13. La Llave

An All Around This World classroom and homeschool lesson from South America -- "La Llave" -- A Spanish folk song“La llave” means “the key.” All Around This World adapted this from a Spanish folk song called “Estrellita” which is about a girl finding the best occupation for herself, disliking all of them except the job of teacher. (“Estrellita is looking for a job, Ma-tey-ree-lay-ree-lay-ree-lay…
What kind of job will we give her…? We’ll let her work as a cook…She doesn’t like that job…We’ll let her work as a teacher…That job she likes!” Another commonly sung version is the story of a castle and a key to the castle, which the singer has unfortunately lost at the bottom of the sea. Fortunately, a little girl, perhaps “Estrellita,” is enlisted to look for it.

Country: (many)
Language: Spanish
Genre on CD:
Corrido (jarocho style)
Instrument on CD:


¿Donde esta la llave? Mate-rile-rile-rile
¿Donde esta la llave? Mate-rile-rile-ro

Where is the key? Mate-rile-rile-rile
Where is the key? Mate-rile-rile ro. (pon!)
Gabriel Guzman, who sings La Llave on our CD, and Radio Jarocho perform live at The Greene Space

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Vocals and jarana: Gabriel Guzman, Radio Jorocho

Recorded at Headgear Recording, Brooklyn, New York

Original is "Estrellita," © Alpha Film Music on behalf of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings,
translation and arrangement of "Estrellita" by Jay Sand with permission
Listen to an original version of "Estrellita" on the Smithsonian Folkways release, "Latin American Folk Songs: Sung in Spanish by Chago Rodrigo."

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