Hokey Cokey ...


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Firstly called an ice cream cone ... In Scotland though it was christened a 'Pokey Hat' and will forever remain so ...




Hi Folks,


While checking out the 'net today I came across some Nutty Scottish Folk involved in 'The Hokey Cokey' ... Now, if you don't know what that is just enjoy the video and have a decco at the undernoted explanation. Who says the Scots are *dour* and don't know how to enjoy themselves ???

* dour * is pronounced Do-err...

The Origins and Meaning ......

According to one account, in 1940, during the Blitz in London, a Canadian officer suggested to Al Tabor, a British bandleader of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s that he write a party song with actions similar to "Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree". The inspiration for the song's title, "The Hokey Pokey", that resulted, came from an ice cream vendor whom Al had heard as a boy, calling out "Hokey pokey penny a lump. Have a lick make you jump". He changed the name to "The Hokey Cokey" at the suggestion of the officer who said that 'hokey cokey', in Canada, meant 'crazy' and would sound better. A well known lyricist/songwriter/music publisher of the time, Jimmy Kennedy, reneged on a financial agreement to promote and publish it, and finally Al settled out of court, giving up all rights to the number. There had been many theories and conjectures about the meaning of the words "Hokey Pokey", and of their origin. Some scholars attributed the origin to the Shaker song Hinkum-Booby which had similar lyrics and was published in Edward Deming Andrews' A gift to be simple in 1960: (p. 42).

" A song rendered ("with appropriate gestures") by two Canterbury sisters while on a visit to Bridgewater, N.H. in 1857 starts thus:
I put my right hand in,
I put my right hand out,
In out, in out.
shake it all about.
As the song continues, the "left hand" is put in, then the "right foot," then the "left foot," then "my whole head."
...Newell gave it the title, "Right Elbow In," and said that is was danced " deliberately and decorously...with slow rhythmical motion."
Before the invention of ice cream cones, ice cream was often sold wrapped in waxed paper and known as a hokey-pokey (possibly a corruption of the Italian ecco un poco - "here is a little") An Italian ice cream street vendor was called a hokey-pokey man.

and Honest to goodness I swear that there is nothing like walking along the street on a glorious day 'sooking' on a pokey hat - yummmmm!!


Cheers from Scotland, Love Kate xxx.