Chicken Dance – Werner Thomas

August 1, 2021

Today’s song of the day can be heard everywhere, from birthday parties to family gatherings to even the occasional wedding. It’s “The Chicken Dance”!

Fun Facts

  • The original song was composed by Swiss musician Werner Thomas in the 1950s.
  • Thomas found inspiration at a ski resort after watching skiers go downhill and flap their arms like ducks.
  • He made up some silly duck-dance movements to go along with the song.
  • Thomas titled the song “The Duck Dance”.
  • Belgian producer Louis van Rymenant heard Thomas perform The Duck Dance at a hotel gathering and liked it.
  • Van Rymenant created his unique spin via synthesizer with Bobby Setter’s Cash & Carry band in 1973.
  • In 1980, local Dutch band De Electronica released another rendering called “The Dance of the Little Birds.”
  • Local radio stations in parts of the Netherlands gave the song a lot of airtime, paving the way for its international introduction to the rest of the world.
  • Producer Stanley Mills heard it in France and bought the American rights to the song. He titled his take “Dance Little Bird.”
  • At a 1981 Oktoberfest celebration in Tulsa, a German band played “Dance Little Bird.”
  • A local tv station gave the band a chicken suit for the performance, and they taught the crowd the dance that Thomas created.
  • The Tulsa event was thought to be the moment that “The Chicken Dance was born.
  • Eventually, Mill’s Dance Little Bird song, now “The Chicken Dance,” brought him some limited commercial success totaling about $50,000 in 2000.
SOTD lyrics

Lyrics

(Musixmatch)

LETRA ‘EL BAILE DE LOS PAJARITOS’

Little birds to dance,

Pajaritos a bailar,

When you were just born

Cuando acabas de nacer

You have to move your tail

Tu colita has de mover

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu,

For a little bird to be

Para un pajarito ser

This dance you have to dance

Este baile has de bailar

And everyone cheer

Y a todo el mundo alegrar

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

The little beak you have to move

El piquito has de mover

And the feathers greet

Y las plumas salcudir

The tail remove

La colita remover

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

The knees will bend

Las rodillas doblaras

Two little jumps you will give and fly

Dos saltitos tu darás y volarás

It’s holiday

Es día de fiesta

Dance nonstop

Baila sin parar

We will fly you and me

Vamos a volar tu y yo

Across the blue sky

Cruzando el cielo azul

And the wide sea

Y el ancho mar

Little birds to dance,

Pajaritos a bailar,

The youngest will jump

El más joven saltara

The eldest will move

El mayor se moverá

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

We have not finished a

No hemos terminado a un

We will dance without stopping

Bailaremos sin parar

Until the night is over

Hasta la noche acabar

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

The little beak you have to move

El piquito has de mover

And the feathers greet

Y las plumas salcudir

The tail remove

La colita remover

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

Chiu, chiu, chiu, chiu

The knees will bend

Las rodillas doblaras

Two little jumps you will give and fly

Dos saltitos tu darás y volaras

It’s holiday

Es día de fiesta

Dance nonstop

Baila sin parar

We will fly you and me

Vamos a volar tu y yo

Across the blue sky

Cruzando el cielo azul

And the wide sea

Y el ancho mar

Little birds to dance

Pajaritos a bailar

The youngest will jump

El más joven saltara

The eldest will move

El mayor se moverá

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

We have not finished a

No hemos terminado a un

We will dance without stopping

Bailaremos sin parar

Until the night is over

Hasta la noche acabar

Chui chiu chiu chiu

Chui chiu chiu chiu

The little beak you have to move

El piquito has de mover

And the feathers greet

Y las plumas salcudír

The tail remove

La colita remover

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

The knees will bend

Las rodillas doblaras

Two little jumps you will give and fly

Dos saltitos tu darás y volaras

Little birds dance

Pajaritos bailar

When you were just born

Cuando acabas de nacer

You have to move your tail

Tu colita has de mover

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

For a little bird to be

Para un pajarito ser

This dance you have to dance

Este baile has de bailar

And everyone cheer

Y a todo el mundo alegrar

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

The little beak you have to move

El piquito has de mover

And the feathers greet

Y las plumas salcudir

The tail remove

La colita remover

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

Chiu chiu chiu chiu

The knees will bend

Las rodillas doblaras

Two little jumps you will give and fly

Dos saltitos tu darás y volaras

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