“Mama Paquita” a Brazilian Carnival Song

The Carnival in Brazil is held during the days before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent.

Here’s a Brazilian folk song about the Carnival called Mama Paquita. James sent this song in English…

Mama Paquita

Mama Paquita, Mama Paquita,
Mama Paquita, buy your baby a papaya
A ripe papaya and a banana,
A ripe papaya that your baby will enjoy, ma-ma-ma-ma,
Mama Paquita, Mama Paquita,
Mama Paquita says, “I haven’t any money
To buy papayas and ripe bananas,
Let’s go to Carnival and dance the night away!”

Mama Paquita, Mama Paquita,
Mama Paquita, buy your baby some pajamas,
A new pajamas, and a sombrero,
A new sombrero that your baby will enjoy, ma-ma-ma-ma,
Mama Paquita, Mama Paquita,
Mama Paquita says, “I haven’t any money
To buy pajamas, and a sombrero,
Let’s go to Carnival and dance the night away!”

Many thanks to James for sending Mama Paquita!

If anyone knows the original version of this song, any other versions of it, or if you can send a recording or a midi, please comment below.

Thanks!

Lisa

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Brazil Page for Brazilian Children’s Songs and Rhymes.

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24 Responses to ““Mama Paquita” a Brazilian Carnival Song”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Here’s another version of Mama Paquita

    Mama Paquita

    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Buy your baby a papaya
    A ripe papaya and a banana
    A ripe banana that your
    Baby will enjoy.

    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Says I haven’t any money
    To buy papayas and ripe bananas
    Let’s go to carnival
    And dance the night away.

    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Buy your baby some pajamas
    Some new pajamas
    A yellow blanket,
    A yellow blanket that your baby will enjoy.

    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Mama Paquita
    Says I haven’t any money
    To buy pajamas, a yellow blanket
    Let’s go to carnival and
    Dance the night away.

  2. Another Lisa Says:

    Is there music that accompanies Mama Paquita

  3. Margaret Says:

    http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/FineArt/Core_Curriculum/General/songbook/MamaPaquita.PDF

    here’s the sheet music

  4. Lisa Says:

    Thank you! That helped us figure out more about this song.

    Monique Palomares of Mama Lisa’s World en français created a midi for us to hear the tune:

    Midi Tune of Mama Paquita

    Once Monique heard the tune, she recognized it as a Spanish song her mother used to sing to her with the line “Mamá yo quiero”.

    Monique wrote, “I found it here:

    http://www.tatianamusic.com/Lyrics/Matecana.txt

    It seems that the original version in Portuguese is this one:

    http://br.geocities.com/bommotivobar/Musicas/Mamaeeuquero.htm or

    http://cifraantiga.v10.com.br/Letras_19/mamae_eu_quero.htm

    So it looks like Mama Paquita might come from the Brazilian song called “Mamãe Eu Quero” (Mother I Want).

  5. Gary Harding Says:

    “Mama Paquita” is totally bogus!! It’s found in common music classroom books [Silver-Burdett???] but is only half the song and is poorly translated into Castillian.

    Mamae Eu Quero – “I want my Mommy” is the stereotypical Carnival Song in Brasil and “Mama paquita” should be trashed as one of multiculturalism’s biggest music misses.

    The posting above which cites: http://cifraantiga.v10.com.br/Letras_19/mamae_eu_quero.htm is spot on target.

    Mamae eu quero – Mamae eu quero
    Mamae eu quero mamar
    Da a chupeta – da a chupeta
    da a chupeta pro bebe nao chorar

    Dorme filhinho do meu coracao
    Pega a mamadeira
    a vem entrar no meu cordao
    Eu tenho uma irma
    que se chama Ana
    de tanto piscar o olho
    ja ficou sem a pestana

  6. Lisa Says:

    Mamãe Eu Quero translates as Mama or Mommy I Want (it goes on to say Mama I want to be fed).

    Carmen Miranda sang this song. You can download it and hear most of it sung on her official web site at…

    Carmen Miranda’s Mamãe Eu Quero

    I wonder if Mama Paquita was inspired by Carmen Miranda singing Mamãe Eu Quero – they both have the same tune – Mama Paquita dancing with the bananas and papayas, makes me think of Carmen Miranda with the fruit on her head!

    -Mama Lisa

  7. Gary Harding Says:

    The problem is this: the song was written in Brazil in 1936 by a Brazilian named Jararaca. It was written in Portuguese [Falando Brasileiro]. Its so called English and Spanish lyrics have nothing to do with the original carnival song that all Brazilians know by heart. “Mama Paquita” is a rip-off of “Mamãe Eu Quero” and is pure laziness. It is only found in monolingual America.

    There are 1000s of authentic children’s songs from Brazil – why use a bogus song which has been cut in half and “translated?” into two other languages instead of using real children’s music from Brazil and IN PORTUGUESE??

