Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Children's Song -- Arriba Juan

When my oldest son was 3 years old, we took him to Colombia to visit his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was stunned to see soldiers and guards with machine guns everywhere. We even were stopped at a check point guarded by a large menacing tank. He got such a kick out of the whole thing that everytime he saw a soldier, he would yell, "Hola Soldado" from the window. The shocked soldiers would smile, laugh at him, and wave.

So, this song is for anyone with a son, who like mine, loves soldiers. You are in a unique position to totally appreciate it. (Might I also point out that you can change the name Juan to any munchkin's name.)


Arriba Juan, arriba Juan
Get up John, get up John

ya cantó el gallito.
the little rooster has already crowed

Ay no mamá, ay no mamá,
Oh no, mom, oh no, mom,

es muy tempranito.
it is really early.


Arriba Juan, arriba Juan,
Get up John, get up John

hay que ir a la escuela.
you have to go to school.

Ay no mamá, ay no mamá,
Oh no, mom, oh no, mom,

me duele la muela.
my tooth hurts.


Arriba Juan, arriba Juan,
Get up John, get up John,

pasan los soldados.
the soldiers are going by.

Ay sí mamá, ay sí mamá,
Oh yes mom, oh yes mom,

ya estoy levantado.

I'm already up.


You can hear the song here:
http://www.lablaa.org/blaavirtual/ninos/encoche/canciones/arriba-juan.mp3

Clip Art:
http://www.school-clip-art.com/military_clipart.shtml

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