La cucaracha, la cucaracha,
I’m so glad to see you go.
La cucaracha, la cucaracha,
I love you; te quiero yo.

1. There’s a bug, some like to chase it
When we play we must outrace it,
If at lunch we see it coming,
We’re supposed to send it running. Refrain

2. Tiny thing with no amigos,
Not a friend wherever it goes,
Do you really want to banish
Little bugs who sing in Spanish. Refrain

3. Let the bugs enjoy their freedom
Even though we do not need them.
All las niñas and los niños
Can’t forget their true amigos. Refrain

One of the many Spanish versions…


La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Patas para caminar.


The cockroach, the cockroach,
Now he can’t walk
Because he doesn’t have, because he’s missing
Legs to walk with!

See also

Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords, Orff arrangement (PDF)
  • MIDI file
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