Spanish Children Songs - Ché Araña (English translation)

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Ché Araña

Al fondo del barril desvencijado,
que alumbra un rayo de sol,
la araña en sus hilos baila tango
con los acordes del bandoneón.
 
Don Gato imita el instrumento
estirando farolito de papel,
y su cola menea con sentimiento
llevando el ritmo del baile aquel.
 
(REF:)
¡Ché Araña!
baila con maña,
hay que contar
tres pasitos
arrastraditos
pa' delante y para atrás.
 
Entre las astillas carcomidas
que quedan del viejo tonel
se asoma petulante la clientela,
y de puntillas penetra en él.
 
Brillantes cucarachas aburridas.
Pulgones fatigados de picar.
mas otras sabandijas relamidas
que se reúnen a trasnochar.
 
(REF:)(2x)
¡Ché Araña!
baila con maña,
hay que contar
tres pasitos
arrastraditos
pa' delante y para atrás.
 
Submitted by SaintMark on Tue, 07/02/2017 - 21:58
Last edited by SaintMark on Thu, 16/03/2017 - 09:47
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English translation

Hey, spider

At the bottom of a ramshackled barrel
Illuminated by a ray of the sun
the spider in her web dances tango
to the chords of the bandoneon (1)
 
Esquire cat imitates the instrument (1a)
By stretching a paper lantern
And his tail wags with emotion
To the rythm of the following dance:
 
(REF)
Hey, spider !
dance skillfully
you have to count
three little steps
delayed steps (2)
to the front and to the back
 
Between the worm-eaten splinters
That remain of the old barrel
peek about the uppity clients
And tip-toeing they walk in
 
bright shining and bored cockroaches
Greenflies that got tired of biting(3)
And other sorts of overdressed bugs
that gather together to stay up late
 
(REF) (2x)
Hey, spider !
dance skillfully
you have to count
three little steps
delayed steps (2)
to the front and to the back
 
Submitted by SaintMark on Thu, 16/03/2017 - 14:11
Author's comments:

(1) the bandoneon, a small accordon popular in the spanish speaking world
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandoneon
(1a) Esquire, a petty royal title (shield carrier)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esquire
(2) steps that are being dragged, as in dancing tango
(3) greenflies or aphids, a form of insect

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