Miss Lucy’s Playground Songs

About

I grew up in Maryland. I was born in the 70s. The songs that I remember were learned from my mother or kids at school – on the playground – or at Girl Scouts or Girl Scout camp. Please note that I did not write the lyrics or music to any of these songs. I do not claim ownership to any of this material.

The idea for the Miss Lucy’s Playground Songs blog came to me when I had the senorita song in my head one morning – probably 25 years after I had last sung it. I had completely forgotten about this song! Then in my head I came to the line “shake it all you can” and then “do the best you can” and I thought that cannot be right; Rhyming “can” with “can”. My husband said that if Lorette Lynn can rhyme “Tired” and “Hard” together, then I can rhyme can and can together. Never the less… I thought I would double check my memory and look it up on the internet. As it turns out, there are a TON of versions of this song, and tons of internet song sites. And I thought wouldn’t it be fun to make my own site.

Check out the links on the right for the other sites on the internet with children song lyrics. And if you are interested, also look at the first blog entry of the senorita song.

I hope you enjoy reading through this blog, and that seeing these songs again bring a smile to your face.

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2 Responses to "About"

I am trying to learn the lyrics to a a clapping song I remember my classmates doing on the playground in the late 60s. They were nonsense lyrics, with a complicated clapping routine that I never did learn. I always thought the lyrics went something like this:

Omma nomma queue manomma
Queue manomma feast day
Omma nomma queue manomma
Queue manomma feast day
Oh, no, no, no, no, feast day
Oh, no, no, no, no, feast day
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny, I mean you!
Oh, no, no, no, no, feast day
Oh, no, no, no, no feast day

In the 1980s an alternative rock band called Guadalcanal Diary had a variation of this song on one of its albums. The group called the song “Vista” and pronounced it “vees-tah.” All of the nonsense words were slightly different from what I remember.

What I want to know is, what is this song called? Does it have “correct” lyrics? As an adult, I have wondered if perhaps the song was originally sung in a language other than English, which is why the words just would have all sounded to me as a little girl as just nonsense. Last but not least, how did the clapping routine go?

Thank you,
Mary

Wow, I have no idea. I’ll keep an eye out for it though. Let you know if I see something. In the mean time I’ll put a post on the front. Maybe some one can help?

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