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Dona Maria cadê ioiô
Dona Maria cadê iaiá

Dona Maria cadê ioiô
Dona Maria cadê iaiá

A roda tá começando
Eu não vejo ioiô chegar
Dona Maria respondeu
Ela foi fazer o jantar

Dona Maria cadê ioiô
Dona Maria cadê iaiá

Ioiô tá trabalhando
Iaiá venha pra ca
Quem não tem cão caça com gato
A roda vai começar

Dona Maria cadê ioiô
Dona Maria cadê iaiá

Mrs. Maria where’s ioiô
Mrs. Maria where is iaiá

Mrs. Maria where’s ioiô
Mrs. Maria where is iaiá

The roda is starting
I don’t see ioiô coming
Dona Maria replied
She went to make dinner

Mrs. Maria where’s ioiô
Mrs. Maria where is iaiá

Ioiô is working
Iaiá come here
One who doesn’t have a dog, hunts with a cat
The wheel will start

Mrs. Maria where’s ioiô
Mrs. Maria where is iaiá

Author: Unknown (Do you know who wrote this song? Tell us in the comments!)

T/L: ‘One who doesn’t have a dog, hunts with a cat’ is an expression in Brazil, meaning if one doesn’t have the proper tool for an activity, they must make due with what is available. There are actually two versions of this expression; another is “quem não tem cão caça como gato” (One who doesn’t have a dog, hunts like a cat), meaning if you don’t have a dog to assist you with your hunt, you need to learn to be sneaky and hunt alone, like a cat.