Eenie Meenie Sicileeny – Hand Clapping Rhyme

My daughter just taught me the version below of the hand clapping rhyme Eenie Meenie Sicileeny

Eenie Meenie Sicileeny

Eenie meenie sicileeny,
Ooh ah zambalini,
Achi cachi Liberace,
I love you,
Take a peach,
Take a plum,
Take a stick of bubble gum,
Not a peach,
Not a plumb,
Not a stick of bubble gum.

Saw you with your boyfriend last night
How do you know?
Peaked through the window
Nosy
Didn’t do the dishes
Lazy
Ate all the cookies
Greedy!
Jumped out the window
Must be crazy!
That’s why I call you this!
(Repeat song)

My daughter is trying to learn how to play the hand clapping game so she can play it with the other kids in school. If anyone can help out with the actions, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks! Mama Lisa

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33 Responses to “Eenie Meenie Sicileeny – Hand Clapping Rhyme”

  1. Alexandra Says:

    I know a few different versions of this.

    The first goes something like this-

    Leader: Vee
    Group: Vee
    Leader: Vee-vye
    Group: Vee-vye
    Leader: Vee-vye voh
    Group: Vee-vye voh
    Leader: Vista
    Group: (gasps loudly as if shocked)

    Group: Oh, no, no, no, not the vista! (x2)

    Group:
    Eany-meany saula-meany
    Oh, walla-walla meany,
    Eany-meany saula-meany
    Oh, walla wah.

    Group:
    Ish-bidley otten-dotten
    Bo-bop ah deeten-dotten,
    Ish-bidley otten-dotten
    Bo-bop ah DEE!

    The second one was a bit different and worked fantastic for camp with all the bugs everywhere!

    Leader: Flea
    Group: Flea
    Leader: Flea fly
    Group: Flea fly
    Leader: Flea, fly, m’squito
    Group: (starts pretending to scratch all over)

    Leader: Cal-a-mine, cal-a-mine, cal-a-mine lo-tion
    Group: Cal-a-mine, cal-a-mine, cal-a-mine lo-tion
    Leader: Oh! No! Not the cal-a-mine lotion!
    Group: Oh! No! Not the cal-a-mine lotion!

    Leader: Itchy-itchy scratchy-scratchy got one on my backy-backy
    Group: Itchy-itchy scratchy-scratchy got one on my backy-backy
    Leader: Quick! Grab the bug-spray! I think he went that-a-way! (points, usually upwards to the right)
    Group: Quick! Grab the bug-spray! I think he went that-a-way!

    All: (makes long “sh” sound, pretending to spray the bug-spray left-to-right)

    Leader: (tempo slows)Calamine, calamine, calamine lo-tion

    The Calamine Lotion song as it was called, I learned at Arthritis Camp by the Arthritis Foundation at camp Wamatachik (I’ll be darned if I spelled that correctly). It was such a great time to be able to get away from the daily life of an ill child and be able to go to camp! Of course, the two gallon-size zip-lock bags of medications plus the methotrexate injections followed me there, along with the cane and walker, but a week without doctor appointments? Whoohoo! I’m sure the song’s been around a long time and around many campfires, but I just wanted to give them some credit anyways.

    You have quite a lovely site, by the way. I am 13 and hoping to learn some basic Spanish over the summer holiday, and have found that I have an easier time learning if I incorporate what I’m trying to learn into songs or rhymes. I came across your site and am very excited to start learning some of the nursery rhymes on your sites.

    God bless you, Mama Lisa,
    Alexandra

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for posting those rhymes Alex! That’s a great idea for learning Spanish! If there are any songs on my site that don’t have mp3’s, you can check YouTube for videos and use the lyrics from Mama Lisa’s World. Let me know if you happen to find any good ones!

    Best wishes,

    Mama Lisa

  3. Toniann Says:

    The hand movements are: get a partner, Put your hands together, hit them back and forth twice, then stop, clap your hands, hit your partners hand above your left hand, using your right hand, clap again, hit your partners hand under your left hand, hold hands, then take your left hand, hit your partners hand under your right hand, hold hands, hit your right leg 2 times, then using your right hand, snap two times next to your head in the air, using your right hand, then slap your partners hand while your partners hand is slapping yours twice, then point at each other with right hand. Then continue on with the song repeating these movements.

