(Folk song)

We’re making a purple stew,
Whip whip whip whip,
Making a purple stew,
Shoobie doobie doo.

With purple potatoes,
And purple tomatoes,
And YOU in our purple stew!


  • Line 1 = Pretend to stir soup
  • Line 2 = Shake hips and alternate moving hands up and down.
  • Line 3 = same as line 1
  • Line 4 = Shimmy jazz hands down
  • Line 5 = One hand out to the side
  • Line 6 = Other hand out to the side
  • Line 7 = See game options below.


Version 1

Formation: Students stand in a circle with one student, who is “It” in the middle.

  • Students sing with motions.
  • Line 7 = On “YOU,” “It” points randomly to someone in the circle, who goes to the middle of the circle and becomes the new “It.”

Version 2

Formation: Either teacher or a student is the Leader.

  • Line 7 = After “YOU,” the Leader the name of a student, and everyone says “What are you gonna add to the purple stew?”
  • The student says, “A purple …..” (any noun)
  • That student can become the new Leader.

Recorder Notes D, E, G, A, B

See also


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

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