Spanish Modal Verbs in a Song

El Perrito Chiquitito is a Spanish song for children full of Modal Verbs in the Imperfect Tense.
The song is a true story about a naughty little puppy who wanted to escape and succeeded.
It is sung to the tune of a traditional Spanish children’s song:
El Barquito Chiquitito!

Modal Verbs, 3rd person, Imperfect Tense:
no sabía    – it didn’t know
no podía   – it couldn’t
no debía   – it was not supposed to …
Modal verbs need a 2nd verb in the infinitive:
escapar = to escape:
No sabía escapar  –  it didn’t know how to escape
No podía escapar it couldn’t escape
No debía escapar –  it wasn’t supposed to escape

The story ends in the perfect tense.


A            E       A
Había una vez
.              E                   A
un perrito chiquitito,
(There was once a little puppy) x2
A            E       A

Había una vez
.             E                    A
un perrito chiquitito,

.           D
Que no sabía,
That didn’t know how to,
.          A
que no podía,
that couldn’t,
.         E                              A
que no debía escapar.
that wasn’t supposed to escape.

Hold up your hands and
 count to 6 on your fingers whilst singing:

.     A           E                A
Pasaron un, dos, tres,
.                 E                     A
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas
1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks went by(x2)
.     A          E                   A
Pasaron un, dos, tres,
.                E                      A
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas …

.        D
Y aquel perrito,
.         A
y aquel perrito,
.        E                                      A
y aquel perrito escapó.

(And that little puppy,
and that little puppy,
and that little puppy escaped.)


For more practice using Spanish Modal Verbs in the context of scoring goals on a Playstation this time, go to:
Modal Verbs in Spanish

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