h is for … hokey pokey

Day 23:365 Gratitude Challenge and April 9th A to Z Challenge

hokey-pokey.jpgToday I am grateful for the hokey pokey because, really, that’s what it’s all about. Plus I figured that everyone needed a nice song stuck in their head today especially since it has been stuck in mine since yesterday. I like to share all my gratitude with you because you are my peeps and that is what we as peeps do; we share. There is no need to thank me because that is not why I am doing these sharing things. No sirreeeee, I am not looking to be showered with your thanks for sharing such a good deed. Just knowing that you are happily bopping about wherever you are while going about your day is thanks enough for me. For those of you insisting on thanking me, well, you are indeed very welcome.

Here are the lyrics just in case you have forgotten any or have forgotten the order that they go in: Lyrics

Since I know that you are all sitting on the edges of your seats wanting to know more about the hokey pokey, here are some interesting facts for you to ponder:

  • The hokey pokey is a participation dance known as the ‘hokey cokey’ in the UK, ‘hokey tokey’ in New Zealand, and ‘hokey pokey’ in Canada, US, Ireland, Australia, the Caribbean and Mexico.
  • There is no one definitive answer to where the hokey pokey derives from but there are some theories about it. They are as follows:
  • It originates in a British dance as early as 1826.
  • There are those who insist the song originated in the UK with Scottish Puritans as an anti-Catholic taunt against the Catholic belief that the bread and wine turn into the body and blood of Christ during the Mass. Hokey cokey is a derivative of ‘hocus pocus’ meaning trickery which is how the Puritans viewed the Catholic doctrine.
  • In 1857, two sisters from Canterbury, England were visiting Bridgewater, NH and brought the song and its gestures with them.
  • In 1940, a Canadian officer suggested writing an action party song to bandleader Al Tabor. “The Hokey Pokey” was supposedly in homage to a ice cream vendor from Tabor’s childhood who would call out “hokey pokey penny a lumb. Have a lick and make you jump.”
  • In 1944, two musicians from Pennsylvania (Robert Degan and Joe Brier) made a record of a song called “The Hokey Pokey Dance” but it is still not the version that we shake it all about today.
  • In 1949, Charles Mack, Taft Baker and Larry Laprise (The Ram Trio) made their own version of the song, which is closer to the version we all know and love today.

In Memoriam

Here is my take on the Hokey Pokey:

  • Since I love ice cream, I am going to put my right hand up and vote for the Hokey Pokey version that is in homage to the ice cream vendor. Definitely a win/win situation for me. Chocolate is my favourite in case you wanted to know.
  • It evokes memories of my and my children’s childhood and the giggles that ensued while trying to shake it all about.

    You are so doing the hokey pokey, MC, AND you are going to like it!
  • If I was co-ordinated enough, I could use the gestures and movements as an exercise program. Think about it. Shaking it all about would be a good form of exercise and would perhaps promote some weight loss which would make me even more grateful for the hockey pokey. Since I am certain that no one would want to see me shaking me arse about, I give you my word that I will perform the dance in private and without drinking any alcohol what.so.ever.

I  think that I would change up the lyrics a little bit in order to
target specific areas of my body that need firming and toning.
My version would go like this:

I put my right boob in
I put my right boob out
I put my right boob in
And I flap it all about

And I do the hokey pokey
And I turn myself around
That’s what it’s all about

I put my left boob in
I put my left boob out
I put my left boob in
And I flap it all about

And I do the hokey pokey
And I turn myself around
That’s what it’s all about

I put my muffin top in
I put my muffin top out
I put my muffin top in
And I roll it all about

And I do the hokey pokey
And I turn myself around
That’s what it’s all about

I put my butt cheeks in
I put my butt cheeks out
I put my butt cheeks in
And may be let out a fart

And I do the hokey pokey
And I turn myself around
That’s what it’s all about

Not bad, eh? Feel free to use these awesome lyrics any time you would like especially if you, too, would like to work on the same areas. It is all about that sharing I was talking about at the beginning on this post. You could also create your own lyrics and share them with me. See? Sharing is caring. While I had also considered adding a verse for each flabby arm, I think that I will work on that another day. Having all these visuals of my body shaking all about is making me very tired not to mention nauseous. Maybe a bowl of chocolate ice cream would help.

do it with me


I also thought I would share with you that I did go to a hokey pokey clinic about twenty years ago only it was called ‘pyschotherapy’ something or other. The hokey pokey clinic name would have been soooooooo much better but, on the bright side, I did turn my life around. So, you see, there is always hope. If I can do it, any one can.

Hokey pokey: 1
Talent: 0



  1. omg……………….I would nominate you for the triple P award again but I can’t stop laughing long enough to do so!

  2. Thanks so much, I think I will use this little ditty while I am vacuuming my living room this morning. I’ll put my right boob in, and my right boob out. Or, maybe I’ll just probably sing it (even when not vacuuming). My boobs are too tired. Another great post that leaves me smiling.

    1. I think you may be on to something. The hokey pokey boob song may just get me into cleaning this dusty house of mine one way or another …

    1. Kegels too ~ I love that! Glad you are enjoying them. The A to Z Challenge is quite a project but it’s a push I needed to really get going on the ole blog.

  3. OMG! You are hilarious! Tho I do wonder why anyone would want to visit Bridgewater, NH… perhaps that’s why they took the song and dance with them. They needed something to do. (I’ve never been there, so I probably shouldn’t diss the town, but …that’s what I do. Bad me!)

    I also wonder what kind of officer – besides Canadian – it was. After all, there are so many types – warrant, truant, chief financial… blahblah. 🙂

    Seriously. Funny. Keep it up!

    (My favorite is chocolate as well. Just in case you needed to know.)

    @dSavannahCreate from
    #AtoZChallenge2016 theme: dSavannah Defects

  4. Hilarious! From this day forward I will *only* sing your version of the Hokey Pokey – and as a Catholic, I had never heard of that particular anti-Catholic taunt. Interesting.. Now if you’ll excuse me. I need to go dance with my boobs. 🙂 Lol..

  5. Oh my goodness, you are so funny! I had a blast reading this post (even if I will be singing the Hokey Pokey all day) and you helped end a long running argument between Hubby and me. He always insisted it was the Hokey Cokey and I always said Pokey. Looks like we were both right – he’s from England. 🙂

  6. Absolutely love this. You had me laughing out loud from the first line. I will be smiling all day and most likely doing the hokey pokey around the house, particularly, since the tune is stuck in my head. Thank you for the laughs and for stopping by the Cow Pasture. Welcome to the fence jumpers !
    @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

    1. You are very welcome; you had me at your blog title ‘Cow Pasture Chronicles’. It drew me right in! Thanks for dropping by the Cabbage Patch. 🙂

  7. Haha the good old hokey pokey/tokey/cokey. Hubby loves hokey pokey but I can’t stand hard chewy things in my icecream. I have many fond memories of the song though, including one awesome time when we were doing the “OHHHHHH the hokey pokey” ‘join hands and run into the middle at top speed’ bit and I tripped and fell over right in the middle of the circle, and lay there as everyone completed two more run-ins looking down at me and laughing their arses off. Sure it’s funny NOW…

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