This is a children's song from West-Central Santharia, often sung as a
delightful pre-lullaby to get tired children into their sleepsmocks
and onto their pillows. The chorus, nonsense imitation of the riccio's
chortle though it be, is remarkably catchy and one may often find it
still 'stuck' in the ear after singing it the night before!
Please note that the last word of the chorus is more of a sort of
full-body 'shudder' which mimes the characteristic little quill-rattle
of a woebegone pricklepig, and one of the children's favourite