“Cucaracha, La”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (Canciones Mexicanas)
Keywords: drugs bug nonballad courting Mexico foreignlanguage
Found in: Mexico


Recognized by the references in the chorus to "la cucaracha" (the cockroach). The verses may describe the girls in various towns, and the way to court them. The chorus translates, "The cockroach doesn't want to travel because she has no marijuana"


Sandburg suggests that La Cucaracha may mean "The Little Dancer," but its natural meaning is "The Cockroach." - RBW


  1. Sandburg, pp. 289-291, "La Cucaracha (Mexican Cockroach Song)" (1 text plus translation, 1 tune)
  2. Fuld-WFM, p. 188, "La Cucaracha"
  3. BI, San289