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Old 12-25-2005, 03:12 AM
Marlitharn Marlitharn is offline
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What hand-clapping and jumprope rhymes do you remember?

My daughter is in first grade, and is getting to the age where handclapping games and jumproping are prime recess entertainment. I used to know scads of these rhymes, having once been a first grade girl myself, but my mind being the sieve that it is, I've forgotten most of them.

(for jumprope) Cinderella, dressed in yellow,
Went upstairs to kiss her fellow,
Made a mistake and kissed a snake,
how many doctors did it take...
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (ad infinitum until the jumper stumbles)

(for handclapping) Miss Molly had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell,
Miss Molly went to heaven, the steamboat went to...
HELL-o operator, please give me number 9,
And if you disconnect me I'll kick you in behind
The 'frigerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Molly sat upon it, and hurt her little...
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The cows are in the meadow, making chocolate pies.
Yum yum!

What do you recall?
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Old 12-25-2005, 03:57 AM
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I recommend if you can find it: Josepha Sherman's Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts which covers a lot of songs and rhymes.

Most of the rhymes I can think of were hand-clapping rhymes, not jumprope.

But there's always "Tiny Tim"; I'd quote it, but it's the entire text of a book now (The Lady with the Alligator Purse).
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Old 12-25-2005, 09:59 AM
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Postman postman
don't be slow
be like Elvis
Go man! Go!

(and then you do hots 'til the jumper misses)
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:28 AM
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Bo-bo-skee-otten-totten
Nay-nay, I am bo-bo-bo
Itty bitty otten totten
bo-bo-skee-otten-totten
bo-bo-skee-otten-totten boom.

Then counting up to a pre-determined number. On the last one, you had to try to move your hand out of the way before the other person hit it.

I'm amazed that I still remember that.

Also--

Bubblegum, bubble gum in a dish--
How many pieces do you wish?

And--
Gypsy, gypsy, please tell me
what my future husband will be--
Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief... (repeat until you hit the rope).
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Old 12-25-2005, 11:00 AM
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My boyfriend's name is Jello
He comes from Cincinello
With a pimple on his nose
And three fat toes
And that's the way my story goes


(Not an authentic street-rhyme -- it's from a fantasy story by Avram Davidson.)
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Old 12-25-2005, 11:50 AM
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Five Four Three Twenty-One
Four Three Twenty-One
Three Twenty-One
Twenty-One
One..one..one..one..one..one

That was the funnest jump chant ever.

And this hand-clapping chant:
Eeny-meany ooh ahh tumbline
Alichachi Liberace I love you
Take a peach, take a plum
Take a piece of bubble gum
No peach, no plum
Just a piece of bubble gum

I like coffee, I like tea
I like the boys and the boys like me. . .

There's more but it's not coming to me right now.
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Old 12-25-2005, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Marlitharn
(for handclapping) Miss Molly had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell,
Miss Molly went to heaven, the steamboat went to...
HELL-o operator, please give me number 9,
And if you disconnect me I'll kick you in behind
The 'frigerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Molly sat upon it, and hurt her little...
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The cows are in the meadow, making chocolate pies.
Yum yum!
We sang this one as "Miss Lulu."

There was a jumping rope song that went:

Bell bells, cockle shells
Evie, Ivy, Over*
My dog's name is Rover.
He died last October...
January, February, March, etc.

*You'd swing the rope back and forth like a pendulum for these first two lines, and then, on "over," start flipping it all the way around in a circle overhead.


I also remember doing a hand-clapping song to the old "Do you know exactly how to eat an Oreo?" jingle.
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Old 12-25-2005, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Marlitharn
(for handclapping) Miss Molly had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell,
Miss Molly went to heaven, the steamboat went to...
HELL-o operator, please give me number 9,
And if you disconnect me I'll kick you in behind
The 'frigerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Molly sat upon it, and hurt her little...
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The cows are in the meadow, making chocolate pies.
Yum yum!
We sang this one as "Miss Lulu."

