Lyrics Of Filipino Folk Song “Sitsiritsit”
SITSIRITSIT LYRICS – There are several folk songs the majority of the Filipino people know and love.
In this article, we are going to talk about the Filipino folk song, “Sitsiritsit”. This is a song filled with humor that describes the adventures of a flirtatious woman.
It entails how the woman threatened a storeowner that ants would get him if he doesn’t extend her credit. Additionally, it also talks about the unusual situation of trading a child for a doll.
Here are the lyrics to the song:
Ang babae sa lansangan
Kung gumiri’y parang tandang.
Mama, mama namamangka
Pasakayin yaring bata
Pagdating sa Maynila
Ipagpalit sa manika
Ale, aleng namamayong,
Pasukubin yaring sanggol
Pagdating sa Malabon,
Ipagpalit sa bagoong.
Here is the English translation:
Jeweled beetle, beetle
A woman on the street,
Sways her hips like a rooster.
Child Jesus of Pandacan,
Dry pastry on the store.
If you are not giving credits,
The ants will eat all your goodies.
Mister, Mister, rowing a boat,
Please take this child for a ride.
Once you reach Manila,
Trade the child for a doll.
Miss, Miss, holding an umbrella,
Please take this baby.
Once you reach Malabon,
Trade the baby for shrimp paste
The song is sung in the melody of “Fly fly fly the butterfly”. It is believed to have originated during the country’s Spanish colonization, as its lyrics suggest the ordinary life during that time.
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