Did you ever play clapping games?

rob333 (zone 7a)

When I was young, we always played those clapping games. For some reason, it came up the other night and I was able to tell my son all the words to Miss Mary Mack. The stuff we remember can be so weird!

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, elephants, elephants
Jump over the fence, fence, fence
They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky, sky
And didn’t come back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July


My older sister played it when she came from the Philippines?! So I sorta figure it's "universal". Her game was:


(first one said it, then the other repeated)

Flea

flea fly

Cummala cummala cummala fiesta

On and on and on a fiesta

(said together)

Ennie meenie decameanie do what-you-whatcha-wanna-meanie

Hotchie kotchie cumalatchie do what you want...

Do you have one you want to share?

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Amazing Aunt Audrey

My boyfriends name is Tony

He came from the land of bologna

With a pickle for a nose, and three black toes, that's the way my story goes.

One day he gave me peaches

One day he gave me pears

One day he gave me 50 cents and took me to the fair

And when the fair was over

I asked him to take me home

He said he had another date

And would rather walk alone

I made him do the dishes

I made him mop the floor

I made him eat an oyster

Behind the kitchen door door door.

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Amazing Aunt Audrey

We also played using the lyrics to the song "Rockin Robin"

We sang some naughty ones too, cant think of the lyrics tho

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Amazing Aunt Audrey

Later on we played hand jive

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rob333 (zone 7a)

AAA, we too sang Rockin' Robin with clapping game in concert band class in junior high school! I forgot we did that. In high school we sang our own lyrics to Here she comes just walking down the street singing doo wah diddy diddy dum diddy doo... High school ought to tell you those lyrics.

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quasifish

Oh geez, I'd forgotten doing this is elementary school!

There was one we did that started off "Down, down baby, down by the rollercoaster. Sweet, sweet baby, don't let it roll you over. Shimmy bop, shimmy bop..." that's all I remember.

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Fun2BHere

No, but the ones posted are interesting.

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FlamingO in AR

I remember playing them and getting really good, our hands would go numb eventually because we’d clap so long. Ah, those simpler times. We’d play that on the bus and then jumping rope for hours once we got home.

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DawnInCal

The only one I remember is Patty Cake.

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provogal

“See see my playmate, come out and play with me and bring your dollies three. Slide down my rain pipe into my cellar door and we’ll be jolly friends for evermore” That’s all I remember but the clapping and handwork was quite complicated.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

That's the part that is really escaping my memory. We sort of gave each other a two handed "five", each of our right hands over the other's left hand, did the crossing over thing the girls do in the attached video, and then I remember something about our hands flipping backward at some point... but that's it.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

Boy, I remember my sister's wrong! (the attached video lyrics look very close)

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skibby (zone 4 Vermont)

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

Hahaha! These are cracking me up!

Take me out to the ballgame.... And:

Miss Susie had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
Miss Susie 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 refrigerator there was a piece of glass
Miss Susie fell upon it and cut her little…
ask me no more questions
tell me no more lies

many more verses to this one, I think. Carry on!

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undertoad

We’d sit in a circle, count off with each of us having a number, and then do a clapping and snapping chant. One would say, while everyone clapped and snapped their fingers, “Who stole the cookies from the (snap) cookie jar?” The next in order would pick a number and say,” Number _ stoke the cookies from the (snap) cookie jar.” “Not me.” “Yes, you.” “Not me.” “Then who?” “Number —_ stole the cookies from the (snap) cookie jar.” Good grief, sorry....didn’t realize it was so long and that I’d actually remember it!

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kathyg_in_mi

Oh, I know Flea, flea fly! Taught it to my Brownie troop! Late 70’s.

It ended with “Be Billy often boaten, be bop be beaten bottom, SHHH!

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Kathsgrdn

Yes, but only in California, after I moved to Nevada in the 5th grade, the kids there didn't play those games...or maybe we were just too old then?

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amylou321

Miss susie had a steamboat

The steamboat had a bell

Miss susie went to heaven

The steamboat went to

Hello operator

Give me number 9

And if you disconnect me

I'll hit you from

Behind the frigerator

There was a piece of glass

Miss susie fell upon it

And broke her little

Ask me no more questions

Tell me no more lies

I caught her in the bedroom

Eating chocolate pies!

It looks weirder in print than it sounded on the playground......


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kathyg_in_mi

I remember Miss Susie!

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sheilajoyce_gw

My boyfriend's name is Jello,

He comes from the land of Mello,

With freckles on his nose,

And carrots on his toes,

And that's the way my story goes!

