembered, “Days are warm and sweet as honey,” and it was just enough to do a Google search. What a joy to find the lyrics again after all these years!

  31. Jill Says:

    Thanks guys, reading through your comments, I kept thinking, surely someone will get the whole thing yet. And sure enough – someone came through. My third grader is studying about Mexico and I started singing this lazy song this morning. I think the kids thought I was making it up. Now we can learn it.

  32. Appookta Says:

    This song came to mind yesterday, out of the blue. I Googled it today out of curiosity and was delighted to find this page. I taught this song in 1965-66. In the second part of the chorus, where Denise, on Aug. 20, 2011, has “sing sing sing chiapinacus”, and “dance dance dance chiapinacus” I remember singing “Aye, aye, aye Chiapinacus” (or however it’s spelled) through the first three lines, and the last being “Aye Chiapenicas aye, aye (clap clap)”.

  33. Charlene Light Says:

    I am still teaching, part time, at age 71. I learned that song when I was in 6th grade in Oakland, California when we were studying Mexico
    . The first phrase has been in my head for years. I am going to have my K/1 students sing it at our Cinco de Mayo program along with doing La Raspa, which I also learned in school. Thanks so much. I do remember the whole tune. Lucky us for the internet. This way we can remember anything.

  34. Nancy La Honda Says:

    There are two different songs being quoted in these comments. “Down In Mexico It’s Sunny” and “Chiapenacus,” or “Sing Chiapenacus,” I’m not sure which. Seems like they’re both 3/4 time, but “Chiapenacus” is faster.

  35. Dan McDonald Says:

    Here is the tune to Chiapenacus…I remember it well.

  36. Joanne Says:

    Down in Mexico where the peppers grow There’s a tune they call Chiapenecas They will dance and sing til the rafters ring Clap their hands til they sting Chiapenecas And then with a happy sound swing their partners round while the busy world hurries by swaying to and fro down in Mexico with a smile in each dark eye Aye aye Aye Chiapenecas Aye Aye Clap Clap (4 times) Sing sing sing Chiapenecas Dance dance dance Chiapenecas Clap clap clap your hands and you’ll see how much fun it will be singing aye aye aye Chiapencas aye aye aye Chiapenecas Now your partner you’ll swing as you sing Chiapenecas and clap Clap clap!!

  37. Dick Says:

    I know this post is old as ef but this is it….

  38. Anthony Says:

    I also remember that song and I too was in the 5th grade
    I was thinking about it when I passed by my old elementary school ( I too am pushing 70)
    It is such a nice wholesome song for kids.

  39. Eugene Edens Says:

    I found the version I grew up with here. I have this song on the original 45 and have loved it since I was a kid.

  40. Marife Orbeta Says:

    I’m always singing this song :-) though i only knew the first stanza and it’s melody. taught to us during our grade school here in the Philippines. I always feel a sense of happiness and filled with memories singing this..Ms. Olap, our music teacher, has the softest voice i’ve ever heard.. so im singing it now and then i said to myself..why don’t i google its lyrics hehehe! have a happy day guys

  41. Susan Taylor Says:

    I learned this song at Armstrong Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Probably 4th, 5th or 6th grade.
    At 74 I still find myself singing it. Over the past decades I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Mexico
    several times and regret never moving there. It is such a beautiful place with some of the sweetest
    people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

  42. Mercy dueñas Says:

    The song is about the state of CHIAPAS in the south of Mexico.
    It says ” ay chiapaneca ay ay”
    That what they call women from Chiapas.
    I will see if I can find the Mexican song that has the tune.

  43. galootsmith Says:

    I learned the Chiapenacas song in the 60s. This is what I remember.

    Down in Mexico
    Where the peppers grow
    There’s a tune they call chiapenacas
    They all dance and sing
    Till the rafters ring
    To this tune they call chiapenacas

    Sing, sing, sing chiapenacas
    Dance, dance, dance chiapenacas
    Sing, sing, sing with your partner
    And swing in a ring as we dance and we sing
    Aye, aye, aye chiapenacas
    Dance, dance, dance chiapenacas
    Sing, sing, sing chiapenacas
    Swing in a ring as we sing.

    There was more that I can’t remember. The Sunny Mexico song is not familiar to me at all. But that’s a different song, isn’t it? Also I’m sure I must be misspelling chiapenacas.


  44. Joan Elliott Says:

    I’ve had this song in my head and sung it once in a while ever since 3rd grade at Valley Springs Elementary School in Skyland, NC! We even had a Mexican hat dance we did when we sang it. I can’t believe so many of us still remember at least the first verse!! Thanks for sharing a wonderful memory!!

  45. Caesar Augusta Says:

    Yes, I still remember the first four lines of this song. Learned it from Itaas Elementary School in Muntinlupa City in the Philippines in the mid-70s. Been searching for it in YouTube and other sites.

  46. mariqwynn Says:

    omg… I finally found the lyrics of this song.. I’m from the Philippines. I was in my last year in college back in 2001 when our music professor taught us this song. I love the melody so I memorized the lyrics, but I forgot the last part. So it’s “rainbow rug to show and sell…” 😊

  47. Martha R. Birnbaum Says:

    The sentencing of El Chapo brought this song straight into my brain. I am pretty sure that we did this as part of a folk dance unit in gym class in 5th or 6th grade at Brighton School in Rochester NY. Ay Chiapanecas ay ay (*clap clap) (repeat 3 more times) or Oh Chiapanecas like this (*clap clap)
    Gone now worry and sorrow
    Gladly dance til tomorrow
    Come come join the dance
    Once again Chiapanecas like this (*clap clap)
    The dance was quite simple, like the “mexican hat dance.” There was some arm-in-arm twirling. I remember it being pretty embarrassing since we had to dance with the boys!

  48. meenakshi chatterjee Says:

    I am from Calcutta and at present 62 years old and still teaching Mathematics at an undergraduate college.
    I learnt this song in school ( Calcutta Girls’ High School, an American Missionary school) during 1967 – early 70’s.
    We were lucky to have an exceptionally good piano teacher and wonderful singing classes with her, where we used to sing from books called world music horizon . This was a series of books. I’d love to know if these books are still available in the market. And yes lovely to know that so many of you still remember the song.

  49. Scott kelly Says:

    I learned this wonderful song “Down in Mexico…where the peppers grow” in 5th grade in 1960s and have played it on the piano for years. I couldn’t remember all the words with the chorus and stumbled on them here! I love this old tune …thanks!

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