Lyrics

Pen pen de sarapen,
de kutsilyo de almasen
Haw, haw de carabao batutin

Sipit namimilipit ginto’t pilak
Namumulaklak sa tabi ng dagat.

Sayang pula tatlong pera
Sayang puti tatlong salati

Translation

Pen, pen from Sarapen,
Knife from department store
How, how the carabao*
Stinks!

Pinching tongs, gold and silver
Blooming near the sea.


Game

Filipino children use this like eenie meenie miny mo, to determine who is “it.”

This can also be a game played between two people. One person holds out his/ her palm and sings the rhyme while the other person taps his/her finger on the first person’s palm on each syllable. At the end of the song, the first person tries to close his/her hand to catch the other person’s finger. The person whose finger is caught is “It” and takes a turn putting out his/her palm for the next time. (source)


See also


Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
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