Say, Say My Playmate

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Information About Say, Say My Playmate

Say, Say My Playmate may be done as a clapping game. The hands start out joined, closed, or with pinkies linked together, as with most clapping games, then the players put their right hands together, clap once, left hands together, clap twice.

To make it slightly harder, the players can add the step putting together both hands, and then the backs of both hands. To make it easier, for younger children or those who have trouble with "cross lateral" movement (reaching across their bodies), the players can clap hands right to left and then left to right, in place of the first two steps.

The sheet music, including the hand motions, can be found here.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Shorter Version

Oh Johnny playmate
come out and play wiyh me
climb up my apple tree
slide down my rainbow
into my cellar door
and we'll be jolly friends
forever more more more!

Another Alternative

Oh little Playmate
come out and play with me
and bring your dollies three,
climb up my apple tree,
holler down my rainbarrel
slide down my cellar door
and we'll be jolly friends forever more.

No, no, no playmate, I cannot play with you
my dollies have the flu,
boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo,
ain't got no rain barrel,
ain't got no cellar door,
but we'll be jolly friends forever more.

A user suggested some spelling corrections:

Say, Say my playmate
Come out and play with me,
and bring your DOLLIES three
climb up my apple tree.

LOOK down my rain barrel,
slide down my cellar door,
and we'll be jolly friends,
forever more.

It was a sunny day,
she couldn't come out and play,
with tearful eyes I heard her say,.

So sorry playmate,
I cannot play with you,
my dolly's got the flu,
boo hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Ain't got no RAIN BARREL,
Ain't got no cellar door,
But we'll be jolly friends,
Forever more.

There are a few changes in the lyrics for this one

Oh Playmate, come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three.
Climb up my apple tree,
Look down my rain barrel
Slide down my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends forever more.

It was a rainy day, She couldn't come out to play,
With tearful eyes and tender sighs
I could hear her say:.

I'm sorry Playmate, I cannot play with you
My dollies have the flu,
Boo-hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.
Can't climb your rain barrel, [or: Ain't got no rain barrel]
Can't slide your cellar door [or: Ain't got no cellar door]
But we'll be jolly friends forever more.

A different take to one of the verses in the song:

It was a sunny day, she couldn't come out to play
With tears in her eyes I heard her sigh and then I heard her say,
'I'm sorry Playmate, I can't come out today
My dollie has the flu, boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
Can't climb your rain barrel, slide down your cellar door,
But we'll be jolly friends forevermore.

This version has an introductory verse

There's a catchy little tune a floatin' through the air,
You hear it here and there,
They sing it ev'ry where
How it started, where it started
seems nobody knows.
But what's the diff'rence where it came from,
here's the way it goes.

Oh PLAYMATE, come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three.
Climb up my apple tree,
Look down my rain barrel
Slide down my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends forever more.

It was a rainy day, She couldn't come out to play,
With tearful eyes and tender sighs
I could hear her say:.

I'm sorry Playmate, I cannot play with you
My dollies have the flu,
Boo-hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.
Can't climb your rain barrel, [or: Ain't got no rain barrel]
Can't slide your cellar door [or: Ain't got no cellar door]
But we'll be jolly friends forever more.

Similar to the original version

Say, say, oh playmate,
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three
Climb up my apple tree.

Shout down my rain barrel
Slide down my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends
Forever more more more more more.

Say, say, oh playmate
I cannot play with you
My dolly's got the flu
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.

Ain't got no rain barrel
Ain't got no cellar door
But we'll be jolly friends
Forever more more more more more.

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38 Comments

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Nana Etta & granddaughter Allie, United States

14 March 2014 at 10:19pm

Thank you so much! I just taught my granddaughter this song w/the claps. I could only remember the first verse of Say Say Oh Playmate....I am still amazed how fast she learned the song w/all the claps after only a few tries. Now she is teaching the kids at her daycare/pre-school...she is only 4. I know I didn't learn the song w/claps even close to as fast as she did. When we saw all the lyrics & different versions & how it came to be & now we have it al...l thanks to you! We are both veru happy & can't wait to learn the other verses, other versions & so on!!! Thank you, Sincerely, Nana Etta & Allie

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Caitlyn, Australia

27 November 2013 at 1:05am

I used to sing a different one again: "CC my playmate I cannot play with you My sister's down the loo With germs and measles too Slide down the rainbow And into jolly land Where we'll be jolly friends forever More more out the door"

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Audrey, United States

12 September 2013 at 3:15am

Nice song I sang it over and over a gain

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Kaelahh, United States

28 December 2012 at 5:26pm

This song also appeared in the flash horror game: Cellar Door.

