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Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (Rolf Harris)

15 Feb 04 - 11:59 AM (#1116380)
Subject: a ram sam sam
From: GUEST,ann

i would love the words to A Ram Sam Sam as sung by Rold Harris on his best of album can anyone help


15 Feb 04 - 12:09 PM (#1116382)
Subject: Lyr Add: A RAM SAM SAM
From: Sorcha

Is it the same as this one?
    A RAM SAM SAM

    A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
    Gooli gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
    A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
    Gooli gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

    A rafi a rafi
    Gooli gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
    A rafi a rafi
    Gooli gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

Actions:

Ram sam sam: prop yourself up and bounce your backside on the floor three times
Gooli gooli...: drum your feet on the floor
A rafi: wave arms in the air
Repeat the song a number of times, getting faster and faster. Or alternatively, the song can be sung in a four-part round!

http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Glade/8851/s3_5.htm


15 Feb 04 - 12:40 PM (#1116395)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam
From: PennyBlack

I remember my lad singing the following words to the same tune

a pizza hut a pizza hut
kentucky fried chicken and a a pizza hut

a pizza hut a pizza hut
kentucky fried chicken and a a pizza hut

McDonalds, McDonalds,
kentucky fried chicken and a a pizza hut

McDonalds, McDonalds,
kentucky fried chicken and a a pizza hut


16 Feb 04 - 05:14 AM (#1116796)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam
From: Dave Hanson

Bleedin gibberish if ask me.
eric


16 Feb 04 - 05:57 AM (#1116814)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I know the same as Sorcha except without repeating each "verse"
The two "verses" work together as a partner song. Very good for teaching introductory harmony to 7-year olds!
(I first learned this in Girl Scouts)
Allison


16 Feb 04 - 09:26 AM (#1116956)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam
From: Roger the Skiffler

I seem to remember (in Old Codger mode again) the Spinners used to do this and claimed it was Aramaic! Quite good to get audiences joining in.

RtS


16 Feb 04 - 10:52 AM (#1116989)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam
From: GUEST

definitely not any of these, being a guider i know them - this one i want is a pretty cool version and it is a proper song which sounds absolutley lovely, i would really ;love the words for it
ann


16 Feb 04 - 11:01 AM (#1116998)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam
From: ReeBop

I learned this with both "ramm samm samm" and "Pizza Hut"

We would do it at the table (like in the cafeteria at lunchtime) with ourhands. Like this:

a - fists on table, thumbs up
ramm - thumbs on table
samm: index and middle fingers on table
samm: index and pinkie fingers on table
REPEAT
keep going through the goolies same beat
A Rafi - life hands up together and beat them down on "fi" x2
then back to the fingers thing to the end...

then we would do it again getting faster and faster until our hands hurt...it was also really fun to get the opposite sides of the tables to do each part at a different time like a round.

Drove the lunch ladies nuts.

RB


17 Feb 04 - 02:36 AM (#1117503)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam - Rolf Harris version?
From: Joe Offer

Hi, Ann - I added Rolf Harris' name to the thread title. Maybe that will bring an answer. I take it you mean "rolf" and not "rold."
-Joe Offer-


17 Feb 04 - 04:43 AM (#1117551)
Subject: RE: a ram sam sam - Rolf Harris version?
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar

In Rise Up Singing the credit says "trad - Morocco".
I have a sheet somewhere I got at a course in Tennessee 5 years ago, that has six or seven verses of American food chains!


22 Feb 05 - 02:27 PM (#1417716)
Subject: Lyr Add: A RAM SAM SAM
From: GUEST,South Africa

A RAM SAM SAM

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

Harabi, Harabi,
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
Harabi, Harabi,
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

Harabi, Harabi,
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
Harabi, Harabi,
Hari gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

Wooooooooo Woooooo oooh yeah
gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam
Wooooooooo Woooooo oooh yeah
gooli gooli gooli gooli ram sam sam

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 tounge,
Sing the other fella's folk songs,
Learn about the way the other man lives

Learn about the world's 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


28 Feb 05 - 11:01 PM (#1423529)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Jim Dixon

Rolf Harris did indeed record A RAM SAM SAM. It's on "Best of Rolf Harris," Disky CD #85633, 2001. There's a sound sample at allmusic. He does seem to be singing it as a round, either by overdubbing his own voice, or with a background chorus--I can't tell.