  4. Lisa Yannucci Says:

    Thanks Toniann! I also found this video below explaining how to do the hand motions. Is that how you do it?

  5. Nia Says:

    I know another one I’m in middle school so it’s a bit more mean lol. Ennie meenie sicaleeny oh ah zambilini achi bachi liburache I hate u! take a peach take a plumb take a stick of bubble gum not a peach not a plumb but a stick of bubble gum saw u with ur bf last night staring at the ppl nosy didn’t flush the toilet nasty (repeat to I hate u) then whoever says I hate u and points first wins

  6. Alex Says:

    I sing
    Ernie meanie sicaleni
    Achi achi liberachi
    I love u

    Take a peach
    take a plum
    Take a stick of bubble gum

    No peach
    No plum
    No stick of bubble gum

    Saw u with ur bf last night
    How do u know?
    Peekin through ur window
    nosy
    Didn’t do the dishes
    lazy
    Didn’t wash it hands
    Nasty
    Jumped out the windowing be crazy!!
    That’s y I cal u…..!
    (then repeat)

  7. cassandra Says:

    i really like to thank you because you helped me and my friends. we usually just played the first verse over and over but thanks to you we dont have to so thank you so so much have a wonderful thanksgiving!!!!!! bye bye

  8. Alyssa Says:

    this is how I learned it at school:

    Eenie meenie sicileeny
    boo bop bop berenie
    education liberation
    we are cool

    take a peach
    take a plum
    take a strip of bubble gum

    not a peach
    not a plum
    not a strip of bubble gum

    Saw you last night with your boyfriend
    how do you know?
    peeked through the window
    nosy

    didn’t do the dishes
    lazy

    and that’s why the call me

    Eenie meenie sicileeny
    boo bop bop berenie
    education liberation
    we are cool
    (for the top part we try to go as fast as we can)

    the hand motions:
    put hands together
    go left, right, left and stop straight ahead of you
    do not move your left hand but take your right hand so you “clap” it
    go up (hitting the other person’s hand)
    go down (hitting your hand)
    and go down again (hitting the other person’s hand again)
    grab the person’s hand with your right hand
    grab the person’s hand with your left hand (not moving your right hand)
    take your right hand and hit your waist (twice and not letting go of your left hand)
    snap with your right hand (twice and still not letting go of your left hand)
    hit the other person’s hand ( ” )
    clap and repeat

  9. Anoushka Says:

    I’ve always known: Eeny meenie sicilini
    Ooh ah zombilini
    Atchi gatchi liberace I love you
    Take a peach take a poch take a stick
    of bubble gum
    No peach no poch no stick of bubble gum
    Saw you with your boyfriend last night
    How do I know? Looked out the window
    NOSY!Didn’t flush the toilet NASTY! Didn’t do your homework LAZY!
    Jumped out the window MUST BE CRAZY!
    That’s why they call me *repeat*

  10. Tiffany Says:

    I’m in middle school, and I know: Eenie meenie sicileeny oo ah no combileeny hatchy gratchy liberachie I love you. Take a peach, take a plum, take a stick of bubblegum. No peach, no plum, no stick of bubblegum. I saw you with your boyfriend lastnight. How do you know? I peeked through your window. NOSY. I ate all the doughnuts. GREEDY. I didn’t flush the toilet. NASTY. I jumped out the window. CRAZY. And that’s why they call me: Eenie meenie sicileeny oo ah no combileeny hatchy gratchy liberatchie I love you.

