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Hokey Pokey
Hokeypokey
Debuted in The Backyard Show
Usage 1988, 1992
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The Hokey Pokey is a participation dance with a distinctive accompanying tune and lyric structure. It is well known in English-speaking countries. It originates in a British folk dance, with variants attested as early as 1826. The song and accompanying dance peaked in popularity as a music hall song and novelty dance in the mid-1940s in Britain and Ireland. The song was a chart hit twice in the 1980s - first by The Snowmen which peaked at UK #18 in 1981, and then Black Lace who reached #31 in 1985. The song became popular in the US in the 1950's.

The song's first appearance in the Barney franchise was in "The Backyard Show".

Lyrics

You put your right hand in (with the left arm),
You put your right hand out (with the left arm),
You put your right hand in (with the left arm),
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about.

You put your left hand in (with the right arm),
You put your left hand out (with the right arm),
You put your left hand in (with the right arm),
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about.

You put your right foot in (with the left leg),
You put your right foot out (with the left leg),
You put your right foot in (with the left leg),
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about.

You put your left foot in (with the right leg),
You put your left foot out (with the right leg),
You put your left foot in (with the right leg),
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about.

You put your whole self in (jump inside with one's human body),
You put your whole self out (jump away from the inside with one's human body),
You put your whole self in (jump back inside with one's human body),
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about.

Song Used In..

  1. The Backyard Show (first appearance)
  2. Hi, Neighbor! (final appearance)
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