Chi Baba Blues

Here is the earliest picture I have of me, probably at about 10 months.


The prompt from dVerse poets today was to write a poem incorporating the lyrics of a song that was popular on the day you were born. Well, although it isn’t a poem, here is a link to a post I wrote six years ago about the most popular song on the charts on July 3, 1947, the day I was born: foreign-language/

And, to meet the qualifications of the prompt, here is a poem hastily pounded out today in response:

Chi Baba Blues

It must have been a silly year, the year that I was born,
with music even newborn babies might be driven to scorn.
The fact it was a lullaby, alas, could not atone
for that ugly music spewed out by the gramophone.
“Chi baba, chi baba chihuahua” were hardly words that lulled
and along with all the other lyrics, needed to be culled.
And though I have much gratitude that my mom chose to bear me,
when it comes to this lullaby, I’m glad she chose to spare me:

The #1 song in the U.S. on the day I was born was “Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba Chihuahua (My Bambino Go to Sleep) ” by Perry Como.  Although I would advise against it, you can hear it HERE. But after that, please go to the link at the beginning of this post and click on the link to see my rave about its trivialization of and confusion between the Spanish and Italian languages and to hear one of the most beautiful serenades in the Spanish language, imho.

My mom and me. 


Here is the link to the dVerse prompt:

10 thoughts on “Chi Baba Blues


    Ha, she had dimples on her elbows and her mom thought a baby walker was for taking the baby for a walk~! My favorite back then was “The Old Lamp Lighter”~! It was much better than “chibaba”~!


  2. Mother Wintermoon

    😍 The elderly Italian neighbors and friends of my grandfather loved Perry Como (a fellow Italian and child of Italian immigrants) and used to play this song on their record player. I loved it. They knew everything about Perry (such as, he only spoke Italian until he started school) and were so proud that he made it.


  3. msjadeli

    Judy, I agree that Como (ironic his last name is a Spanish word!) song is shameful! What a putdown to a beautiful language. I like the other song you linked to, does sound like a song for celebration.

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