"De Colores" (literally, Of Colors) is a traditional folk-song that is well known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The song was brought to the Americas from Spain during the 16th century. In modern times, the song frequently appears in collections of childrens songs. It is widely used in the Cursillo movement and related communities such as "DeColores" and "Walk to Emmaus".  The words of the song are an expression of joy and a celebration of all creation with its many bright colors. 

 

Here is one story about the origin of the song (and the DeColores Rooster):

 
There was a group of Cursillistas (those who have attended a Cursillo Weekend) in Spain riding home on a bus, singing and rejoicing, when the weather turned for the worse. A frightening storm with lightening and thunder had them huddling together in the bus on the side of the road, and even halted their singing. But when the storm was over, the clouds parted and the sun peeked through. As the tension lessened, one Cursillista looked out the window at the farm they had parked in front of; and there saw a rooster, resplendent in color in the sparkling aftermath of the storm.
 
 DeColores Rooster
Click the play button to hear the song in Spanish 

 
 

Spanish Version

De Colores
De Colores se visten los campos en la primavera
De Colores
De Colores son los pajarillos que vienen de afuera
De Colores
De Colores es el arco iris que vemos lucir
Y por eso los grandes amores
De muchos colores of many bright colors
Me Gustan a mi
Y por eso los grandes amores
De muchos colores
Me Gustan a mi

Canta el gallo
Canta el gallo con el quiri quiri quiri quiri quiri
La gallina And the cluck hen
La gallina con el cara cara cara cara cara
Los polluelos
Los polluelos con el pio pio pio pio pi
Y por eso los grandes amores De Colores
De muchos colores
Me Gustan a mi
Y por eso los grandes amores
De muchos colores
Me Gustan a mi

 

English Translation

De Colores
De Colores the fields love to dress in all during the springtime
De Colores
De Colores the birds have their clothing that comes every season
De Colores
De Colores the rainbow is vested across the blue sky
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry

Sings the rooster
Sings the rooster with his kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri
And the cluck hen with her cara cara cara cara cara
And the baby chicks
And the baby chicks with their pio pio pio pio pi
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry
De Colores and so must all love be
of many bright colors
to make my heart cry.

 
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