There was a jumping rope song that went:

Bluebells, cockle shells
Evie, Ivy, Over*
My dog's name is Rover.
He died last October...
January, February, March, etc.

*You'd swing the rope back and forth like a pendulum for these first two lines, and then, on "over," start flipping it all the way around in a circle overhead.


I also remember doing a hand-clapping song to the old "Do you know exactly how to eat an Oreo?" jingle.
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Old 12-25-2005, 01:41 PM
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While two people turned double-dutch, a line of girls would take turns jumping in at one side and jumping out on the other and then rejoining the end of the line again.

"Keep the kettle boiling
miss a beat you're out"

The rhyme (actually, that's not really a rhyme is it?) was repeated until someone missed a beat and then they had to turn the rope until someone else missed.

I sure wish I could remember some of the hand-clapping rhymes we had. If memory serves, we had to whisper some of them so our parents couldn't hear us using that kind of language.

There was also the "put in your dukes" method of choosing who got to go first in a game. Not sure of the spelling here.

"Occa bocca dona crocka
occa bocca deuce
cinderella umberella
out goes you"
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Old 12-25-2005, 05:07 PM
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I remember some "Eenie-meenie-miney-mo" type things that were used for choosing someone out of a group, or eliminating people out of a group...

My mother and your mother were hanging up clothes
My mother punched your mother right in the nose
What color was the blood?

And then whoever was landed on had to pick up a color.

There was also something about a dirty dishrag turned double side triple side inside OUT. But I can't remember how that went.

It was mostly the girls in the neighborhood who lead such things and the boys only got to hear 'em if it was a big game of hide & seek or tag with all the boys and girls.
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Old 12-25-2005, 05:26 PM
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My wife played a game with a ball in a stocking, bounced against a wall and between the legs.

The rhyme went something like this:


Hello Hello Hello sir
meet me at the grocer
no sir why sir
because I have a cold sir
where'd you get the cold sir?
from the North Pole sir
what were you doing there sir
catching polar bear sir
how many did you catch sir
1 sir, 2 sir....until you messed up with the ball and it was the next person's turn
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:00 AM
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These are great!

I never learned how to do it, but there used to be a clapping game that went along with "Rock Around the Clock." IIRC, several girls could do it at once, standing in a circle.
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:51 AM
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I seem to recall that some of the rhymes we used in counting out or clapping were also used in Double Dutch.

Engine, engine number nine
Going down Chicago Line
If the train falls off the track
Do you want your money back?
...
Ooo, she thinks she's fine
Walking down that fine line
My, she thinks she's bad
Strapping on her Maxi pad
...
Old Abe Lincoln was a good ol' man
Jumped out the window with his dick in his hand
He said, "Excuse me, ladies, I'm doing my duty.
Won't you pull down your pants and give me some booty."
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Old 12-26-2005, 01:18 AM
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My sister and her friends used to do this hand-clapping song so often that it still haunts me over 20 years later:

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack
all dressed in black black black
with silver buttons buttons buttons
all down her back back back

She asked her mother mother mother
for fifty cents cents cents
to see the elephants phants phants
jump over the fence fence fence

They jumped so high high high
they reached the sky sky sky
and didn't come back back back
'til the fourth of july ly ly ly


I remember the one Marlitharn posted as using Molly also, though I've heard it with Suzie as well.
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:04 PM
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I remember some sort of game where we all stood in a circle and sang:

Dr. Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker Number 9
He sure got sick off a bottle of wine!
Now let's get the rhythm of the hands
Now you got the rhythm of the hands
Now let's get the rhythm of the feet
Now you got the rhythm of the feet
Now let's get the rhythm of the number 5!