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dedtired

You all are bringing back memories. I can still go through all the motions, which included crossing your arms and tapping your shoulders, then hitting your thighs.

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kathyg_in_mi

My boy friend gave me peaches.

My boy friend gave me pears.

My boy friend gave me 50 cents and kissed me on the stairs!

i gave him back his peaches.

i gave him back his pears.

i gave him back his 50 cents and kicked him down the stairs!

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marilyn_c

No clapping games. I can vaguely remember jump rope chants. I remember dirty songs that my friend learned at summer camp and taught me when she came home.

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eld6161

I remember the Miss Susie, but I thought it was Lucy, but, maybe that way another one..

Miss Marry Mack, Mack Mack and dressed in black, black black? ? Not sure if this was offensive?

Skibby, I remember all of yours too.

Similar, we used to play one with a ball. A my name is Alice and my husbands name is Al, we come from Alabama and we eat apples. All the a words, your leg goes over the ball.

Then your friend does a b series until you complete the alphabet.

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marilyn_c

One of the jump rope ones was....Cinderella dressed in yellow, went upstairs to see her fellow.

That is all I remember of that one.

And this one for choosing something:

Einie, meanie, miney, mo,

Catch a monkey by his toe.

If he hollers make him pay, fifty dollars every day.

Oh you dirty dish rag you!

My momma told me to choose this one,

But I was a naughty girl and chose this very best one.


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dedtired

I remember a jump rope chant that started a Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground, teddy bear teddy bear, turn around. That’s all I remember.

Marilyn we said Ernie, meenie, but used a different word for monkey. It was a horrible slur but we were so little we had no idea what we were saying. As I recall we were then taught to say a Tiger instead, thank heavens.

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Hot Rod

Cinderella dressed in yella

Went upstairs to kiss a fella

Made a mistake and kissed a snake

How many doctors did it take?

(the the jumprope went to "hots" and you counted those jumps)

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kathyg_in_mi

I remember Teddy Bear! But just as much as Dedtired.

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Rudebekia

This was the version we did at camp:

Flea
Flea fly
Flea fly flow
Fista
Coomberalla coomberalla coomberalla fista
Oh no no no no navista
Eeny meeny dessimeeny oowalla-walla-meeny
Exameeny salameeny oowalla wah
Beep diddlee oppenboppen mo bo badeepin dopping
Shhhhhhhh!

We also clapped to the "A sailor went to sea sea sea; to see what he could see see see" chant. I don't remember any other clapping songs, but we had a ton of jump rope songs and chants.

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Hot Rod

We did Rudebekia's this way:


Koomalah Koomalah Koomalah Vista

Koomalah Koomalah Koomalah Vista

Nah nah-nah nah-nah-nah vista

Vista vista

Eskamina Salamina oo-wah kawalla meena

Eskamina Salamina oo-wah-wah

Bee billeb alley oh ooooo



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Hot Rod

Here's another one


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.

Chicken pox said the doctor

Measles said the nurse

Mumps said the lady

With the alligator purse.


Has anyone else noticed that a lot of these are to the same tune or is that just how I learned them?

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kathyg_in_mi

Here's the real lyrics to Flea.

Flea Fly

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea, flea
Flea fly, flea fly
Flea fly flo, flea fly flo

Bee stay
Bee stay

A kooma lata, kooma lata, bee stay
A kooma lata, kooma lata, bee stay
Oh, no, no, no, not to bee stay
Oh, no, no, no, not to bee stay

Eenee meenee, exameenee, exameenee
Sala meenee, eenee meenee, examee-nee
Exameenee, sala meenee, so

Eenee meenee, exameenee, exameenee
Sala meenee, eenee meenee, examee-nee
Exameenee, sala meenee, so

Weepa sapa, eepa sapa, eepa sapa little
And a run scum tum, tie me, oh
Weepa sapa, eepa sapa, eepa sapa little
Little, little, spittle, blow

Weepa sapa, eepa sapa, eepa sapa little
And a run scum tum, tie me, oh

Songwriters: MICHAEL PETER BALZARY,JACK IRONS,ANTHONY KIEDIS,HILLEL SLOVAK

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,MoeBeToBlame


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Hot Rod

The flea fly thing was around LONG before the RHCP.

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glenda_al

Was not familiar with clapping games growing up. When I first started teaching elementary 4th grade I noticed the girls doing the clapping game on the playground. I was amazed.

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