The Chicken Dance Lyrics in English, Spanish, and Italian

The Chicken Dance, also known as The Bird Song, The Birdie Song, The Bird Dance or The Chicken Song, is an oom-pah song; its associated fad dance is now a contemporary dance throughout the Western world. It was a huge 80’s hit in Europe, and is also a well-known drinking and dancing song at American Oktoberfest events.

The song was composed by accordion player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland, in the 1950s. The original name of the composition was “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance) and it had no lyrics,

On this page you will find the Chicken Dance English lyrics, as well as lyrics to El Baile de los Pajaritos (the Spanish version) and lyrics to Il Ballo del Qua Qua (the Italian version).

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The Chicken Dance Lyrics in English

British, Canadian, American, and Australian versions are generally instrumentals, although there may be very simple lyrics such as:

Version 1

With a little bit of this,
and a little bit of that,
you shake your tail,
and then you clap.

Version 2

I don’t want to be a chicken,
I don’t want to be a duck,
So I wiggle my butt,
Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

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El Baile de los PajaritosThe Chicken Dance Lyrics in Spanish

1. Pajaritos a bailar,
cuando acabas de nacer
tu colita has de mover
chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

Para un pajarito ser
este baile has de bailar
y a todo el mundo alegrar
chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

El piquito has de mover
y las plumas sacudir
la colita remover
chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

Las rodillas doblarás
dos saltitos tu darás y volarás

Es día de fiesta
baila sin parar
vamos a volar tú y yo
cruzando el cielo azul
y el ancho mar


2. Pajaritos a bailar,
el más joven saltará
el mayor se moverá
chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

No hemos terminado aún
bailaremos sin parar
hasta la noche acabar
chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

El piquito has de mover
y las plumas sacudir
la colita remover
chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

Las rodillas doblarás
dos saltitos tu darás y volarás

Es día de fiesta
baila sin parar
vamos a volar tú y yo
cruzando el cielo azul
y el ancho mar

3. Pajaritos a bailar
el más joven saltará
el mayor se moverá
chiu chiu chiu chiu

No hemos terminado aún
bailaremos sin parar
hasta la noche acabar
chiu chiu chiu chiu

El piquito has de mover
y las plumas sacudir
la colita remover
chiu chiu chiu chiu

Las rodillas doblarás
dos saltitos tu darás y volarás

4. Pajaritos a bailar
cuando acabas de nacer
tu colita has de mover
chiu chiu chiu chiu

Para un pajarito ser
este baile has de bailar
y a todo el mundo alegrar
chiu chiu chiu chiu

El piquito has de mover
y las plumas sacudir
la colita remover
chiu chiu chiu chiu

Las rodillas doblarás
dos saltitos tu darás y volarás

El Baile de los PajaritosThe Bird Dance Lyrics in English (Translation)

1. Little birds to dance to,
when you were just born
you have to move your tail
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

To be a little bird
you have to dance this dance
and cheer everyone up
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

The little beak you have to move
and shake the feathers
wiggle the tail
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

You will bend your knees
You will give two little jumps and you will fly

It’s celebration day
dance without stopping
we are going to fly you and me
crossing the blue sky
and the wide sea

2. Little birds to dance to,
the youngest will jump
the oldest will wiggle
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

We’re not done yet
we will dance without stopping
until the night ends
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

The little beak you have to move
and shake the feathers shake
wiggle the tail
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

You will bend your knees
You will give two little jumps and you will fly

It’s celebration day
dance without stopping
we are going to fly you and me
crossing the blue sky
and the wide sea

3. Little birds to dance to
the youngest will jump
the oldest will move
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

We’re not done yet
we will dance without stopping
until the night ends
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

The little beak you have to move
and shake the feathers
wiggle the tail
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

your knees will bend
two little jumps you will give and you will fly

4. Little birds to dance to
when you were just born
your tail you have to move
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

For a little bird to be
this dance you have to dance
and cheer everyone up
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

The little beak you have to move
and the feathers shake
the tail remove
chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp,

your knees will bend
two little jumps you will give and you will fly

Il Ballo del Qua Qua Lyrics – The Chicken Dance in Italian

1. Questo è il ballo del qua qua
e di un papero che sa
fare solo qua qua qua
più qua qua qua

Mamma papera e papà
con le mani fan qua qua
e una piuma vola già
di qua e di là

Le ginocchia piega un po’
poi scodinzola così
batti forte le tue mani
e fai qua qua

con un salto vai più in là
con le ali torna qua
ma che grande novità
è il qua qua qua.