  11. Steph Says:

    Eeny meeny gypsoleeny
    Ooh bop bopoleeny
    Achi cachi Liberace
    I love you, tutti fruity
    Down down baby
    Down by the roller coaster
    Sweet sweet baby
    Never gonna let you go
    Shimmy shimmy co co pop, tutti fruity
    Caught ya with your boyfriend, naughty naughty
    Won’t give some candy, greedy greedy
    Won’t do the dishes, lazy lazy
    Jump out the window, crazy crazy
    Eeny meeny gypsoleeny
    Ooh bop bopoleeny
    Achi cachi Liberace
    I love you, tutti fruity

  12. A Says:

    This is how I learned it even though I don’t remember some:

    Eenie meenie sicileeny
    ooh op bopalini
    icy icy lemon icy
    I love you
    pick a peach
    pick a plum
    pick a stack of bubble gum
    no peach
    no plum
    no stack of bubble gum
    hanging on a roller coaster
    crazy
    don’t do the dishes
    lazy
    hanging with your boyfriend all night
    …… day and night

    The “……” part is where I don’t remember.

  13. Fatima Says:

    eenie meenie sicileeni ooh ah zombilini achi gachi liberachi i💛u
    Eat a peach eat a plumb chew a stick of bubble gum no more peach no more plum no more sticks of bubble gum saw u with your boy friend how did u see?watched u through your window nosy didn’t do the dishes lazy didn’t take a shower smelly jumped out the window crazy that’s why they call me eenie meeni sicileeni ooh ah zombilini achi Bach liberachi i💛u!!!

  14. bhiuhil Says:

    This is how i learned it

    eni mini secolini oops i tamalini achi achi laborati i love you. take a peach take a plumb take a stick of bubble gum no peach no plumb no stick of bubble gum saw you with my friend last night how would i know peeking through the peek hole nooosy didn’t do the dishes laaazy ate a box of candy greeedy jumped out the window gong gong crazy that’s why they call me eni mini secolini oops i tamalini achi achi laborati i love you.

  15. izzy Says:

    I know one!
    eenie meenie sisaleenie
    ooo ah liverachi
    achi achi bumbolini
    take a peach
    take a plum
    take a stick of bubblegum
    no peach
    no plum
    no stick of bubblegum
    slept with my best friend laast night
    how did you know
    peeked through the peep hole
    didn’t flush the toilet,
    nasty!
    didn’t do the dishes
    lazy!
    jumped out a window
    must be crazy!
    thats why they call me…
    *start from begining*

  16. Mama Virgie Says:

    Eenie meanie, gyspya leanie, ooh ah cumbaleanie, atchee, cachie, Liberace I Love You
    Take a peach, take a plum, take a piece of bubble gum
    No peach, no plum, just a piece of bubble gum
    My momma told me to pick this one right over here.

  17. Sugar Says:

    I remember it as
    eenie meanie sisaleenie oo ah oo walla beanie achie gotchie liberachie ily I wish I had a nickel I wish I had a dime I wish I had a bf who would love me all the time I’d make him do the dishes then sweep the floor and whenever he was done I would knock him out the door bang bang

  18. Hoodle Says:

    Eenie meenie Pepsi-Cola
    Ooh Bop bop shamini
    Education celebration
    I love you, tutti fruity
    Down down baby
    Down by the roller coaster
    Sweet sweet Suzie
    No place to go
    Shamrock shamrock shake sham shamrock
    Caught ya with your boyfriend, naughty naughty
    Wouldn’t give me candy, greedy greedy
    Didn’t do the dishes, lazy lazy
    Jumped out the window, crazy crazy
    Eenie meenie Pepsi-Cola
    Ooh Bop bop shamini
    Education celebration
    I love you, tutti fruity

  19. Alex Says:

    I learned it this way!

    Eenie meenie sicilini
    ooh bop bop alinie
    Hachi Pachi limerachi
    i like you
    pick a peach
    pick a plum
    not a stick of bubble gum
    not a peach
    not a plum
    just a stick of bubble gum
    i saw your boyfriend
    how’d you know?
    peaking through a keyhole
    nosy!
    didn’t do the dishes
    lazy!
    sitting on a baby
    now you think i’m crazy
    eenie meenie sicilini
    ooh bop bop alini
    Hachi Pachi limerachi
    i like you!

