Esprits Razin / Sodotutu 

Preserving Seed and Roots Caribbean Culture 
Supporting Mystical Artist in the Diaspora



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Yaya Congo Song

Ayitian Kreyol

Jezi Marie Joseph o
Rat la mange pijon mwen
Jezi Marie Joseph o
Rat la mange pijon mwen
Rat pase
Sourit pase
Zazolit pase

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Mwen fe priyè mwen, se pou yaya

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Men ti poulet sa se pou yaya

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Ti chapo pay sa se pou yaya

Balancé yaya Yaya o
Yaya madan mango balancé yaya
Talon kikit sa se pou yaya


English (Literal Translation)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph oh,
A rat ate my pigeon (euphemism/slang for sexual organ)
Jesus, Mary, Joseph oh,
A rat ate my pigeon,
A rat went by,
A mouse went by,
A lizard went by.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya,
All my prayers are for Yaya.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya.
The chicken is for Yaya.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya.
The little straw hat is for Yaya.

"Swing Yaya, Yaya oh."
Mrs. Mango swings Yaya.
These high heels shoes are for Yaya.