La Cucaracha  LbNA # 34111 (ARCHIVED)

Ownerbeats round the bush    
Placed DateAug 13 2007
LocationBellville, TX
Found By schodek5
Last Found Nov 11 2007
Hike Distance?

La Cucaracha" ("The Cockroach") is a traditional Spanish language folk song of the genre known as a corrido, that became popular in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution... The ultimate origin of "La Cucaracha" is unsettled, but it gained its greatest popularity during the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century. However, the song is mentioned in 1883, and possibly as early as 1818. Although it is speculated that it may be of Spanish origin, there is no reliable source for this, nor does the song appear in any other Latin American country.
We all have sung or know of the La Cucaracha song, but I was rather shocked and surprised when I found the English lyrics to this "cute" little ditty that many of us sang and danced to as children. Prepare yourself because they are as follows:


La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque le falta, porque no tiene
Marihuana que fumar.


The cockroach, the cockroach
Can't walk anymore
Because it lacks, because it doesn't have,
Marijuana to smoke.

From Houston take I-10 to the Hwy. 36 exit at Sealy. Take Hwy. 36 North to Bellville. Go right on Hwy. 159. You will cross RR tracks and almost immediately come to a "Y". Hwy. 159 will continue straight ahead but you will take Hwy. 529 to the right. The entrance to the Bellville City Park is about 2 blocks ahead on your left. The park is bordered by a low rock wall.

Upon entering the park you will see a war memorial on your left and the swimming pool on your right. Turn into the parking area next to the war memorial and park. Look to the rock wall behind and to the right of the memorial. It is bordered by crepe myrtle trees. Walk to the third tree to the right. You will find La Cucaracha nestled in the middle of the limbs covered with twigs and leaves.
Please be sure that you rehide him well as this park is the site of the Austin County Fair and many other events and becomes quite busy at these times.

Be sure to go on and visit the town of Bellville , and stop at the Chamber of Commerce. Ask For Carolyn or Tammy, and mention that you're Letterboxing. They should have a small welcome gift for you. Bellville is a quaint little town with shops and restaurants and interesting historical places.