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"La Cucaracha" Lyrics, Text Format

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  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Mexican Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: ti ti ti | ta ti ( 3 4 & | 1 2)
    | ta ti ti ti ti | ta ta/a | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta ta/a | ta/ |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Do/Mi, Mi\So, So/Ti, Ti/Re, Re/So
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, Latin rhythm
  • Key Words: Mexico, geography, cockroach, scampering, across, Latin rhythm

“La Cucaracha”

English version:

La Cucaracha,
La Cucaracha,
He’s a merry little bug.
La Cucaracha,
La Cucaracha,
Scampering across the floor.


La cucaracha,
La cucaracha,
Ya no puede caminar.
Porque no tiene,
Porque le falta,
Una pata para andar.


The cockroach,
The cockroach,
Can’t walk anymore.
Because he’s lacking,
Because he doesn’t have,
A foot with which to walk.

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