Tag Archives: children’s rhymes


Sana Sana Colita de Rana

Main Piece:  “Sana sana colita de rana Si no sana hoy Sana mañana” Transliteration: “Heal, heal, tiny frog tail If it doesn’t heal today It will heal tomorrow” Translation: “Heal, heal, tiny frog tail If it doesn’t heal today It will heal tomorrow” Background:  My informant is one of my friends who lives in Miami,… Continue Reading »

Dirty Rotten Devil

Background: My informant for this piece is my grandmother, who learned this song from her father and passed it on to her children and grandchildren. She grew up up in North Central Wisconsin and suspects that it came from one of the men’s groups, likely a fraternity, that her father was a part of there…. Continue Reading »

There Was a Little Girl

Background: My informant in this case is my grandmother, who learned this rhyme from her mother and believes it was learned from her mother before. From what I know, that side of my family hails from Ireland which is likely where the rhyme originated. Context: This piece was usually used as a nursery rhyme and… Continue Reading »

Chic-ory Chic

Background: My informant, who is my grandmother, learned this nonsense rhyme from her mother, who used it as a lullaby when she was a young girl. She has since passed it on to her children and grandchildren, remembering it as a source of nostalgia and for the satisfaction of its recitation. I also remember that… Continue Reading »

Nursery Rhymes: You Smell Like A Zoo

Context Living with my younger brother that is seven years old, there are many nursery rhymes sung in the house. When he entered Primary school, for the first time he was learning nursery rhymes from other people besides teachers or family members, he was learning them from his peers. The following nursery rhyme is his… Continue Reading »