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Exercises Level 3: Children's songs

  Mambrú - Children's songs




  Comments about this song
Mambrú is one of the most famous children's songs in Spain. It has a historical background. The Mambrú of this song is actually the Spanish version of the (very difficult to pronounce) name Marlborough. The Earl of Marlborough (1650 - 1722). He played a role in the battle of Malplaquet, where a coalition of England, Austria and Holland declined the French claim of the throne. The song has French origins and was sung by French soldiers to mock archenemy England. The song was forgotten until the nurse of Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, sang this song to their son. This made it popular in Versaille. Through the influence of the Bourbons the song came to Spain. The melody of the song belongs to a much older song, the Convoi du de Guise from the second half of the 16th century. There are many versions of this song that are only different in the way of mocking Mambrú. This one here is quite harmless and most compatible for children. The meaning of the song is that the national hero of England died in the war and will not come back.

Spanish  Text English Text
 
Mambrú
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Mambrú
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Mambrú se fue a la guerra,
qué dolor, qué dolor, que pena.
Mambrú se fue a la guerra,
no sé cuándo vendrá.
Do-re-mi,
do-re-fa.
No sé cuándo vendrá.

Si vendrá por la Pascua,
mire usted, mire usted, qué guasa.
Si vendrá por la Pascua o
por la Trinidad.
Do-re-mi,
do-re-fa.
O por la Trinidad.

La Trinidad se acaba,
mire usted, mire usted, qué rabia
La Trinidad se acaba
Mambrú no viene ya,
Do-re-mi,
do-re-fa.
Mambrú viene ya.

Mambrú went to war
what pain, what pain, what a pity.
Mambrú went to war
does not know when he comes back.
Do-re-mi,
do-re-fa.
Does not know when he comes back.

Whether he comes for Easter
have a look, have a look, what a gag.
Whether he comes for Easter
or on Trinity
Do-re-mi
do-re-fa.
or on Trinity.

Trinity ends
have a look, have a look, what anger
Trinity ends
Mambrú does not come
Do-re-mi
do-re-fa
Mambrú comes now.


vocabulary  
  la guerra = war
  el dolor = pain
  la pena = pain
  la Pascua = Easter
  la Trinidad = trinity
  acabarse = to end
  mirar = to look
  usted = formal form of you.
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