Miss Lucy’s Playground Songs

Archive for the ‘Picking Game’ Category

Source: Games Kids Play

Bubble gum,
Bubble gum,
in a dish.
How many pieces
do you wish?

My 6 year old niece explained to me that their are hand motions to this song. I’ll see if I can find them to post.

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Source: Games Kids Play

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.
(Then the person would remove their fist on the word “more” and the game would begin again.)

A YouTube video from Sesame Street with some girls singing the song:

Their version has lot more words then I recall…

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Cooked a pot of hot potatoes
Dropped then on the floor.

Five potato, six potato, seven potato, eight.
Stomped them in some mashed potatoes
Put them on a plate.

Nine potato, ten potato, cannot believe my eyes.
Kicked the radiator and they
Made french fries.

Source: Games Kids Play

Engine, engine number 9.
Running down Chicago line.
If the train should jump the track,
do you want your money back?

Source: Mama Lisa

Eenie, meenie, miney, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go.
My mother said to pick
The very best one
And you are noooot (not) it.

I knew this slightly differnt:

Catch a tiger by his toe.

When he hollers, let him go.

I found another version here in a article in the Herald-Star where the writer recalls:

Eeenie, meanie, miney, moe,
catch a monkey by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go,
out goes y-o-u.

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.

The song that I remember – the one that started it all – goes like this:

One day when I was walking,
walking to the fair,
I met a senorita,
with a flower in her hair.

Oh shake it senorita,
shake it all you can,
shake it like a milkshake,
and do the best you can.

Oh she wobbled to the bottom.
Oh she wobbled to the top.

She turned around and turn around
until she made an S-T-O-P stop!

But in looking around online, I found a few different versions:

Source: Mothering

i was going to Kentucky
i was going to the fair
i met a senorita, with flowers in her hair.
shake it senorita
shake it all you can
shake it like a milkshake
and shake it once again
waddle to the bottom
waddle to the top
turn around and turn around
until you make an S-T-O-P stop!

Source: Eskimo

I love all the verses of this. Particularly about the chandelier.

One day when I was walkin’
A walkin’ to the fair,
I met a senorita
With a flower in her hair.

Oh shake it senorita. (* Shakes both hands *)
Shake it if you can.
Shake it like a milkshake
And shake it once again.

Oh she wowed them on the bottom. (* Lower hands *)
She wowed them on the top. (* Raise hands *)
She turned around and turned around (* Turn around *)
Until she make us stop.

Salome was a dancer.
She danced before the king.
And every time she danced
She wiggled everything.

Stop said the king.
You can’t do this in here.
Baloney said Salome
And she kicked the chandelier.

Oh she wowed them on the bottom. (* Lower hands *)
She wowed them on the top. (* Raise hands *)
She turned around and turned around (* Turn around *)
Until she make us S-T-O-P stop.

Source: Educational CyberPlayGround

What is interesting is that many that I found said Kentucky. I’m going to the Kentucky, I’m going to the old Kentucky fair, etc. But this one – instead of ending with S-T-O-P – it ends in Y-O-U.

I was going to Kentucky,
I was going to the fair.
I met a senorita,
with flowers in her hair.

Oh, shake it, mama shake it.
Shake it all you can.
Shake it like a milkshake,
shake it all you can
Oh, rub to the bottom,
rub it to the top.
And turn around and turn around
until you make a stop!
Oh Y – O – U

Via Google Book Search, I found this version.

I’m going to Kentucky
I’m going to the fair
I met a senorita
with flowers in her hair

Shake it senorita, shake it all you can
So all the boys around you
Can see your underwear.

Rumble to the bottom, rumble to the top
And turn around and turn around
Until you make a stop.

It is in a book called “American Children’s Folklore”. It looks like a great book. I may need to pick it up.

I found this version online (but I forget where).

I saw a senorita
going to the fair,
she had a lovely dress on
with flowers in her hair.
Oh shake it, shake it, shake it,
shake all you can,
shake it like a milk-shake
and shake it once again.
Now rock it to the bottom.
Rock it to the top.
Turn around,
turn around
until I holler stop!

And another version from Girl Guides of Canada.

We’re going to Kentucky, we’re going to the fair
To see the senorita with flowers in her hair!
Shake it baby, shake it, shake it all you can.
Shake it like a milkshake and put it in a can.
Oh rumble to the bottom, rumble to the top,
Turn around and turn around until you make a stop!


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