In their cultural notes in Sing Chinese
, Cindy Mao and Ma Baolin explain that Shaanxi Province in north-western China is very famous for its folk songs. This is one of the lesser known songs from that area, but it is very unique. While most Shaanxi songs are love songs, this one tell of a little kid and his donkey and sounds happy and humorous.
And indeed it is! This short ditty is of a child riding to market on its donkey and falling in the mud - an accomplishment that all little children on this whole planet achieve with complete aplomb. But who does the washing afterwards?