Elizabeth wrote, "There are a couple that I used to do hand claps to with my girlfriends growing up in the early 1970's out in California. I have no idea where we got them from."


Elizabeth wrote, "As soon as we said 'Chief' - we had to freeze and the first one to move got an Indian rug burn, tickled or another lovely treat while we sang the song again. I suppose that this one isn't PC but I think that a lot of the rhymes we knew weren't."


Here's a version Lila in 1st grade sent me:

I went to a Chinese restaurant to
Buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread,
The waiter asked me what my name is
And this is what I said, said, said,
My Name is L-I-L-I chicken-li chicken-li,
Extra cutie, pompom beauty,
I know karate, punch in the body,
Oops I'm sorry, don't tell Mommy,
Chinese, Japanese, Indian chief!


Honey wrote:

"I have been singing 'My Name is L I L I' in my head since 2nd grade (18 years ago) and nobody I know remembers it... It's been stuck in my head all day, so I thought I would key-word search it and found your site. However, my schools version was a little different as it goes:

My name is L I L I
Chickle I, Chickle I
Pom Pom Beauty, I'm A Cutie
Don't Like Whiskey, It's Too Frisky
Don't Like Pepsi, It's Too Sexy
Chinese, Japanese, Indian

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Elizabeth Brillhart Belcher for contributing this hand clapping rhyme. Thanks to Honey for sending an alternate version.

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