Tuesday, 11 March 2014

See See My Playmate

So, there was always this one song that was stuck in my mind as a reminder of my childhood. It was a hand clapping game, you know, like kit kat bar, etc. See See My Playmate was my favourite hand clapping game. I always thought the lyrics went like this:

See see my playmate,
Come out and play with me.
And bring your dollies sweet,
Climb up my apple tree.
Slide down my rainbow,
Into my pot of gold.
We'll be the best of friends,
Forever more, more, double X more,
I don't like you anymore.

Basically there was this little clapping rhythem you would do and at the very end during the "I don't like you anymore" part you would cross your arms over your chest and try to push the other person down. It was always a fun game, but I realized that the lyrics I sang aren't the actual ones.

The actual lyrics start off with a kid asking their friend to play with them, but the friend couldn't. They went from being "jolly friends" to "jolly enemies". Then the song got a little violent and talked about scratching the other person's eyes out until they bled to death!  I honestly can say that I'm not surprised though. All those songs and tales from our childhood have actual violent twist in them. Take Cinderella for example.  The inspiration, I guess you could say, of the story was somewhat based off of women cutting and twisting their feet to make them smaller, because small feet were considered beautiful. That's why Cinderella has tiny feet and can fit into the glass slipper whereas her step sisters could not.

Here are the original lyrics to See See My Playmate. I think I like my version of the song better though 😉


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