Hokey Pokey (I)
DESCRIPTION: We kneel on the carpet, then stand to choose a lover. The baby sits on its mother's knee crying for "hokey-pokey": a penny a lump, "that's the stuff to make you jump" and fall.
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: courting nonballad children
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan8 1573, "Hokey Pokey" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Here's Three Beggars" (tune, per GreigDuncan8)
cf. "This Pretty Girl of Mine" (one verse)
NOTES: I would not consider this the same as the horrid "Hokey Pokey" game they inflicted upon us in elementary school in Minnesota in the 1960s. I have no idea if this song inspired that, or if the school version was just some well-intentioned teacher's nightmare project. It appears that song does have some traditional roots; see the "Hokey Pokey (II)." - RBW
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