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Thread #67001   Message #2414125
Posted By: GUEST,Jonathan
14-Aug-08 - 07:19 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (Rolf Harris)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
It is my belief that the young children's song "Ram Sam Sam"
is Hebrew having originated in the early days of the State of Israel in kindergartens or youth groups.

My evidence is only that I heard of people who first learned it in Israel and I think I see a correspondance between the song-actions used and the approximate meaning of the words assumed to be infant versions of Hebrew words.

It goes with the actions:

Ram (Height)   -lift hands high
Sam (Put)      -place hands down
Sam (Put)      -place hands down
Gooli-Gooli-Gooli_Gooli (from Hebrew Galgel or gilgool meaning to roll or circle) - circle the hands around one another


I really like the extra bit Rolf Harris added on the end - I had his Best of Rolf Harris album, but it seems to have gone astray so thanks for the poster of the Rolf Harris original lyrics.

A ram sam summertime and sing with us a song,
about the brotherhood of everybody underneath the sun
If you come sam summertime and sing with us a song,
Understanding one another can be fun fun fun.
Try to learn the other fella's language,
Talk the other fella's tongue,
Sing the other fella's folk songs,
Learn about the way the other man lives

Learn about the worlds religions,
See how they compare with yours,
Learn about the worlds wild creatures,
Learn about the way the other man lives X5
Try to learn the other fella's language,
Talk the other fella's tongue,
Sing the other fella's folk songs,
Learn about the way the other man lives

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I don't think there is any connection to ging gang gooli gooli other than a co-incidental similarity of the repeated words "gooli gooli".