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Shari, United States

28 November 2012 at 5:08am

I loved this song as a kid. Been trying for years to find the words am glad I found this sight.

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Zara, Pakistan

11 November 2012 at 7:13pm

asalamualakum my name is zara nice song

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Mureen, United States

10 June 2012 at 9:13pm

3rd verse: Say say oh playmate. I can now play with you My dollie's over the flue. Yahoo, yahoo, yahoo. Slide down your rain barrel, into your cellar door. And we'll be jolly friends, forever more, more, more,more more!

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Barbra, United States

20 March 2012 at 11:53pm

my mom this song to my sisters and I. We also sang a version that went, 'say say oh hippie, come out and play with me, and bring your LSD...I dont know any other words after that. LOL children of the 70's!

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Stan Mera, United States

13 March 2012 at 8:31am

Actually my grandmother who lived to be 100 years old and passed away April 11, 2009 told me once before that the song was based on the Spanish Influenza. Back then she told me that people in England(?) used to call their baby brother or sister dolly and that the lyrics talk about the flu and the reason why the person is crying is because their dolly (brother or sister) died and the person cannot come out to play because the house is under lock down because of the Spanish flu.

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Billie, Australia

1 February 2012 at 3:12am

It never went like that when i was going to school.... see see, my play mate i cannot play with you my sisters got the flu and the german measles too i flushed her down the loo in 1982 over the mountains where all the bunnies hop i like to play alot four four, triple o score open up the doggie door

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Audrey, United Kingdom

26 January 2012 at 12:48am

We sang a different version again Come on my playmate, Come out and play with me. Under my apple tree, And bring your dollies three. Slide down my drainpipe, Chap on my cellar door, And we'll be jolly friends for ever more. No, no my playmate, I cannot okay with you, My dolly's got the flu, Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo. Aint got no drainpipe, Ain't got no cellar door, But we'll be jolly friends for ever more. Shut that door. That was our Glaswegian version back in the 70's and we'd sing it as we clapped hands.

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Ashleigh, United States

23 January 2012 at 1:58pm

Yeah there's a lot of different virsiond

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Toby, United States

7 January 2012 at 5:46pm

I was at my cousin's house. She was taking care of her 2 grandchildren, and a game one of the girls was playing with had this melody in the background. I remembered part of the lyrics, because I used to do the handclapping with my 2 daughters. We both put our heads together. Then with the help of the internet -- here we are: capturing the memories and extending it to our grandchildren. THANK YOU! WHAT FUN!

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Zoe, United Kingdom

4 January 2012 at 9:57pm

We used to do this as a clapping rhyme when I was at primary school and at Brownies. but not the same words... see see my playmate, I cannot play with you. my sister's got the flu. chicken pox and measles too. slide down the drainpipe. into my apple tree. and we'll be friends forever more more shut that door, I dont like you anymore ! repeat substituting 'she looks like scooby-doo' for chicken pox and measles and 'into my aeroplane' for apple tree :o) Do not ask how we were planning to slide DOWN a drainpipe into an apple tree !

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Tammy, United States

2 October 2011 at 8:02pm

(tears in my eyes) For some reason this song popped into my head and I wanted to teach it to my child...my mom sang it to me some 30 years ago and it reminded me of her. Thank God for the internet as mom is gone or I wouldn't have been able to find all the words.

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Leigh, United States

24 August 2011 at 8:28am

I'd love to see other full versions: I also sang it as a little girl and would love to find the words that were taught to me.....we sang it "slide down my rainbow" but I don't it being a negative song about the dollies being sick. Think the version I was taught was much different. I just now we used this song to do our hand claps...and we sang it over and over, getting faster and faster each time! :)

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Anastasia Hicks, United States

27 June 2011 at 3:36am

this is based off a serial killer movie :D

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Kaitlyn, United States

13 June 2011 at 7:01pm

My mother always sang this to me when waking me up in the mornings. She sang a different and shorter version though.

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Peanut, United States

12 June 2011 at 7:24pm

I like this song very much. cat's message from United Kingdom is weird and it's mean to sssaaayyy wrong version you don't always have to have the same version cccaaattt?

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Rose, United States

6 March 2011 at 5:50pm

right on cat

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