This was followed by counting by 5's to 100 and the person who got 100 would be out.
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Old 12-26-2005, 02:35 PM
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Jump-roping song:

Down by the ocean, down by the sea
Johnny broke a bottle and blamed it on me
I told Ma and Ma told Pa
And Johnny got a lickin' with a
Ha Ha Ha
How many lickin's did he receive
Close your eyes and you shall see
1, 2, 3 (and so on until the jumper misses.)

Another jump rope song:

Not last night but the night before
14 robbers
Came knocking at my door
Um, I can't remember the rest right now
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Old 12-26-2005, 06:49 PM
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My sister and her friends used to do this hand-clapping song so often that it still haunts me over 20 years later:

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack
all dressed in black black black
with silver buttons buttons buttons
all down her back back back
<snip> I learned this with the second verse as:

She could not read read read
She could not write write write
But she could smoke smoke smoke
Her father's pipe pipe pipe

And then:

Quote:
She asked her mother mother mother
for fifty cents cents cents
to see the elephants phants phants
jump over the fence fence fence

They jumped so high high high
they reached the sky sky sky
and didn't come back back back
'til the fourth of july ly ly ly
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Old 12-26-2005, 09:32 PM
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Jump-roping song:
Not last night but the night before
14 robbers
Came knocking at my door
Um, I can't remember the rest right now
As I ran oouuuuuut (jumper runs out of the game) they ran in
Hit me on the head with a rolling pin
Aske 'em what they wanted, this is what they said

Spanish dancers do the splits(jumper does the splits)
Spanish dancers give a high kick (jumper gives a high kick)
Spanish dancers touch the ground (yeah, you guessed it)
Spanish dancers turn all around (right again!)
Spanish dancers get out of this town
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Old 12-26-2005, 09:35 PM
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Oh, and when they say the part " they ran in" a new jumper runs into the game. Very important detail, dontcha know
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Old 12-26-2005, 09:47 PM
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(for handclapping) Miss Molly had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell,
Miss Molly went to heaven, the steamboat went to...
HELL-o operator, please give me number 9,
And if you disconnect me I'll kick you in behind
The 'frigerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Molly sat upon it, and hurt her little...
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The cows are in the meadow, making chocolate pies.
Yum yum!

What do you recall?
I did that one except I said it with Miss Susie and the very end in which we sang
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The boys are in the bathroom, zipping up their
FLYIES are in the meadow, bees are park
Miss Susie and her boyfriend are kissing in the D-A-R-K D-A-R-K DARK DARK DARK!
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:57 PM
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I never learned how to do it, but there used to be a clapping game that went along with "Rock Around the Clock." IIRC, several girls could do it at once, standing in a circle.
Something like this, maybe?

Tweedly-dee, tweedly-dee, Your breath stinks!
Rock in the treetops, all day long
Rockin' and a-boppin and a-singin' that song.
All the little birds on jaybird street
Love to hear the song go tweet, tweet, tweet!
Rockin' Robin, tweet, tweedle-dee
Rockin' Robin, tweet, tweet, your breath stinks!
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Old 12-27-2005, 04:29 PM
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I remember most of the one in the "Stay Soft Fro" TV commercial from the 70s (80s?):
Quote:
[First line forgotten]
Stay Soft Fro is right-on-time!
For mommies and daddies and chil-dren-too!
Stay Soft Fro is good-to-use!
That was about as close as I ever got to jumping rope and reciting a rhyme.
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:26 PM
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I did that one except I said it with Miss Susie and the very end in which we sang
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The boys are in the bathroom, zipping up their
FLYIES are in the meadow, bees are park
Miss Susie and her boyfriend are kissing in the D-A-R-K D-A-R-K DARK DARK DARK!

Did you got to school with me??? That's exactly how we sang it, too, and I was just about to post and mention it!

We had another one (man, these are weird):
"I went to a Chinese bakery to buy a loaf of bread
he wrapped it in a pom-pom bag and this is what he said:
My...name...is...
Kay-I-pickle-I-pickle-I-kay-i
Wally-wally-whiskey
Chinese-pork-chop, BOW-WOW!"

