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Down by the Banks of the Hankity-Panky
(American Circle Game)
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"Down by the Banks" is a hand-clapping circle game…

Down by the Banks of the Hankity-Panky
Circle Game

Down by the Banks of the Hankity-Panky - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


Down by the banks of the hankity-panky,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank-y,
With the Eeps, Ipes, Opes, Ops,
Three alligators with a big ker-plop!
 
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The version in the mp3 ends as follows:

"Slides off the lily with a big ker-plop!"
 
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Notes

There are many versions of this song.

Aili wrote: "In Southern California I learned this ending: 'He missed the lily and he went ker-plop'."

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Bretta Gerhard wrote, "I was looking through your U.S. songs and I noticed some differences between the ones you have and the ones I know."

Here's one of the versions Bretta sent...

Down by the Banks of the Hanky-Panky

Down by the banks of the hanky-panky,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank-y,
Saying E, I, O, U,
East Side, West Side, Ping, Pong!

Game Instructions

The clapping game is played in a circle, with the right hand over the top of the left hand of the person to the right of you. Your left hand is under the right of the person left of you. You start the song, and one person hits the right hand of the person on their left, and that person does the same to the next and so on until the song is over. The last person to have their hand hit is out, and the game goes on. When you have two people left, you hold right hands together (sitting face to face) and pull back and forth in a sawing motion until the end of the song. Whoever has their elbow pulled back at the end is out, and the other is the winner!

Clapping goes as follows:
Down| by| the b|anks o|f the h|ank|ity-p|anky,
Wh|ere th|e b|ullfr|ogs j|ump fr|om b|ank to b|ank-y,
W|ith the E|eps, I|pes, O|pes, O|ps,
Thr|ee alli|ga|tors wi|th a b|ig k|er-p|lop!

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Jacque for contributing this song and explaining the game! Thanks to Bretta Gerhard for the alternate version of this song.

Many thanks to Heather Dixon for singing this song for Mama Lisa's World!

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