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Thread #102055   Message #2090526
Posted By: Azizi
29-Jun-07 - 08:35 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Subject: RE: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Hey, Natasha!

I've collected versions of the handclap rhyme "I Don't Want To Go To Mexico" from African American children {mostly school age girls ages 6-12 years} though school age boys also know it. Up to about age 8 years boys wouldn't mind showing me how to do the handclap routine that "goes with" for this "song". But after that age, most boys say that these songs and handclaps {the performance activity} are for girls*.

I've also collected examples of this rhyme from various Internet sites-including my own website Cocojams. See this page of that website for more examples and commentary:

* I found that {elementary] school age boys will, however, join in {but not usually start} competitive handclaps like "Strolla Ola Ola"{"Stella Ella Ola" and other such names}.

See this Mudcat thread about that rhyme thread.cfm?threadid=77066 "Kids chant Stella Ola Ola / Stella Ella Ola"