Sparrow's Song


チイチイパッパチイパッパ雀の学校の先生はむちを振り振りチイパッパ

雀の学校
The Sparrow's School
by Shimizu Katsura (清水かつら)


チイチイパッパ チイパッパ 
chii chii pappa chii pappa
Chii chii pappa chiipappa

雀の学校の先生は
suzume no gakkou no sensei wa
The teacher of the sparrow's school

むちをふりふり チイパッパ
muchi o furi furi chii pappa
swings about a whip

生徒の雀は 輪になって 
seito no suzume wa wa ni natte
The sparrow students make a circle

お口をそろえて チイパッパ
o kuchi o soroete chii pappa
All together they open their mouths with chiipappa

まだまだいけない チイパッパ 
madamada ikenai chii pappa
It's still no good

も一度一緒にチイパッパ
mo ichido isshou ni chii pappa
One more time all together now, chiipappa

チイチイパッパ チイパッパ
chii chii pappa chii pappa
chiichii pappa chiipappa

This song's lyrics was written by 清水かつら (Shimizu Katsura) and the melody by 弘田龍太郎 (Hirota Ryuutarou) in 1921.

Apparantely, the sounds ちいちいぱっぱ was inspired by the sound of his young daughter learning to talk (ちいちい) and by the sound of the fluttering of sparrow's wings (ぱっぱ). For a discussion on this, click here.

VOCAB:

suzume - sparrow
no - 's (possessive)
学校 gakkou - school
先生 sensei