Does Anyone Know an English or Spanish Song Called “Now The Duck Is In The Stew Pot”?

Cathy wrote to me looking for help with a song:


I am looking for a song I learned as a child, years ago. It was called “Now The Duck Is In The Stew Pot”. I remember learning the English and Spanish version but cannot find it anywhere.

It goes something like this:

Now the duck is in the stew pot.
Come and look while it is red hot
All the neighbours hungry looking,
Come and watch while it is cooking…

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, do you have both the English and Spanish lyrics?

Thanks in advance,


I’m not familiar with this song. If anyone else can help, please comment below or email me.

Thanks in advance!


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3 Responses to “Does Anyone Know an English or Spanish Song Called “Now The Duck Is In The Stew Pot”?”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I learned that song too and it has rumbled in my head for over 40 years. I believe the words are:

    Now the duck is in the stew pot
    Come and look while it is red hot
    See him lift his head to quaver
    Put the onion in for flavor
    All the neighbors hungry looking
    They can smell that it is cooking
    They would like so much to eat it
    But they say no and leave it.

  2. Patty Says:

    Kathy’s lyrics are pretty close! The song is called “Jarabe,” which is a folksong of central Mexico. If you Google the lyrics, the words and music come up in a Google eBook (song #87) “Spanish-American Folk Songs by Eleanor Hague.

    I sang this song in a 1967 class play that my 4th grade class in Montclair, NJ did on the German folklore character, “Till Eulenspiegel.”

    : )

  3. Monique Says:

    Here is the page with the lyrics -and score- mentioned aboved.

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