Back in 1942, an Irish songwriter, Jimmy Kennedy, created a dance and a song to go with it, which was called the “Hokey Cokey.” It was written to entertain Canadian troops which were stationed in London.
At the same time, Al Tabor also wrote a dance song in wartime London in 1942. It was called the “Hokey Pokey.” According to him, the name of the song comes from ice cream vendors from his youth in London, called the Hokey Pokey Men. The dance was quite similar to Kennedy’s.
There are many other stories of the origination of this song. Many others claim it comes from “hocus pocus,” which is a term used by magicians.
Whatever the origin is, this children’s song has been around since a long time. It is a participation dance song which is fun and catchy and loved by children and adults alike. It talks about a dance that goes along with it where all of the participants dance in a circle or a ring by putting their arms or foot in and out and shaking it around as the song suggests. The song words are quite simple but makes a person sing along with the catchy tune. It is generally considered a happy song. The song goes like this:
“You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey,
And you turn around.
That what it’s all about!”
The singer just keeps on changing the song words from right hand to left hand, then each foot, head, butt and finally your whole self.
This is one of the oldest nursery rhymes for children, which is still very popular today. It has roots in the British folk tradition, but it is generally attributed to the American poet, Eliza Lee Cabot Follen. With time, it has gotten absorbed in the Mother Goose Collection.
This song is about three kittens that have lost their mittens who then find their mittens and end up soiling them. In the end of the nursery rhyme, the three little kittens finally get their mother’s approval in the form of a pie.
The first time this nursery rhyme was published was back in 1827 and later in 1843 in the United States. This song for children is a cornerstone in the shift from the typical literature for children as it amuses and entertains. It has come a long way and is still widely popular all over the world. It is available all over the internet where it can be enjoyed by kids of all ages and is present in children’s nursery rhymes books as well as a part of the school’s music curriculum.
The lyrics of this nursery rhyme are very catchy and catch children’s attention easily. The song is also available in a variety of languages with the same tune and meaning. Moreover, there has been further additions to the basic nursery rhyme in many versions, while the classic version is still around and popular.
There are many videos of this nursery rhyme which not only entertain infants and toddlers alike but also aid in their mental growth and development by introducing them to rhymes and to singing. This nursery rhyme also helps children identify positive behavior that is instilled in the kittens by their mother.