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Q: Old children's song ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Old children's song
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: hippo-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 27 Jul 2003 17:08 PDT
Expires: 26 Aug 2003 17:08 PDT
Question ID: 235768
I used to play a game with my friends when we were kids.  You used to
clap hands and sing a song called "The spades go tow lips together,
twilights forever, bring back my love to me."  Can you help me find
the rest of the lyrics/verses?  Thank you.
Subject: Re: Old children's song
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 27 Jul 2003 17:52 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Here's a longer version of this hand-clapping song:

"The spades go
 Two lips together
 Twilight forever
 Bring back my love to me
 I love you one and only
 I love you personally
 And that's the story
 Of L-O-V-E love
 My heart goes
 Over the likes of you
 I saw the ship sail away
 It sailed a year and a day
 My love is far far away
 And I love him too
 Oh yes I do
 Cha cha cha
 Cross cross cross
 Pumpkin pie"

Post from rec.arts.sf.fandom newgroup

Here are some variations:

"The spades go two lips together, 
 Blood in the gutter, 
 Bring back my love to me.
 What is the meaning of all these flowers? 
 They tell the story, 
 The story of love from me to you, cha cha cha!"

Post from newgroup

"A spade is
 Two hearts in heaven
 Working together
 To bring back my true love to me
 What is the meaning
 Of all the flowers
 That tell the story
 The story of L-O-V-E
 The story of love..."

The Phrase Finder: Clapping Rhyme

"The spades go tulips together,
 Twilight forever,
 Bring back my love to me.
 What is the meaning 
 Of all these flowers?
 It is the meaning
 The meaning of love from me to you."

Post from rec.gardens newgroup

Here's a description of the hand motions associated with this song,
from the last newsgroup post linked above:

"In Brooklyn, the elementary school girls would play hand games at the
same time that they chanted a rhyme. Two girls would face each other,
then pat each other's hands in a particular pattern, which had to be
learned. There were several patterns, which were taught from girl to

For example, the right hand would face up and the left hand down for
the first pat. Then the girl would clap, and reverse the orientation
of the hands. Then both hands would face upwards, then outwards, etc.
The facing girl had to do the reverse motion so they could pat each
other's hands. Each pat was in time to the chanted rhyme.

The rhymes were nonsense verses, chanted in a singsong voice." 

Here's a variant that is quite different, but with some of the same

"I saw a ship sail away
 For a year a month and a day
 Now my love is far far away
 And that's the story of love from me to you. 
 What is the meaning of all these flowers?
 They tell the story,
 And that's the story of love from me to you. 
 Who shall I marry, Tom, Dick, or Harry? 
 I'll marry Tom, but he's in Vietnam. 
 I'll marry Dick, but he's too sick. 
 I'll marry Harry, that's who I'll marry. 
 And that's the story of love, from me to you. 
 Where shall we live? In tiny Spain or in... 
 Par-ra-ra-ri-ri, Par-ra-ra-ri-ri, Par-ra-ra-ri-ri-ri"

Dreams Do Come True

(It seems likely to me that the "Par-ra-ra-ri-ri" at the end of those
lyrics is the beginning of the word "Paris," since there was a
previous mention in the song of "Where shall we live" and "Spain.")

My Google search strategy:

Google Groups Search: "lips together" + "bring back my love"

I hope this brings back some memories! If anything is unclear, or if a
link doesn't work for you, please request clarification; I'll be glad
to offer further assistance before you rate my answer.

Best wishes,

Request for Answer Clarification by hippo-ga on 27 Jul 2003 19:01 PDT
Thank you so much...but the version I was looking for continued
with..My pinkies go rat tat tat tat tatetc..  where did you find these
lyrics?  Maybe I can continue...

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 27 Jul 2003 19:21 PDT
Many thanks for the five-star rating and the nice tip!

I couldn't find any lyrics with pinkies going rat tat tat, but this
sort of chant tends to have different words in different locations.
Maybe the pinkies were limited to your geographical area and period of
time. It appears that the most common feature of all the variants is
the "bring back my love to me" part. Everything else is subject to
change, but love stays stable!

hippo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank thank you thank you....

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