La Cucaracha, #519


Today, my Top 10 Tuesday music activity post (Click HERE to see it) utilizes the popular Mexican folk song “La Cucaracha.”  It’s one of the those songs that you grow up knowing, and it exudes Mexican culture.  As I was thinking about this song, I became curious about it.  I knew that “La Cucaracha” translates as “The Cockroach,” but not speaking Spanish, I love the story behind the rest of the song and how the music reflects the story.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about “La Cucaracha:”

“The song’s earliest lyrics, from which its name is derived, concern a cockroach that has lost one of its six legs and is struggling to walk with the remaining five. The cockroach’s uneven, five-legged gait is imitated by the song’s original 5/4 meter, formed by removing one upbeat (corresponding to the missing sixth leg) from the second half of a 6/4 measure:

La cu-ca- | ra-cha, la cu-ca-ra-cha
ya no pue-de ca-mi-nar
por-que no | tie-ne, por-que le fal-ta
u-na pa-ta de a-tras.”
I also find it interesting that though Wikipedia states that the song became popular in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution, it does not list a composer.  I am assuming that this means that a great deal of the history of this song has been lost, yet it is music that has reached generation after generation worldwide.
“La Cucaracha” is my song of the day and my Top 10 Tuesday music activity, because, simply, it is cool.  For the Top 10 Tuesday activity, I gave you all a preschool-friendly version of the song, but for my song of the day, click HERE to see Mexican mariachis perform it.  Both versions are great, but regardless, I hope you go around whistling this song today, because it’s impossible to be grumpy with it in your head.  Enjoy your day as you whistle this happy tune!

About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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