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Se murió Lola
(Costa Rican Kids Song)

This is a tricky rhyme because it's based on the ending of words being the beginning of others, it's the same kind of untranslatable rhyme as "Hello-operator (Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat)" but much more complicated. Even literally it's nonsense in any language other than Spanish -since in Spanish it's already nonsense!

Se murió Lola
Lola Died
Canción infantil
Children's Song

Se murió Lola
de Lola lo lamento
de mento mento sal
de sal salamandra
de a aguarrás
de ra rabo de mono
se murió Lola
y Lola lo lamenta.

Lola died,
From Lola, I regret it
From regret I mention salt,
From salt salamander,
From "er" turpentine,
From tine monkey tail,
Lola died,
And Lola regrets it.
Here is another version that you can hear in the 2nd mp3:

Se murió Lola, de Lola lo lamento, de mento mentosal, de sal salamar, de mar maletin, de tin tiburón, de ron ron con cu, de cu cubo de agua, de agua aguarráz, de raz rabo de mono, de mono monopolio, de polio policia y de cia se acabo.


Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Jadwitza Alejandra Campos Brenes for contributing this song and to Monique Palomares for translating it.

¡Muchas gracias!

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