Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lullaby: Los Elefantes

Canciónes de cuna, or nanas, are lullabies, and it's been a goal of mine to learn a few of them for mija. Brenda has focused on learning English ones, and I've been specializing on Spanish ones. However, Los Elefantes is one that we've both learned and frequently use for nuestra hija whenever she's fussy. Los Elefantes (audio link here) is a lullaby about an ever-increasing number of adventurous elephants. Here are the basic lyrics:

Un elefante se balanceaba sobre la tela de un araña
como veía que resistía fue a llamar a otro elefante.

Dos elefantes se balanceaban sobre la tela de un araña
como veían que resistía fueron a llamar a otro elefante.


One elephant was swinging on a spiderweb. When he saw that the rope held, he went to call another. Brenda and I disagree over whether the elephants were swinging or merely balancing; she says balancing, and I say swinging. But the general idea is the same. Those crazy elephants!

It keeps going like that as high as you want, although typically we'll try something else if she's still fussing by the time we get to ten. She's reached the point now where she'll often pay attention (at least for a little while) if she hears it while fussing, and sometimes, when combined with rocking her, it can calm her completely.

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