De Colores  

"De colores" came to the Americas from central Spain in the sixteenth century and is now sung all over the Spanish-speaking world on special occasions and celebrations. It is also the anthem of the United Farmworkers of America, a union founded by Cesar Chavez, most of whose members are Spanish-speaking. People hold hands and sway while singing this beautiful song. It may be found in De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children by Jose-Luis Orozco.

De Colores

De colores,

Painted in colors,

de colores se visten los campos

the fields are dressed in colors

en la primavera.

in the spring.

De colores,

Painted in colors,

de colores son los pajaritos

painted in colors are the little birds

que vienen de afuera.

which come from the outside.

De colores,

Painted with colors,

de colores es el arcoiris que

painted with colors is the rainbow that

vemos lucir.

we see shining brilliantly above.



Y por eso los grandes amores

And that is why great loves

de muchos colores

of many colors

me gustan a mi.

are what I like.

Canta el gallo

The rooster sings

canta el gallo con el kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri.

the rooster sings with a kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri.

La gallina.

The hen

la gallina con el cara, cara, cara, cara,

The hen sings with a cara, cara, cara, cara,

Los pollitos,

The little chicks

los pollitos con el pio, pio, pio, pio, pi.

The little chicks with a pio, pio, pio, pio, pi.



Vocals by Tiffany Eng, Michele Lamb, Christine McNew, and Grete Pasch; Michele Turner on mandolin, Allen Mullen on guitar.

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