Music in Columbia

Madi Hall and Deianna Madlambayan

Pop Song

"Gypsy" by Shakira


Broke my heart on the road
Spent the weekend sewing the pieces back on crayons and dolls pass me by
Walking gets too boring when you learn how to fly

Not the homecoming kind
Take the top off, and who knows what you might find
Won't confess all my sins
You can bet I'll try it, but you can't always win

'Cause I'm a gypsy, are you coming with me?
I might steal your clothes and wear them if they fit me
Never made agreements just like a gypsy
And I won't back down 'cause life's already bit me
And I won't cry, I'm too young to die if you're gonna quit me
'Cause I'm a gypsy, 'cause I am gypsy

I can't hide what I've done
Scars remind me of just how far that I've come
To whom it may concern
Only run with scissors when you want to get hurt

'Cause I'm a gypsy, are you coming with me?
I might steal your clothes and wear them if they fit me
I don't make agreements just like a gypsy
And I won't back down 'cause life's already bit me
I won't cry, I'm too young to die if you're gonna quit me
'Cause I'm a gypsy

And I say, hey you, you're no fool
If you say no, ain't it just the way life goes
People fear what they don't know
Come along for the ride, oh, yeah
Come along for the ride, ooh

'Cause I'm a gypsy, are you coming with me?
I might steal your clothes and wear them if they fit me
Never made agreements just like a gypsy
And I won't back down 'cause life's already bit me
And I won't cry, I'm too young to die if you're gonna quit me
'Cause I'm a gypsy


Though written by Columbian artist, Shakira, after the spanish version titled "Gitana", became widely popular in both Columbia and Spain, it was soon redone in english to become a hit in the United States, reaching sixty-five on the hot one hundred billboard. From there, it also reached Belgium, Austria, and France where it was even more popular.


The orgins of the song come from Shakira's life on the move in and around Barraquilla. Growing up, she explains how the song represented her lifestyle as well as how she sees things.

Gypsy - Shakira - Lyrics!

Folk Song

"Los Pollitos Dicen"

Los Pollitos dicen: Pío, pío, pío (The little chicks say: cheep, cheep, cheep)
Cuando tienen hambre (When they are hungry)
Cuando tienen frío (When they are cold)
La gallina busca (The hen forages for)
El maíz y el trigo (corn and wheat)
Les da la comida (She gives them food)
Y les presta abrigo (And she lends them a coat)
Bajo sus dos alas (Under her two wings)
Acurrucaditos (Snuggled nice and tight)
Duermen los pollitos (The little chicks sleep)
Hasta el otro día (Until the next day)

Cuando se levantan (When they wake up)
Dicen, “Mamacita,” (They say, “Mommy,”)
Tenemos mucha hambre (We are very hungry)
Da nos lombricitas (Give us some worms).
Pío

This Columbian folk song is a traditional kids song, similar to a nursery rhyme. This song is to Columbia as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is to America. This is a song that is taught when first exposing children to music and singing. The lyrics tell a short, playful story that kids can comprehend, like what "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or another nursery rhyme does for children in America.


Although the exact origin of this song is unclear because the song is so deeply rooted in Hispanic culture, this song that has diffused all throughout Latin America, including Columbia. This song has spread because it is a useful tool for early childhood development, and helps children learn in a fun, creative way. This song, among many other Spanish folk songs, are passed down orally from generation to generation, diffuses contagiously through Spanish speaking countries as those who sing this song and teach them to their children migrate and travel internationally.


It is common for this to be the first song for a child to learn, and everyone in Columbia, young and old, is familiar with it. Los Pollitos is a popular song among children because it utilizes a story to teach about feelings and emotions, and animals.

Los pollitos dicen