Buy a Penny Ginger

Lyrics

(Jamaican folk song)

Buy a penny ginger
Pung it in the mortar,
Buy a penny ginger
Pung it in the mortar,
Doon-ak-a, doon-ak-a, doo-kay.

Game

On the steady beat, students pile their hands on top of other students’ hands on a table. Once all hands have been stacked, students shrug their shoulders so the pile of hands pulses up and down to the beat. On the last phrase, the beat gets faster, until the last word, all hands go up in the air. (The original version has the students pushing each other’s chests to try to knock them over.)

See also

YouTube

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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