Spain has a small but thriving ‘Twee Pop’ scene which the locals sometimes refer to as ‘Tontipop’. This is where I would place La Monja Enana (The Dwarf Nun), notwithstanding the fact that they are an electronic duo.
Their first release, the 6 track EP ‘Pídeme un Deseo’ (1999) was made single of the week in Melody Maker in January 2000. They are probably the only Spanish band ever to achieve this. John Peel also played a few of the tracks on his show.
This track is from ‘Humos y Espejos’, their first full length album which was belatedly released in 2008. Maybe it took so long to appear because their singer Ana also fronts another group: Cola Jet Set.
The song is a translation of ‘I’m a Little Dinosaur’, one of Jonathan Richman’s more childlike songs. Richman has translated some of his songs into Spanish himself, as well as writing original songs in Castellano. His ‘Yo Tengo Una Novia’ has been featured on this blog.
The translated lyrics are extremely faithful to the original, so below I have simply put the versions by both artists side by side.
Melody Maker is now extinct and John Peel is dead but the dinosaur lives on!
EL PEQUEÑO DINOSAURIO Soy un dinosaurio chiquitín Soy un dinosaurio chiquitín Soy un dinosaurio chiquitín Y me quiero marchar de aquí He nacido hace un montón en el Cretácico Inferior Sé que ya no me queréis Y por eso me voy de aquí Los niños desde su jardín preguntarán por mí a sus papás Y las moscas que vuelan a mi alrededor Se las tendrán que arreglar sin mí. Dirán... ¿Dónde está el dinosaurio? ¿Dónde está el dinosaurio? ¿Dónde está el dinosaurio? Se ha tenido que ir de aquí No te vayas, por favor No te vayas, chiquitín No te vayas, por favor ¿Por qué te quieres marchar de aquí? No te vayas, por favor No te vayas, chiquitín No te vayas, por favor ¿Por qué te quieres marchar de aquí? Algún día volveré a jugar en tu jardín. Soy un dinosaurio chiquitín Y quiero quedarme quiero quedarme quiero quedarme aquí.
I'M A LITTLE DINOSAUR Well, I'm a little dinosaur I'm a little dinosaur I'm a little dinosaur But I'm planning to go away. Now, I am real old, don't you know Born ten billion years ago. But they don't love me here enough and so I'm planning to go away Now the children upon their lawns Will wake up and wonder where I've gone. And the flies that buzz around where I now be They're all gonna have to get along without me. They'll say, Where's the little dinosaur? Where's the little dinosaur? Where's that little dinosaur? He must have gone away. Oh no, please don't go Oh no, please don't go Don't go, little dinosaur, Please don't go away. Oh no, please don't go Oh no, please don't go Don't go, little dinosaur, Please don't go away. Okay, I'll come back You know I'm back to stay 'Cause I'm just your little dinosaur And I could never really go Never really go Never really go away.