Små Grodorna

Literally translated “the little frogs,” Swedes sing and dance to this childrens’ song at Christmas around the Christmas tree and at Midsommar around the Midsommarstang. It has emerged as the sine qua non of Midsommar in Sweden, ample demonstration that the Swedes and their holiday are purposefully silly. If you’re not having fun with this, you’re missing the point. Drink some more.

Lyrics for Original Swedish Version:

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.
Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

Translation:

The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.
The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.
No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.
No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

Alternate Version:

I’d like to play a game with you.
Let me give you just one clue.
I have no ears—I have no tail,
but I hop like a kangaroo.

I hop, hop, hop, I hop, hop, hop
I hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.
I hop, hop, hop, I hop, hop, hop,
I hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.

(Chorus in Swedish)

I’d like to play a game with you.
Let me give you just one clue.
I have no ears—I have no tail,
But I hop like the bunnies do.
(I hop, hop, hop. . .)

(Chorus in English. Repeat?)

Sma Grodorna Dance Instructions:

Form a circle with the other revelers around the Midsommarstäng. Together with the others, begin singing and walking in a clockwise circle around the Midsommarstäng. At the words “I have no ears” (ej oron) put hands up to ears and wiggle them. At “I have no tail” (ej svansar) put hands behind back and wiggle hips. On “Hop” or “ack” hop, skip or jump along in the rotating circle. Repeat dance with each verse.

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