Song Lyric Sunday: Sarasponda


I decided to go off-theme again for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. When I posted Good Morning to You yesterday, a friend told me about a ditty she used to sing to her children. Her story reminded me of a song I sang to my children when they were infants. It is called Sarasponda.

I had wondered, even back then, what the song meant but I never looked into it. Yesterday I checked it out and was fascinated by what I learned.

Wikipedia said Sarasponda is believed to be of Dutch origin and it is thought to be a song that women sang when spinning at a spinning wheel. Many sources describe the lyrics as  nonsense words, but others think they are onomatopoeic and are meant to represent the sounds a spinning wheel makes as it spins.

It is a tune that is frequently sung around campfires so I probably learned it when I was a Girl Scout, or when I traveled across the U.S. with my church youth group in the mid 60’s.


Sarasponda, sarasponda, sarasponda ret set set

Sarasponda, sarasponda, sarasponda ret set set

A doray-oh, A doray-boomday-oh

A doray-boomday ret set set

Ah say pah say oh.

There are many YouTube versions of Sarasponda. The tune is the same in each version but the way it is presented is very different. I have decided to share three different versions.

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Sarasponda

  1. I don’t have kids but I’ve been thinking about a career change and instead teaching elementary music. This is such a fun yet nonsensical song. It would be one I’d have my students doing and maybe doing some sort of motions to or something. Fun.

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  2. Alo-HA Karuna….I can hear the spinning/singing………Resha is of Dutch heritage (Telgenhoff) and we will be researching for more links…..:-) blessings StanleydelMundo / Premanandakumar

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  3. What a fun song! I was surprised that I hadn’t heard it before, but I really enjoyed the three different versions. It’s so much fun to share memories that surround the music we love. Thanks for sharing both with us!

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