  20. Marlymakk Says:

    I learned this version in around 1963. We had 9 girls on my block in NE Ohio.
    No summer camp needed.
    Here goes.
    Clapping Game

    Eenie beanie pepsodini
    Ah Bah boob a lini
    Hachi pachi Liberace
    And his brother George
    Have a peach
    Have a plum
    Have a half a stick of chewing gum
    And if you want a little less
    This is what you say
    Amen amen
    A man diego San Diego
    Hocus pocus dominocus
    Rah rah siss boom bah
    Yayyyyyyyy team!

  21. Patrick Says:

    I learned it as a way to choose people for truth or dare in the 60s in California

    Eeriie meany chili beanie
    Ooh ga gobilini
    Otchy potchy boomilachy
    Out goes y-o-u

  22. Lisa Says:

    This is probably the longest I’ve ever seen a blog entry be open! (And the little girl you asked for this for is all grown up!)

    Girl Scout camp Southern CA, circa 1962 and 1963. I found this site because the lyrics– what I remember– are stuck in my head! The speller in me cringes, but here it is, more or less phonetically:

    Leader: Fee
    Group: Fee
    Leader: Fee Fi
    Group: Fee Fi
    Leader: Fee Fi Fo
    Group: Fee Fi Fo
    Leader: Fee Fi Fo…VISTA!
    Group: Vista
    Leader: Vista
    Group: Vista
    Group: Vista
    Leader; Oh no no no not the Vista
    Group: Oh no no no not the Vista
    Leader: Eenie meenie decimeeni ooh ock a walla meenie
    Otchie kotchie Liberace ooh ock a wah
    Group: Eenie meenie decimeeni ooh ock a walla meenie
    Otchie kotchie Liberace ooh ock a wah
    Leader: Ish kiddely otten botten bo bo ski watter dotten why not
    SHHHHHH!
    Group: Ish kiddely otten botten bo bo ski watter dotten why not
    SHHHHHH!

  23. Kerri Says:

    I learned it like:

    Eenie meanie pepsidini
    Ooh bop bop a lini
    Education, liberation , I love you
    Tutti Fruity down down
    Down by the rollercoaster
    Sweet, sweet baby never gonna let you go
    Shimmy bop, shimmy bop, shimmy shimmy shimmy bop
    Catch ya with your boyfriend-naughty naughty
    Eat a piece of candy- greedy greedy
    Don’t do the dishes -lazy lazy
    Jump out the window- crazy crazy
    Eenie meanie pepsidini
    Ooh bop bopolini
    Education liberation I love you

  24. John M. Says:

    Hi there, the version I heard, when I was growing up, went like this:

    eeney-meeny disellini ooh-ah-ah bellini cata-catcha ooh-ah ooh-ah ooh

  25. Dani Says:

    I learned this version:

    Eenie meanie bobsilini ooh bop bop silini
    Education, liberation, I love you
    Down down baby, don’t shake the rollercoaster
    Sweet sweet baby, no place to go
    Caught ya with your boyfriend – naughty naughty
    Eat a piece of candy – greedy greedy
    Jumped out the window – crazy crazy
    Won’t do the dishes – lazy lazy
    Peaking through the window – sneaky sneaky
    Missed the toilet – leaky leaky
    Eenie meanie bobsilini ooh bop bop silini
    Education, liberation I love you.

  26. Cassie Says:

    Circle mid 80’s in Wabash, Indiana

    Zig zig zig
    Eenie meanie dosaleani
    Oom bop bopalini
    Hatchi katchi Liberace
    I love you
    Take a peach
    Take a plum
    Take a stick of chewing gum
    No more school
    No more books
    No more teachers dirty looks
    Yeah

  27. Jen Tsimpris Says:

    In 1982 on my first grade playground in Richmond, VA, I learned this and it became my favorite hand-jive:

    Eenie meenie bops a-deenie
    Oop bop bops a-beenie
    Education, liberation, I love you
    Tutti frutti!
    Down down baby
    Down by the roller coaster
    Sweet sweet baby
    I’ll never let ya go
    Sham-a-rock, sham-a-rock
    Shammy shammy sham-a-rock
    Caught you with your boyfriend
    Naughty, naughty!
    Gimme piece a candy
    Greedy, greedy!
    Don’t do the dishes
    Lazy, lazy!
    Jump out the window
    Ya gotta be crazy!
    Eenie meenie bops a-deenie
    Oop bop bops a-beenie
    Education, liberation, I love you
    Tutti frutti!
    xxxooo

  28. Kate Says:

    I learned this from friends in 3rd or 4th grade in central Indiana, between 2005 and 2007.