I had no idea what it meant then and I still don't.
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:09 AM
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I did that one except I said it with Miss Susie and the very end in which we sang
ASk me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies,
The boys are in the bathroom, zipping up their
FLYIES are in the meadow, bees are park
Miss Susie and her boyfriend are kissing in the D-A-R-K D-A-R-K DARK DARK DARK!
We did that too! We had another verse starting from there. . .

DARK is like a movie, a movie's like a show
A show is like a TV set and that is all I know
I know my ma, I know I know my pa,
I know I know my sister with the 80 liter BRA!
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:50 AM
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We did that too! We had another verse starting from there. . .

DARK is like a movie, a movie's like a show
A show is like a TV set and that is all I know
I know my ma, I know I know my pa,
I know I know my sister with the 80 liter BRA!
We had all of those. It was a really long rhyme.

Being in an international school meant you got jumprope and hand-clapping rhymes from all over the place... I remember this Japanese one which always got me confused right in the beginning because the hand gestures were so complicated.

We had one called Teddy Bear, in which one person would jump in the middle and the others would recite what they would have to do:

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around (the jumper turns a full circle while jumping)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground (touches the ground)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high (reaches up high)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodbye.

(At this point, the jumper would yell "Goodbye" and run out from under the rope. Then they would go to the other side and re-enter to finish the rhyme as follows:)

Teddy bear, teddy bear, climb the stairs (jumps alternating feet, like climbing stairs)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers (holds hands like praying)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light (pulling on a light switch)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night,
G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T! (after the T, the jumper runs out and it's the next person's turn)

There was also a Finnish hand-clapping rhyme to the tune of "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" about a swallow and a nightingale, and another one called "Sissikko", but they don't really translate that well... "Sissikko", at least, was mostly just barely-English garbling, which was pretty much the point.
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:35 AM
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We had a lot of the previously mentioned ones: Miss Mary Mack, the steamboat, Cinderella dressed in yellow, etc. We also had a four person hand-slapping game to Rockin' Robin, with lyrics I all of a sudden am having a hard time remembering, but that went at least in part like this after the chorus:

Mama's in the kitchen cooking rice
Daddy's in the bedroom shooting dice
Brother's in the jailhouse raising hell
Sister's on the corner selling fruit cocktail

Also we played Old Kentucky Fair, which may not be included in the scope of the OP, where a "senorita" stood in the middle of a circle, which went around her while she did motions that went with the song, and at the end closed her eyes and pointed and whoever she pointed at when "STOP!" came was the next senorita. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I went to Old Kentucky
The Old Kentucky fair
I met a senorita
With flowers in her hair
Shake it, senorita!
Shake it if you can!
Shake it like a milkshake
And do the best you can!
Rumble to the bottom
Rumble to the top
Turn around and turn around until I holler stop!
S-T-O-P STOP!
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:41 AM
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Does anyone remember "Slide"?

Sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide
Baby one, baby two...[/i]

And that was it.
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Old 12-28-2005, 11:40 AM
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Down in the valley
Where the green grass grows
There sat (kid in the jumprope's name here)
Sweet as a rose.
Along came (name of boy jumper has crush on-or perfect teasing moment)
and-


And I can't remember the rest of it!


sorry.


:slinks away:

We did miss mary mack, and the hello operator one, as well.
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Old 12-28-2005, 01:46 PM
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Inka-binka-bottle of ink,
I think you stink!
Not because your dirty,
not because your clean.
Just becasue you kissed a girl behind a magazine!

Eenie-Menie-Miney-Moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers let him go.
My mother said to pick the very best one and you are noooooooooot it!
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:19 PM
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Eenie-Menie-Miney-Moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers let him go.
My mother said to pick the very best one and you are noooooooooot it!
There's probably a dividing line (somewhere in the 1960's) when kids started to "catch a tiger by the toe" instead of "catch a nigger by the toe".

