Every so often in my long and interesting life, I have run across references to the “hokey pokey”. Never gave it much thought, since very early on one of these references cited the lyrics “you put your right foot in, you take your right foot out…”, and of course I knew that song, and sang it in my head and nodded, while saying to myself, “OK, I just didn’t know it was called ‘the hokey pokey’.”
So the other day I was watching a videotape that showed a bunch of fools at a wedding party doing (and singing) the hokey pokey and I turned to my companion and said “Omigod, is THAT the ‘hokey pokey’?” (Whereupon her opinion of my intelligence sort of plummeted a score or so).
After careful thought, I realized that the song I know which contains the lyrics “you put your right foot in” and so forth is “Here We Go Loop-de-Loo” and that I had never, before this time, heard the “Hokey Pokey”, only heard OF it, and informed my companion of this interesting MPSIMSical factual nugget. And my companion, convinced by this time that my waves don’t make it to the shoreline on a regular basis, said “No it isn’t. ‘Loop-de-Loo’ contains no reference to putting your right foot in”, although she did proceed to demonstrate her familiarity with the basic “Loop-de-Loo” tune.
OK…am I maleducated? Did I learn some garbled bastardized hybrid in which Hokey Pokey lyrics were superimposed on the Here We Go Loop-de-Loo melody? Or did I perhaps inhale too many cannabinoid compounds and have a memory-snarlup in my upstairs circuits? Or can someone come forward and verify having heard it the way I remember hearing it?