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This version ends with a rumble instead of a shake

We're going to Kentucky
we're going to the fair
to see the senorita
with flowers in her hair.

Oh, shake it, shake it, shake it
shake it all you can
shake it like a milkshake
and do the best you can.

Oh, rumble to the bottom
rumble to the top
then turn around and turn around
until you make a STOP!

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Ray, California

17 July 2014 at 9:30pm

In the 1950's at my elementary school we played a game using this song similar to what Kim from Canada describes. We sang "As I was going to the country..." For "shake 'em, shake 'em, shake 'em, shake 'em if you can" the person in the center of the ring was supposed to shake his/her hips rhythmically." (Boys really didn't want to do this!) The game became so popular at our recess periods that almost the entire student body was participating and the circle of singers was huge. Teachers could not fathom the popularity.

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Rachel, United States

3 March 2013 at 7:54pm

I'm 17 now, but when i was like 5 or 6 i would do this dance/cheer camp and the song for us was "We're going to the country, we're going to the fair, to see the senorita with flowers in her hair. Shake it shake it shake it shake it all you can and if you can not shake it then do the best you can. Round round around she goes, where she stops nobody knows! (: Ahh i miss being a kid (;

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Britanie, United States

4 March 2012 at 1:50am

itoo learned this song in girl scouts but it was also alil different i dont think i like the version of shurt yr big fat mouth thats a bit rude for kids ... and it was her telling th ekids to dance not the kids telling her. going to kentucky the ol kentuck fair we met a senorita w/ flowers in her hair she says shake it baby bake it shake it if you can if you can not shake it do the best you can, rumba to the bottom rumba to the top gotta keep on shaking till i tell you stop!

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Ingrid, Canada

2 February 2012 at 4:28pm

Does anyone know the historical context of this song? I have been told it is actually very inappropriate but I don't really know why...are the children telling the senorita to "shake it"? Is there something else I'm missing behind these words?

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Lydia, Uganda

30 January 2012 at 7:46am

I used to sing this song when I was a little girl, just about six or seven. I wanted to sing it to my sons but I didn't know the lyrics. I decided to google using the few words that made sense to me (shake it shake it shake it....) and wow, I found it! Now we're gonna have fun shaking it. Thanks for keeping those nursery songs and rhymes alive!

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Tanya, United States

9 January 2012 at 8:35pm

My friend taught me this song when we were going to a fair in kentuky

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Jackson, Mexico

9 January 2012 at 12:53am

I am in 4th grade and me and all of my friends love the song

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Rose, France

9 January 2012 at 12:26am

I sang this song when I was a little girl

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Lucy, Bahamas

8 January 2012 at 7:15pm

I love the song!

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Cjo, United States

17 December 2011 at 10:57pm

While playing with my sweet grandbabies,something jarred my memory about this playground song we did in the seventies. We played it like kim from canada but took turns being it in the middle until everyone had a turn to shake it. THEN...we kept adding to the middle. We probably did it that way to take up the whole recess.

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Yadira And Willene, United States

29 November 2011 at 2:31am

From where we are from it's like: Were going to kentucky, were going to the fair, to see the seniorita with flowers in her hair, oh shake it senorita, shake it all about, and turn around and turn around until you make a stop. To the east, to the west, who you like the best? To the north, to the south, shut you big fat mouth. S-T-O-P spells stop

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Karen, Australia

29 October 2011 at 11:56am

i had a different version here is Australia: "we're going to the city, we're going to the square, to see a senorita with flowers in her hair. So shake it baby shake it, shake it all you can, shake it like a milkshake and drink it if you can. Ruble to the bottom and rumble to the top, turn around and turn around and turn until you drop." such a good song!, i was taught it as a vocal warm up when i was in choir in primary school

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Gretchen, United States

15 August 2011 at 6:44pm

We learned this a little differently too. "We're going to Kentucky, We're going to the fair, to see the senoritas with flowers in her hair, So shake it, shake it, Shake it all you can, but if you cannot shake it then do the best you can. Oh round and round and round she goes where she stops nobody knows!" This is how we chose who was it for tag.

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Taewaun, United States

9 July 2011 at 8:58pm

the words are different from i know it cuz my teacher taught us to say and turn around and until u make a stop and to the the north to the east to the south who u like the best and then u say shut ur big fat mouth and the person ur pointing at comes in with u

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Kim, Canada

12 June 2011 at 2:02am

I learned the song a bit differently at Girl Guide camp..... We're going to Kentucky, We're going to the fair, To see the senioritas With purple underwear - Woo! (turn with backsides facing in the circle and pretend to flip up skirt when saying woo) Shake it baby shake it, Shake it all you can, Shake it like a milkshake and Pour it in a can (make the motions of pouring something into a can/cup) Round and Round and Round she goes, Where she stops nobody knows. (When singing the last part the person in the centre who is "it" spins around and around until the song is done and who ever she's pointing at that person joins her in the centre. The song is sung over and over until everyone is in the middle)

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Unknown, United States

19 May 2011 at 9:24pm

My teacher taught me the game! its awesome!

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Muriel, Ireland

11 February 2011 at 1:52am

Happy happy memories from St Comgalls PS in the 70's of singing this during break. We always sang rumble to the bottom, rumble to the top (with actions) which now on trying to do is more like grumble to the bottom!

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Jennie, Akron, Ohio, Usa

30 August 2010 at 2:20am

i used to sing it: going to ketntucky the old kentucky fair to see the senoritas with the flowers in their hair shake it, shake it, shake it shake it all you can all the boys are watching you so shake it all you can point to the east point to the west point to the one you like the best while eyes closed, this is how we would pick the next "it" person for games

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Tracie, Louisville, Ky

19 August 2010 at 5:16pm

My kindergarteners LOOOVE singing and moving to this song! I teach it to them each year when the KY State Fair comes to town.

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Jared, Coral Springs, Fl

26 July 2010 at 12:39am

My daughter loves this song.

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