    By the way, the midi melody supplied at this site has several note errors…….AND it is only HALF of the song. The song’s first verse, which starts, “Dorme filhinho do meu coracao” is not even included, nor have I ever seen the whole song in an American song book – especially those used in schools. “Mama Paquita” is simply the refrain of a longer song with several verses called “Mamãe Eu Quero”. “Mama Paquita” is a fake!

    Carmen Miranda did sing the song, even though she was actually born in Portugal, immigrated to Brazil and lived half of her life in the USA. The fact is, everyone knows this song in Brazil. “Mamãe Eu Quero” was written in 1936 and Carmen Miranda came to the USA in 1939. She made a career singing the popular songs of Brazil, but she never sang “Mama Paquita” – she sang “Mamãe Eu Quero” in Portuguese NOT English or Spanish.

    Please, translate the lyrics below and you’ll see they have nothing to do with fruit and Carmen Miranda’s hat. It’s about baby bottles, pacifiers, has a piece of a lullaby and mentions a little sister named Ana who blinks her eyes so much that her eye lashes fall out ………… no fruit!

    “Mamãe Eu Quero”

    Mamae eu quero – Mamae eu quero
    Mamae eu quero mamar
    Da a chupeta – da a chupeta
    da a chupeta pro bebe nao chorar

    Dorme filhinho do meu coracao
    Pega a mamadeira
    a vem entrar no meu cordao
    Eu tenho uma irma
    que se chama Ana
    de tanto piscar o olho
    ja ficou sem a pestana

    Please, read it for yourself: [this site is from Brazil]

    http://cifraantiga.v10.com.br/Letras_19/mamae_eu_quero.htm

  8. Lisa Says:

    We do have some children’s songs from Brazil. You can click the link to see the page.

    If anyone would like to send in an authentic Brazilian Carnival song for children, I’d love to post one! I’m also always happy to add more Brazilian songs to our Brazilian pages. If anyone would ever like to sing one of the songs, or play one on an instrument, I can post an mp3 too.

    -Mama Lisa

  9. Kate Says:

    Hi I wondered if you have the music on MP3 so that I can download it and save to my PC as i am hoping to do this song with some children.

  10. rebecca Says:

    Gar, why are you so uptight about this song? The kids love it, so why not just enjoy it?

  11. adam Says:

    i love it its good and smooth

  12. Katie Says:

    Gary needs to take a chill pill.

  13. omg Says:

    OMG, Gary is right hehe, stop trying to change Brazilians songs to a garbage thing-.-

  14. Lisa Says:

    You can hear a clip of this song at:

    http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/window/media/page/0,,3352604-7206732,00.html

    #15

  15. Jen Says:

    I’m almost 30 years old and I remember that I used to sing this crazy song when I was about SEVEN in elementary school in Missouri! I remembered sitting in the backseat of the car singing the “Ma-ma-ma-ma” part over and over again and the junk about the bananas and papayas until my mom would yell at me to knock it off!!!! HA!!

  16. Whitney Says:

    Where can I find Sheet music to learn Mamãe Eu Quero, not Mama Paquita. My sister and I wish to play it in the styl of Chico and Harpo for a family skit. Thoughts? I have looked all over the place and can only find the very basic notes for Mama Paquita.

  17. Lisa Says:

    Try the link below Whitney…

    http://www.zilahi.com.br/mama.pdf

  18. vania Says:

    É verdade@ Gary, a música Mamãe eu Quero, é a verdadeira.
    Your post is wrong Lisa.

  19. Lisa Says:

    @Vania – I think it’s clear there are two different songs being talked about here. This has been laid out in the comments. But even if the English song was not from real Brazilian lyrics, some people grew up singing it. It’s still a part of their childhood that they’d like to recapture. There’s no arguing about that.

  20. What??? Says:

    Why are you all so uptight? It is just a stupid song. GET OVER IT!!! So what if you don’t like it? Don’t listen to it then. DUH!!!

  21. Becky Says:

    I totally sang this apparently bastardized version of the song when I was little, and I LOVED it. I think we sang it as “Mama Makita”. Obviously not authentic by any means but we sang it and had a great time and it brings back wonderful memories, so where’s the harm?
    :-)
    Sing and be happy, eh?

  22. Shay Says:

    Goodness me! Not too sure why this little song is causing the stir it is, but if Gary and others logic plays through, then I guess we had all better stop singing, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” because clearly, those are not the words to the little diddy that Mozart wrote… and he never intended it to be the “Alphabet Song” either. Come on already people, “Mama Paquita” is cute and funny and the kids love it, so is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Lyrics have been written and rewritten for catchy little tunes for like forever, so enjoy them… and buy your baby a papaya.

  23. catherine nina Says:

    mama pasita
    mama pasita has no money for papaya
    no ripe papayas
    so go to carnival to laugh and dance and sing
    ohhh ma ma ma ma pasita

  24. Doug Says:

    MUSIC FOR IT HERE! Mama Lisa… HA! Wow! YES, sang this in public elementary school in the 70’s (from the public school system music book, with the original lyrics that you posted). Thank you for posting this! I can now prove to my wife that this is indeed a song, LOL! Great fun memory as a kid. Music here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1at4kQ7hgt4

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