You can always avoid the entire controversy by doing

One potato, two potato, three potato four
Five potato, six potato, seven potato more.
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:57 PM
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We had one called Teddy Bear, in which one person would jump in the middle and the others would recite what they would have to do:

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around (the jumper turns a full circle while jumping)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground (touches the ground)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high (reaches up high)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodbye.

(At this point, the jumper would yell "Goodbye" and run out from under the rope. Then they would go to the other side and re-enter to finish the rhyme as follows

Teddy bear, teddy bear, climb the stairs (jumps alternating feet, like climbing stairs)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers (holds hands like praying)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light (pulling on a light switch)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night,
G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T! (after the T, the jumper runs out and it's the next person's turn)
Holy cow, I think I just had my first flashback! We did that one, too, (or something so similar as to make no difference) and I'd totally forgotten it.
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Old 12-28-2005, 06:59 PM
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There's probably a dividing line (somewhere in the 1960's) when kids started to "catch a tiger by the toe" instead of "catch a nigger by the toe".
We always did "Catch a monkey by the toe."

Was "monkey" just a.....nicer racial slur than "nigger"? I was about 25 years old before I even made an association between the two when I heard someone use "monkey" as a racial slur.
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:21 PM
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Inka-binka-bottle of ink,
I think you stink!
Not because your dirty,
not because your clean.
Just becasue you kissed a girl behind a magazine!

Eenie-Menie-Miney-Moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers let him go.
My mother said to pick the very best one and you are noooooooooot it!
we used one of those lines in this one:

apples on a stick just make me sick
make my heart go two forrrrrty six
not because they're dirty, not because they're clean
not because you kissed a boy behind a magazine
heyyyyyyy, girls! wanna have some fun?
here comes Johnny with his pants undone
he can wiggle, he can waddle, he can do the splits
but I betcha 5 dollars he can't do this!

followed by more hand-clapping, and I think you counted until someone fucked up.
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:28 PM
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Odd that this topic popped up. I was just trying to remember a double dutch rhyme that the girls in my neighborhood used to sing. It began "All in together" and that's all I remember.

There was also "Numbers." It was a two person clapping game. It started by clapping one's hands together. Then right to right, then clap, then left to left, then clap again. Next slap the backs of the hands together, then the front, then start again. When you get to the back-front thing again do it twice. When you get to it the third time do it three times and so on. Its' kinda hard to explain without demonstrating it. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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Old 12-28-2005, 08:45 PM
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For two jumpers, two rope twirlers ó

Singing telegram arriving
Calling Nancy at the door
<Nancy hops in alongside Susan>
Nancy is the one
Who's having all the fun
So we don't need Susan any more
<Susan hops out>

Hand-clap game ó start with hands on our respective knees, my hands (and your hands) clap together on first word "my", then my left claps your right on first syllable "ma", then my hands (and your hands) clap together on second syllable "ma", then my right claps your left on "told", then clap our respective knees (nothing sung, "told" lasts for two claps), then my hands (and your hands) clap for "me", which lasts while my left claps your right and then my right claps your left ó then start over for the next line. I'm a little fuzzy about the exact wording of some of the lines, it's been awhile since 3rd grade!

My Mama told me
If I was good
She'd buy me a dolly
Not made of wood
A rubber dolly
With a red hood

She joined the Army
She went to war
I haven't seen her
Since I was four
I miss my Mama
Forevermore

The Army called me
On the telephone
My Mama died there
I'm all alone
And I got no dolly
To call my own
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Old 12-31-2005, 11:18 PM
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Hey, I know that one was a little dark, but I didn't expect to shut down the thread with it!
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Old 01-01-2006, 03:38 AM
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Hey, I know that one was a little dark, but I didn't expect to shut down the thread with it!
Yeah, if you need us we'll all be in the corner slitting our wrists.

