a little spanish flea

In an old Simpsons episode (The Otto Show) Homer is waiting for Bart and Milhouse in his car and turns on the radio. Spanish Flea is playing and he sings the following lyrics.

There was a little Spanish flea.
A record star he thought he’d be.
He heard of singers like Beatles,
The Chipmunks he’d seen on TV.
Why not a little Spanish flea?

And so he hid inside a dog…

There is an amusing flash movie called Mr. Nice that plays the Spanish Flea song. In this touching masterpiece, a pink blob with eyes, a belly button and a pair of underpants says that he doesn’t have any arms or hands, but that doesn’t stop him from dancing, then asks if you’d like to see him dance. If you choose yes, he girates his lower torso to the melodious song of Spanish Flea.

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass composed the song, making all of this possible. They deserve an award.


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  1. Oh that little mister Nice and his armless pelvic thrusts. Who are you to resist!?

    Comment by jason on April 29, 2003 @ 7:43 pm
  2. Here are some more lyrics. I’m not sure where they’re from.

    Comment by dan on July 7, 2003 @ 1:57 pm
  3. It’s also being played in the background when Homer’s waiting for his car in the Simpsons episode where they go to the Superbowl

    Comment by Anonymous on November 1, 2003 @ 12:25 pm
  4. It like the song it needs to be available as a ring tone for nokia 3315 mobiles!

    Comment by jessica on November 24, 2003 @ 6:17 pm
  5. which tv program was this the theme tune to????

    Comment by alice on December 4, 2003 @ 3:02 am
  6. I have no idea.

    Comment by dan on December 4, 2003 @ 12:34 pm
  7. i love this song, its on the simpsons episode ‘the otto show’, i cant get it out of head its cracks me up every time!

    Comment by jo on December 18, 2003 @ 3:12 pm
  8. it was the theme to the dating game

    Comment by jared on January 29, 2004 @ 5:02 pm
  9. I have a Nokia composer rintone avaliable for spanish flea, which i wrote myself. if you are interested please email me at [email protected]

    Comment by Adele on February 21, 2004 @ 9:43 pm
  10. you all suck

    Comment by I r cool on March 24, 2004 @ 7:08 pm
  11. You do too, mr cool. You do too.

    Comment by Levi on March 24, 2004 @ 10:37 pm
  12. the little spanish flea was also the theme to the newlywed game, fyi

    Comment by audrey on March 26, 2004 @ 1:39 pm
  13. yes, Homer Simpson sings it as he is waiting in the car-park for Bart and Milhouse at the Spinal Tap concert, this cracks me up. There is a riot going on at the same time and Homer is totally oblivious to it.

    Comment by glenn folau on April 1, 2004 @ 4:38 am
  14. There was a little spanish flea
    it could count from 1 to 3
    thats all i can remember

    Comment by James on May 14, 2004 @ 11:59 am
  15. We work in an emergency department and when it gets too intense we play spanish flea. Try it at your workplace, it will crack everybody up.

    Comment by andy on November 27, 2004 @ 4:08 am
  16. little spanish flea la la la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Comment by derpty on December 1, 2004 @ 7:01 pm
  17. I believe that the theme to the Dating Game/Newlywed Game was “Tijuana Taxi,” also by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, not “Little Spanish Flea.”

    Comment by Grifty McGrift on December 2, 2004 @ 9:41 am
  18. does anyone know the website for the “Mr. Nice” cartoon? I can’t find it.

    Comment by Kalani on December 3, 2004 @ 10:07 am
  19. A Google search for mr_nice.swf has plenty of results.

    Comment by dan on December 3, 2004 @ 10:12 am
  20. i reckn the flee song is awsum. n its not awsum unles u twidl ur fingrs

    Comment by Hannah on December 10, 2004 @ 1:46 am
  21. little spanish flee song is soooooo cool i cant get it out of my head so i typed in2 google lyrics for little spanish flee and this is the only website that does it !!!! but i cant find all the lyrics 2 it only parts

    ne 1 no a site dat does all the lyrics??? plz tell me cos i just hum it cos i dont no the words lol

    Comment by pheobe on May 21, 2005 @ 11:14 am
  22. Now i’m not the sharpest tool in the shed but I know a gooooooooood song when hear it and spanish flee is GREAT!!!

    Comment by Fat Jo on May 22, 2005 @ 4:52 pm
  23. i luv that episode ! i just spent the whole day yesterday trying to figure out the lyrics but all we got was:

    there was a little spanish flee
    he liked to sit and watch tv
    and eat pork riens and chips
    with some dip!!!

    Comment by Laura on September 3, 2005 @ 10:00 am
  24. http://awhigbraindump.blogspot.com/2004_05_01_awhigbraindump_archive.html

    Full lyrics, maybe…

    Comment by JTL on October 11, 2005 @ 6:26 am
  25. what a sound

    Comment by bourkey on October 29, 2005 @ 4:10 pm
  26. there was a little spanish flea, it was as big as any other flea, do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do doooooo there was a little spanish flea do do do do do do do do

    Comment by Anonymous on November 12, 2005 @ 1:59 am
  27. omgosh …u guys are serious losers!!!! as if you would comment on little spanish flea…yes and i know the irony…but come on i went on this site for a school musical that we are doing…GET A LIFE!hahaha

    Comment by chasley on November 13, 2005 @ 8:14 pm
  28. who’s the loser here? the 26 (25 – ‘mr cool’) who love spanish flea, or the 1 (chasley) who hasn’t got anything more important to do other than stick their nose in where it ins’t wanted?

    spanish flea!!!!! the one and only

    Comment by skinny on November 18, 2005 @ 10:31 am
  29. Right on skinny ;)

    Comment by dan on November 19, 2005 @ 8:36 pm
  30. Spanish Flea Lyrics

    There was a little Spanish Flea
    A record star he thought he’d be
    He heard of singers like Beatles
    The Chipmunks he’d seen on TV
    Why not a little Spanish Flea?

    And so he hid
    Inside a doggie from Madrid
    He arrived in the city
    Still singin his sweet harmony
    As proud as any Flea could be

    He walked around
    As if he owned the town
    Humming his pint sized melody
    With his guitar he knew he’d be a star
    And in his own hometown, how proud he’d be

    Then all at once he met a man
    Who said, “I’ll help you if I can”
    He listened close to his song
    And then he sang right along for you see
    He loved that little Spanish Flea

    (missing verse, lol)

    There was a little spanish flea
    and it could count from 1 to 3
    and thats all i can remember
    From days of September,
    Poor me!
    There was a little Spanish Flea

    Comment by Abi & Asha on February 7, 2006 @ 4:01 am
  31. Um…it takes FIVE SECONDS to comment on something. How does it make someone any more a loser than any other form of conversation?

    Comment by Jonathan on March 11, 2006 @ 6:23 am
  32. on the same episode as the Spanish Flea, when they first flash to homer in the car, he is humming a different song…something like” da da-da, da da-da, da da da da-da…. what song is that?????

    Comment by bill on August 14, 2006 @ 4:50 pm
  33. In Spain (Castellano):
    Habia una mosquita muy bella
    Queria llegar a ser estrella
    Estaba viendo a los Beatles
    Estaba viendo a los Queen
    En la tele
    Y yo queria ser asi

    Comment by Moli Jr on September 21, 2006 @ 7:08 am
  34. Spanish Flea is ace. I’ve been humming the tune all morning and googled “homer sings song about a flea” to find out what it was called. Thanks for all the lyrics you lot have posted.

    The song is so notable, it features on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Flea

    Comment by jdc on May 15, 2008 @ 3:35 am

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