28 Feb 05 - 11:37 PM (#1423545)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Azizi

Is this song the basis for or connected to this children's song that I've heard in the United States [I'm guessing on some of the words and writting them phonetically}:


Ging gang gooli gooli gooli gooli
whatcha ging gang gool ging gang gool
Ging gang gooli gooli gooli gooli
whatcha ging gang gool ging gang gool
Hey la Hey la shayla
Hey la shayla
Hey la shay-a-lah
Hey la shayla
Hey la shay-a-lah

repeat [sung as a round]


Any information will be appreciated.
Azizi


28 Feb 05 - 11:51 PM (#1423553)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Azizi

See this Mudcat Ging Gang Goolee Thread

However, I'm still wondering if these two children's songs have the same source.


01 Mar 05 - 12:10 AM (#1423561)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Azizi

BTW, I doubt that this A Ram Sam Sam song is connected with
the calypsonian Ram Goat songs. But it's a thought...


17 Nov 05 - 04:02 PM (#1607493)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,igelwelch

Ging Gang Gooli was a song created for the first scouts world jamboree

http://www.geocities.com/tradscouting/page801.html


14 Aug 08 - 07:19 PM (#2414125)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,Jonathan

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

--

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".


05 Sep 09 - 06:07 PM (#2717030)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,bubbles

Ging Gang Gooli was created by Robert Baden Powell for the Boy Scouts for their World Jamboree. The idea behind it is that the words mean nothing so it didn't matter what language you spoke, you could still sing this song.

A Ram Sam Sam: I have heard that this song was an African prayer (I'm guessing this is wrong if it is a Moroccan folk song)... I am wondering if anyone knows how it is meant to be sung? We used to sing it fast and silly with actions, but after we heard it was meant to be a prayer we started singing it slowly and actually singing it, versus chanting.

Thanks


06 Sep 09 - 08:46 AM (#2717407)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: goatfell

according to the spinners from Liverpool, this song comes from the holy lands and it is around 2009 years old, so Jesus could of sang it.


06 Sep 09 - 10:32 AM (#2717447)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: jeffp

I helped my fiancee's daughter record this with 22 other songs with her Girl Scout troop to pass on to the younger scouts and keep the Girl Scout songs alive. So if you have a daughter in Girl Scouting in Maryland, I do apologize.


09 Mar 10 - 10:49 AM (#2860102)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,Robin

A ram sam sam
A ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli
ram sam sam.
A raffi, a raffi.
Guli guli guli guli guli
ram sam sam

As I remember,
Robin


09 Mar 10 - 10:55 AM (#2860108)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Mr Happy

Says here it originated in Morocco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO8Vtl3xfyM


10 Mar 10 - 08:36 AM (#2860932)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Monique

I've seen it mentioned as a Moroccan song too. "Guli" means "say" in Arabic but I don't remember the meaning of "a raffi" (or however it's spelled).


16 Dec 11 - 04:50 PM (#3275072)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,australia2

I've always loved that song in Rolph's rendition.
Somewhere I have it on an old audio cassette.
They are very appropriate words for the world now.
Googling 'A Rum Sum Sum' brings up lots of hits for the basic 'chant' with actions - for kiddies.
I don't know who wrote the thought provoking lyrics as written above.
'Learn the other fellas folk songs ..' etc.
Laurie. Melbourne, Australia.


07 Oct 15 - 04:10 PM (#3742338)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,Anne

not raffi, but rather rafiq- friend or companion.


21 Aug 16 - 05:21 AM (#3806037)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,CJB

See

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/d5d3cibas5nk1/The_Spinners


21 Aug 16 - 05:51 AM (#3806044)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,CJB

It was first sung by The Spinners on the LP 'Folk at the Phil!' issued in 1964.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=aram+sa+sa+spinners+folk

If anyone has the cover or liner then the notes would probably have more info.


21 Aug 16 - 06:08 AM (#3806047)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Senoufou

Rolf Harris is still on Youtube with this song. Lovely version... BUT
I can't listen to him now without reflecting that he's now in prison for being a paedophile.


21 Aug 16 - 07:59 AM (#3806053)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: Steve Shaw

I want to erase him completely from my brain hard drive. His continuing arrogance and lack of remorse are far too hard to take.


21 Aug 16 - 08:20 AM (#3806056)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Ram Sam Sam (from Rolf Harris)
From: GUEST,Senoufou

I suspect he's in total denial and sees himself as a victimised good guy. Several of these ex-celebrity child abusers have an amazing capability for self-delusion. Horrible horrible man.