I just remembered, I saw a couple of kids doing something kind of neat with plastic cups a couple of years back. I don't remember if there was a rhyme that went with it or not, but they sat on the floor facing each other, each one with two plastic cups in front of them. They then went through a complicated pattern involving handclapping and picking the cups up, flipping them over, and slapping them back down. Sound familiar to anyone?
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Old 01-01-2006, 09:00 AM
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These are great!

I never learned how to do it, but there used to be a clapping game that went along with "Rock Around the Clock." IIRC, several girls could do it at once, standing in a circle.
I don't remember one to Rock around the Clock, but I do remember it like this

Have everyone stand in a circle. Everyone stands with both palms up; your left palm on TOP of your neighbour's right palm. At the beginning of the song, the leader slaps her left palm down on her right-hand neighbour's left palm. This second person then repeats the action with her right-hand neighbour, etc., all around the circle.

The goal is to NOT get your palm slapped at the end of the verse. When the countdown gets to "FIVE", if the girl who would get her left hand slapped by her neighbour at "FIVE" moves her hand out of the way in time, the girl doing the slapping is out. If on the other hand the girl doesn't get her hand out of the way, she is out. Whoever is out moves to stand in the middle of the circle. Once several rounds have been played and you have three or four people standing in the middle of the circle, they can begin their own smaller circle and keep playing! The more players you have, the more concentric circles you can get.

Stella ella ola, clap clap clap
Say yes, chicko chicko, chicko chicko chak!
Say yes, chicko, chicko, allo, allo
Allo allo allo!
Say one, two three four, FIVE!
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Old 01-01-2006, 10:59 AM
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A clapping game I don't see mentioned -- Say, say, oh playmate.

I also remember:

Down down baby, down by the roller coaster
Sweet sweet baby, mama'll never let you go
Shimmy shimmy coco pop
Shimmy shimmy rock
Shimmy shimmy coco pop
Shimmy shimmy rock

I know there's more to it, but I can't recall how it goes.
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Old 01-01-2006, 12:06 PM
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The version of Down down baby that I know morphs into the Let's get the rhythm of the hands song that KRC mentioned, and the intro is a variation of monstro's Sliiiiiiide baby. I went to an excellent lecture by a music historian on this topic about two years ago, and I recall that she said that this was one of the oldest documented hand songs. A lot of them go way back but weren't necessarily written down. The let's get the rhythm of the hands lyrics go back to the mid-19th century island communities of former/freed/escaped slaves in South Carolina.

Being a child of the 70s, a lot of the other songs I remember instead tap into the rich tradition of Madison Avenue. My favorite hand clap game was to the Oreo cookie jingle

Ice cold milk and an oreo cookie
They forever go together
what a classic combination ...
etc.

It's hard to describe the claps, but it was vertical more than horizontal -- you and your partner reached toward each other as if you were going to shake hands, but instead of the palms of your hands meeting, you held the backs of your hands together, and you started the clapping going up and down, hand over hand.

We also had one that started with the Two all beef patties, special sauce etc but I can't remember anything else.
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Old 01-01-2006, 12:20 PM
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Yeah, if you need us we'll all be in the corner slitting our wrists.

I just remembered, I saw a couple of kids doing something kind of neat with plastic cups a couple of years back. I don't remember if there was a rhyme that went with it or not, but they sat on the floor facing each other, each one with two plastic cups in front of them. They then went through a complicated pattern involving handclapping and picking the cups up, flipping them over, and slapping them back down. Sound familiar to anyone?
OpalCat not only wrote about it but posted a tiny video showing her doing the thing. Let's see if I can find it...

Aah!

