Down Down Baby

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"Down Down Baby" is a clapping game played by children in English-speaking countries. In the game, two or more children stand in a circle, and clap hands in tune to a rhyming song. As with most hand-clapping games, there are many variations. Modified versions of the song have appeared in Little Anthony and the Imperials's "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop",[1][2] Nelly's "Country Grammar",[3][4] Simian Mobile Disco's "Hotdog", The Drums' "Let's Go Surfing", Usher's "OMG", and the film Big.

Lyrics[edit]

There are many variations of this clapping game from around the world.[5] The actual lyrics that any given group of children use may vary based on region, era, and ethnicity.

Basic[edit]

The lyrics cited here are the essential lyrics of the rhyme, and are the lyrics that were featured in a 1980s segment of the US version of Sesame Street.[6]

there is a train going Down, down, baby
Down, down the roller coaster (accompanied by the hand making a horizontal wave motion)
Sweet, sweet, mama (accompanied by both arms crossing the chest)
I'll never let you go


References[edit]

  1. ^ Little Anthony And The Imperials "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop". "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop lyrics". Oldielyrics.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop video on YouTube
  3. ^ "Country Grammar lyrics". Lyrics007.com. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  4. ^ Country Grammar video on YouTube
  5. ^ The British Library. "Down Down Baby". Playtimes. The British Library. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Sesame Street clip on YouTube

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