If You're Happy and You Know It

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"If You're Happy and You Know It" is a popular repetitive children's song. The song originated in 1916 and is supposed to belong to the public domain, although many of the different versions of the song are still protected by copyright law.[citation needed] It has, like many familiar childhood cantations, been altered in various ways over the years for various uses.

The original song as it is known to many people begins:

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

A common variation of the third line is "then your face will surely show it"

The song usually proceeds with other verses that replace "clap your hands" with alternate phrases such as "stomp your feet."

If you're happy and you know it,
... say "Ha! Ha!" – (ha! ha!)
... say "We are!" – (we are!)
... slap your legs – (slap slap)
... turn around
... snap your fingers – (snap snap)
... slap your knees – (slap slap)
... nod your head – (nod nod)
... tap your toe – (tap tap)
... honk your nose – (honk honk)
... stomp your feet – (stomp stomp)
... pat your head – (pat pat)
... do all three
... do all four

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