Friday, August 02, 2013

Row Your Boat

This is the "La Chalupa" Lotería card. Rema rema va Lupita, sentada en su chalupita. 

El juego de la lotería is hundreds of years old. How cool is that? 

La chalupa rema y rema se va para Xochimilco.

"Row, Row, Row Your Boat" seems to date back to around the time of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). It was certainly in printed circulation by the 1850s. Sung or read aloud or in silence, this little ditty sounds like pure existential philosophy. It can be taken as sweet, eerie, surreal or as a blend.   

Consider variations. Take, for instance, Lewis Carroll's lines from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ("A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky"), published in 1865: 

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Or take the chalupa as a vessel for delivering food. 

Fry up some tortilla masa; fold in little goodies like minced onions and shredded meat of some kind; add a touch of salsa de tomate verde (green sauce). Let it cool just enough to make the journey from desire to fulfillment. Yum, yum, yum, yum!

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Today's Rune: Wholeness.  

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

My favorite memory of this song is seeing Kirk, Bones and Spock sing it.