This is the one-person version, what you're describing is a two-person version where you clap each others' hands and not just your own.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:29 AM
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hand clap and jump rope rhymes i do

here's a jump rope rhyme:
blue bells cockle shells easy ivy over
here comes the teacher with a big fat stick
now its time for arithmetic
1+1 is...
◆2! ◆-what the jumper says
2+2 is...
◆4!
4+4 is...
8!
8+8 is...
◆16!
now its time for spelling
spell cat.
◆c-a-t!
spell dog.
◆d-o-g!
spell hot.
h-o-t!
then the swingers swing the rope fast until she misses.
handclap:
miss suzie had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
miss suzie went to heaven
the steamboat went to-
HELLO operator
please give me number nine
and if you disconnect me
i'll kick you from-
BEHIND the 'frigerator
there was a piece of glass
miss suzie fell upon it
and broke her little-
ASK me no questions
i'll tell you no more lies
miss suzie's in the kitchen
making her mud pies
i do those at school
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:21 AM
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Lincoln, Lincoln I've been thinkin'
What the heck have you been drinkin'
Was it water
Was it wine
Blah blah blah blah turpentine.

That's all I remember...
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:31 AM
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Down in the valley
Where the green grass grows
There sat (kid in the jumprope's name here)
Sweet as a rose.
Along came (name of boy jumper has crush on-or perfect teasing moment)
and-


And I can't remember the rest of it!


sorry.


:slinks away:

We did miss mary mack, and the hello operator one, as well.
We did
Down in the meadow
where the green grass grows
There sat (name)
Sweet as a rose
She sang, she sang,
she sang so sweet
Along came (boys name)
and kissed her on the check
How many kisses did (name) receive
Then you started counting.

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Old 04-13-2013, 04:20 PM
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Inka-binka-bottle of ink,
I think you stink!
Not because your dirty,
not because your clean.
Just becasue you kissed a girl behind a magazine!

Eenie-Menie-Miney-Moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers let him go.
My mother said to pick the very best one and you are noooooooooot it!
Doggie doggie Diamond step right out
Not because you're dirty, not because you're clean
just because you kissed a girl behind a magazine

Ink a dink a bottle of ink
the cork fell out and you stink
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:09 PM
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Here's the long version plus a few more...

Miss Susie had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell (ding ding)
Miss Susie went to heaven
The steamboat went to...
Hello operator
Give me number nine
And if you disconnect me
I'll kick you from...
Behind the 'frigerator
There was a piece of glass
Miss Susie sat upon it
And broke her little...
Ask me no more questions
Tell me no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom
Zipping up their...
Flies are in the meadow
The bees are in the park
Miss Susie and her boyfriend
Are kissing in the...
D-A-R-K D-A-R-K dark dark dark
darker than the ocean
darker than the sea
darker then the underwear
my mother gave to me
my mother is godzilla
my father is king kong
my sister is the is the stupid one,
Who tired to make me go to...
Hello operator give me number ten
If you disconnect me I'll sing in the...
Dark is like a movie
A movie is like a show
A show is like a T.V. set
And that is all I...
know I know my ma,
I know I know my pa,
I know I know my sister,
with the 80 meter bra!
My mom was born in England,
My dad was born in France,
I was born in diapers,
I couldn't fit in pants.
I know my dad's a robber
I know my mom's a spy
I know that I'm the little brat that
Told the F.B.I.
my Ma gave me a nickel
my Pa gave me a dime
my Sister gave me a boyfriend
Who kiss me all the time
My Ma took back the nickel
My Pa took back the dime
My Sister took back the boyfriend
and then gave me Frankenstein
He made me wash the dishes
He made me wash the floor
He made me wash underwear
So I kicked him out the door
I kicked him over London
I kicked him over France
I kicked him to Hawaii
Where he did the Hoola Dance!