Prendi sotto braccio
la felicità
basta aver coraggio
all’arrembaggio
col qua-qua-qua.

2. Balla il ballo del qua-qua
come un papero che sa
fare solo qua-qua-qua
più qua-qua-qua

forza tutti qui con me
a braccetto a tre per tre
attenzione si farà
un gran qua-qua

se tu stai di fronte a me
io lo ballo insieme a te
e se un bacio volerà
che male fa

ma chi il papero non fa
che figura che farà
di sicuro sembrerà
un baccalà

Prendi sotto braccio
la felicità
basta aver coraggio
all’arrembaggio
col qua-qua-qua

3. Questo è il ballo del qua-qua
e di un papero che sa
fare solo qua-qua-qua
più qua-qua-qua

con le ali vai più in là
con un salto torna qua
fai la mossa che ti va
ma fai qua-qua

questo è il ballo del qua-qua
che continua e non si sa
se un bel giorno finirà
di far qua-qua

tutto il mondo ormai lo sa
che la moda è questa qua
batti forte le tue mani
e fai qua-qua

Prendi sotto braccio
la felicità
basta aver coraggio
all’arrembaggio
col qua-qua-qua

4. Questo è il ballo del qua-qua
e di un papero che sa
fare solo qua-qua-qua
più qua-qua-qua

mamma papero e papà
con le mani fan qua-qua
e una piuma vola già
di qua e di là

le ginocchia piega un po’
poi scodinzola così
batti forte le tue mani
e fai qua-qua

con un salto vai più in là
con le ali torna qua
ma che grande novità
il qua-qua-qua

Il ballo del qua qua lyrics in English (translation)

1. This is the quack-quack dance
and (that) of a duck who knows
only to say quack-quack-quack
more quack-quack-quack

Mom duck and Dad duck
do quack-quack with their hands
and a feather flies already
here and there

Bend your knees a bit
then wiggle your tail like this
clap your two hands loud
and quack-quack

With a jump go farther there
come back here with (your) wings
but what a great novelty
is the quack-quack-quack

Take happiness under your arms
you just need courage
as you go aboard
the quack-quack-quack

2. Dance the quack-quack dance
like a duck who knows
only how to say quack-quack-quacl
more quack-quack-quack

Come on everybody here with me
arm in arm in threes
attention, we’ll make
a big quack-quack

If you’re in front of me
I’ll dance it with you
and if a kiss flies
it won’t hurt

but whoever does not do the duck
what bad impression they’ll make
certainly they’ll look like
a dry cod

Take happiness under your arms
you just need courage
as you go aboard
the quack-quack-quack

3. This is the quack-quack dance
and (that) of a duck who knows
only to say quack-quack-quack
more quack-quack-quack

With (your) wings go farther there
with a jump come back here
make the move that you like
but do quack-quack

This is the quack-quack dance
that continues and we do not know
if one day it will stop
doing quack-quack

All the world knows by
that the fashion is this here
clap your hands loud
and make quack-quack

Take happiness under your arms
you just need courage
as you go aboard
the quack-quack-quack

4. This is the quack-quack dance
and (that) of a duck who knows
only to say quack-quack-quack
more quack-quack-quack

Mom duck and Dad duck
do quack-quack with their hands
and a feather flies already
here and there

Bend your knees a bit
then wiggle your tail like this
clap your two hands loud
and quack-quack

With a jump go farther there
come back here with (your) wings
but what a great novelty
is the quack-quack-quack

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