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Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine,
The monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked,
They all went to heaven in a little row-boat

Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Slap

Clap-Pat: Clap your hand, pat it on your partner's hand (right hand)
Clap-Pat: Clap your hand, cross it with your left arm, pat your partner's left palm
Clap-Pat: Clap your hand, pat your partner's right palm with your right palm again
Clap-Slap: Clap your hands, slap your thighs, and sing a little song; go:

My mother told me
If I was good-ee
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly

My aunty told her
I kissed a soldier
Now she won't buy me
A rubber dolly

Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine,
The monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line
The line broke, the monkey got choked,
They all went to heaven in a little row-boat

Clap-clap: Clap you hands and prepare to pat
Pat: Take your right arm pat your partner's right palm with your right palm
Clap: Take your hands back and clap

Pat: Take you right arm cross your right arm with your left arm pat your partner's left palm with your left palm.
Clap: Take your hands back and clap
Pat: Take your right arm cros your left arm and pat your partner's right palm with your right palm.
Clap: Now back, with a clap
Take the flats of your palms and slap your thighs and watch the fun materialize as you sing this little song:

My mother told me
If I was good-ee
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly

My aunty told her
I kissed a soldier
Now she won't buy me
A rubber dolly

Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Slap

Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Pat
Clap-Slap



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    UnregisteredDec 9, 2013 at 7:08 am
    The song is about sex. Today it would be illegal probably, since it sung as if by a child. A "little row boat" is a clitoris and heaven is an orgasm. The child kisses a soldier and is not allowed the rubber dolly because she has taken a step toward adulthood and is leaving childhood behind. I don't know what "a rubber dolly" is, but it sounds kinky.
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 27, 2012 at 1:05 am
    I was reminded of "the color purple" movie, whoopi g. And oprah w. , when the young sisters were playing "clap" games.

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