Miss Lucy had a baby She named him Tiny Tim She put him in the bathtub To see if he could swim He drank up all the water He ate up all the soap He tried to eat the bathtub but it wouldn't go down his throat Miss Lucy called the doctor The doctor called the nurse The nurse called the lady with the alligator purse In walked the doctor In walked the nurse In walked the lady with the alligator purse Measles said the doctor Mumps said the nurse Nothing said the lady with the alligator purse A dollar charged the docter Fifty cents charged the nurse Nothing charged the lady with the alligator purse Out walked the doctor Out walked the nurse Out walked the lady with the alligator purse



Apple on a stick
Makes me sick
My heart beat
2-4-6
Not because youíre dirty
Not because youíre clean
Not because you kiss the boys
Behind the magazine.
The boys boys having fun
Here comes a lady with some blueberry buns
She can wriggle
She can rock
She can even do the splitz
But I bet ya 10 bucks
She canít do this
Close your eyes and count to 10
If you make a mistake
Youíre a big fat hen.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
You did/didnít make a mistake
So thatís the end
And we are friends.


There's a place on Mars
where the women smoke cigars
and the men wear bikinis
while the children drink martinis
when the snakes are dead
they put roses round' their head
when the roses die
they put diamonds in their eyes
when the diamonds break
FREEZE! (first one who moves is out)



Have you ever, ever, ever, in your long legged life
met a long legged sailor with a long legged wife?
No, I never, never, never, in my long legged life
met a long legged sailor with a long legged wife

Have you ever, ever, ever, in your short legged life....

....pigeon toed life...
....bow legged life...
....spoon headed life...


Ten little angelsdressed in white
tryin to get to heaven on the tail of a kite.
But the kite string broke and down they fell.
Instead of goin to heaven they went to Hell.
Nine little angels .... (repeat).
Eight little angels... 7..6...5...4...3...2...
One little angel dressed in white
tryin to get to heaven on the tail of a kite.
But the kite string broke and down she fell
instead of going to heaven she went to HELL!
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:04 AM
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Ten little angelsdressed in white
tryin to get to heaven on the tail of a kite.
But the kite string broke and down they fell.
Instead of goin to heaven they went to Hell.
Nine little angels .... (repeat).
Eight little angels... 7..6...5...4...3...2...
One little angel dressed in white
tryin to get to heaven on the tail of a kite.
But the kite string broke and down she fell
instead of going to heaven she went to HELL!
The version I know of this, instead of counting down numbers had three:

angels in white / on a kite
girl scouts in blue / on a shoe
boy scouts in green / in a flying machine

and ended up:

Three little devils all dressed in red
Tried to get to heaven on the end of a bed
The bed knob was broken, so they all fell
Couldn't get to heaven so they all went to.....

Don't be mistaken, don't be misled
They couldn't get to heaven so they all went to bed!


I have a vague memory also in my had of a finger-counting thing that went...

Jenny jenny jenny jenny WHOOPS! jenny WHOOPS! jenny jenny jenny jenny.

You counted each "jenny" on your fingers from pinky to thumb and back - the "WHOOPS!" was a slide between index finger and thumb. Does anyone else remember something like that? Or what on earth the reason for it was...
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:52 PM
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We did Miss Suzy and it went like this :

Ms Suzy had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell (ding ding)
Ms suzy went to heaven the steamboat went to
HELLo opperator please give me number 9
and if you disconnect me ill chop off your
BEHIND the fridgorator there lay a peice of glass
Ms Suzy say upon it and broke her big fat
ASK me no more questions ill tell you no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom zipping up their
FLIES are in the city the bees are in the park
Ms Suzy and her boyfriend are kissing in the
D A R K D A R K DARK DARK DARK
Darker than the ocean darker than the sea
darker than the black boy kissing on my knee (muah muah)
I know you know my ma
I know you know my pa
But do you know my sister with a 14 acre Bra bra bra
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:46 AM
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Anyone who's interested in this stuff should know about the record 1, 2, 3 and a Zing Zing Zing. It's a field recording of children's rhymes, jumprope songs, street games and clapping games made by a guy named Tony Schwartz in New York City in 1952. You can play samples from the record at the web site I linked to - a couple of my favorites are Clap Games and Camp Songs.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:24 AM
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I believe the child is a teenager now and probably no longer needs these rhymes. Just saying.
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