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“The Wedding of the Louse and the Nit”

The soldiers who accompanied the Conquistadors on the passage over to New Spain (Central America) and along the entradas probably sang ballads popular in Spain at the time of the conquest. Ballads date back to the oral tradition in the twelfth century. They were the epic poetry of those times. This very old ballad, “The Wedding of the Louse and the Nit,” is well known in Mexico and Spain. People still sing versions of it in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

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La Trejaria del Piojo y la Liendre“La Trejaria del Piojo y la Liendre,” Adade Martinez (Musician)

The louse and the nit were going to be wed,
but marry they couldn't, because there was no bread.

chorus:

Dee-da-la, dee-da-la, dee-da la
dee-da-la, dee-da-la,dee-da-dam

A cow calls out, from her corral
“Carry on with the wedding, since we have the bread.”

chorus

On with the wedding, since we have bread, but now, where will we find money?

chorus

A calf calls out from his stall,
“Carry on with the wedding, I’ll give the money.”

chorus

On with the wedding, since we have money,
now what about meat, where will we find some?

chorus

A skinny coyote answers, starving to death,
“Carry on with the wedding, I’ll give the meat.”

chorus

On with the wedding, now we have meat,
but where can we find a cook?

chorus

A bed bug calls out from her bed bug house,
“Carry on with the wedding, I'll be the cook.”

chorus

On with the wedding, we have a cook,
now what about godparents, where can we find some?

chorus

A rat answers from his rat's nest,
“Tie up the cats and I'll do the godfathering.”

chorus

On with the wedding, we have a godfather, now where can we find a godmother?

chorus

A spider answers from her spidery realm,
“Carry on with the wedding, I'll do the godmothering.”

chorus

On with the wedding, since we have godparents,
now who will play music, and where can we find them?

chorus

A cricket calls out from his cricket hole,
“Carry on with the wedding, I'll make the music.”

chorus

On with the wedding, we have the music,
now who will dance and where can we find them?

chorus

We went clear to Africa to bring back dancers,
“Here we come, señores,” say the monkeys.

chorus

At the head table, the wine is flowing,
the cats get loose, swallow the godfather.

chorus

The excitement is over, the fandango is finished,
and the poor godfather, they chewed him up.

chorus

Early in the morning, when the cock crowed,
there was not one monkey that didn't get punched.

chorus

The dogs come out with their battle cries,
the lice come out shooting their guns.