    Eenie beenie bops a-leenie
    Oop bop bops a-leenie
    Education, liberation, I love you
    Down, down baby
    Down by the rollercoaster
    Sweet, sweet baby
    I will never let you go
    Saw you with your boyfriend,
    Naughty, naughty
    Stole a piece of candy,
    Greedy, greedy
    Didn’t do the dishes,
    Lazy, lazy,
    Jump out the window
    (loudly) CRAZY, CRAZY,

    before repeating.

    I have had an interest in the past in regional variations of card games, seeing a blog post about variations in kid’s hand games is so cool! I love that the post has been active for so long. What a wonderful archive. Thank you!

  29. Rosemary Says:

    Here is my version circa 1980s in Louisville, KY:

    Eeny meeny pepso-cheeny,
    Mmm bop bop shameeny,
    Education, operation,
    I love you, tutti fruity.
    Down down baby, down by the roller coaster,
    Sweet sweet baby, I’ll never let you go.
    Shamrock, shamrock, shimmy shimmy shamrock.
    Caught you with your boyfriend–naughty, naughty!
    Didn’t do the dishes–lazy, lazy!
    Jumped out the window–crazy, crazy!
    Stole a piece of candy–greedy, greedy!
    Eeny meeny pepso-cheeny,
    Mmm bop bop shameeny,
    Education, operation,
    I love you, TUTTI FRUITY!

    Such good memories. I can close my eyes and feel what it felt like to be alive at that time singing this rhyme. Oh to turn back time and relive it again!

  30. scott sokol Says:

    i learned it as-eeny meeny gypsolini you are thumbilini achi pachi liberace and i mean you.
    also i seem to remember that it started as- abalaba goobalaba goobalaba-etc
    i also seem to remember another verse that started with czechoslovakia boom then
    yugoslavia boom and so it went on.

  31. Suzi Beck Says:

    In the late 60s early 70s, I lived in Petersburg, Virginia, and the version I learned was:

    Eanie, meanie, hippoteeni
    Oh la thumbalina
    Hatchi, katchi Liberace
    I love you
    And I really do!

    We only say that part, and when you say “really, do” you kind of yell out and punctuate the word “do” and poke the other person. It’s crazy how many different versions there are!

  32. Patty Says:

    Born in 1977 in the northeast. This is the version I remember:

    Eenie meanie bobsilini
    ooh ah bopsilini
    Education, liberation
    I love you
    Tutti fruiti (clap, clap)
    Tutti fruiti (clap, clap)
    Shame, shame, shame
    I caught you with your boyfriend
    Naughty, naughty
    Didn’t do the dishes
    Lazy, lazy
    Stole a piece of candy
    Greedy, greedy
    Jumped out of the window
    Crazy, crazy
    Eenie meanie bobsilini
    ooh ah bopsilini
    Education, liberation
    I love you
    Tutti fruiti (clap, clap)
    Tutti fruiti (clap, clap)
    Just because I kissed ya
    Doesn’t mean I love ya
    Shimmy shimmy coco pop
    Shimmy shimmy pop!

  33. Tea Says:

    It’s so funny how everyone has slightly different lyrics!
    In the early 2000s when I learned it at day camp in NY it went like this:

    Eenie meanie sissaleenie
    Ooh ah bumbalini
    Achi gachi Liberace
    I love you
    Take a peach
    Take a plum
    Take a stick of bubblegum
    No peach
    No plum
    Just a stick of bubblegum
    Saw you with your boyfriend last night
    How do you know?
    Looked through the peephole NOSEY
    Ate a box of chocolate GREEDY
    Didn’t flush the toilet NASTY
    Jumped out the window, must be crazy!
    That’s why they call me
    Eenie meanie sissaleenie
    Ooh ah bumbalini
    Achi gachi Liberace
    I love you

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