Say Say Oh Playmate


(Melody by Charles Leslie Johnson, 1904, Traditional Lyrics, Melody & Lyrics combined by Saxie Dowell)

Say say oh playmate,
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree.
Slide down my rain barrel
Into my cellar door
And we’ll be jolly friends
Forever more, more, more.

Say say oh playmate,
I cannot play with you.
My dolly’s got the flu,
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.
Ain’t got no rain barrel,
Ain’t got no cellar door,
But we’ll be jolly friends
Forever more, more, more.


C=Clap own hands
R=High five right hand with partner
L = High five left hand with partner
BHB = High five both partner’s hands with the back of hands
BHP = High five both partner’s hands with palms

Formation – Students facing partners

Hand-clapping on eighth notes:

  • Say say oh = C,C,C
  • playmate = R,C,L,C,C
  • (Repeat the following pattern until the end) 
    BHB,BHP, C,R,C,L,C,C
  • more, more, more = R,C,L,C,BHP


  • Song with chords & hand-clapping pattern (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song
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