March 18, 2020

Japanese Traditional Songs – 雀の学校 Sparrow’s School


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.

The Sparrow’s School
by Shimizu Katsura

チイチイパッパ チイパッパ

chii chii pappa chii pappa
Chii chii pappa chiipappa


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



seito no suzume wa wa ni natte
The sparrow students make a circle


(くち)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



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

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