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Miss Lucy

A popular game that was played in grade school was a
game called "Miss Lucy". This game was played by the
girls on the playground at lunch time or at recess.
This is a hand clapping game that can be played by two
or four people. This is probably one of the simplest
hand clapping games played. When playing,
the two people would stand opposite each other.
To begin, each person would first clap
their own hands together. Then each person would clap
her right hand with the other person's right hand.
This would be followed by each one clapping their own
hands again. Then they would clap left hands. This
was again followed by clapping their own hands.
Then they would clap their left hand with the other
person's right hand and at the same time clap their
right hand with the other person's left hand. Then
this would be followed by them clapping their own hands
together again. Then they would begin the whole process
all over again. For this game, this song would be
sung in rhythm to the clapping.
Miss Lucy had a baby,
She named him Tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap.
He tried to eat the bathtub,
But it wouldn't fit down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor.
The doctor called the nurse.
The nurse called the lady with the alligator purse.
In came the doctor.
In came the nurse.
In came the lady with the alligator purse.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; Ravenous ; Voracious

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00001970S

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