A Ram Sam Sam

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"A Ram Sam Sam"
Written by Traditional
Written Morocco

"A Ram Sam Sam" is a popular children's song and game which originated in Morocco. About this sound Play 

The song's lyrics are usually:

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

The game is played by a group of children. The song is sung by the group leader and the participants should perform several actions during certain lyrics, usually:

  • A ram sam sam - pound fists, right over left, then left over right.
  • Guli guli - pull hands apart gesturing as if something were gooey
  • A rafiq - spin index fingers on either side of the head (like someone is crazy), ending with the fingers pointed up.

Pop culture usage[edit]

  • Rolf Harris recorded the song in 1971.
  • Diskoteka Avariya used the song in their composition "Modnyi Tanets Aram Zam Zam" (In Russian "Модный танец Арам Зам Зам" English title "A Ram Sam Sam: The Trendy Dance") in 2009.
  • Donikkl und die Weißwürschtl recorded a German version "Aram Sam Sam" that charted on the German charts in 2009.
  • Gracey released a Dutch language version in 2011 that reached #75 in the Netherlands
  • Lorenz Büffel made a version entitled "Aramsamsam" that is found on Après Ski Hits 2011 double CD.
  • Die Aussenseiter recorded a Version in YouTube
  • Johnny Only, an American singer, used the refrain in 2012 for a country-influenced children's song "A Ram Sam Sam" with additional English lyrics: "Turn around, one time, shake shake, shake it while you turn / Wave this wave, wave that way, reach for the light / Wave this wave, wave that way, give a hug so tight"
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Parodies
  • The US scout movement adapted the song using new lyrics: A good Cub Scout / A good Cub Scout / A new Tiger Cub and a good Cub Scout...
  • Fast Food Rockers recorded a version in 2003 (The fast food song)
  • DJ Ötzi recorded a German version in 2003, mainly being an enumeration of fast food companies
  • Pizza Hut used it in commercial campaigns with amended lyrics[citation needed]
  • Die Aussenseiter used it in some parts of their first music video, "Aram Sam Sam".

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