LtQ: What if the Hokey Cokey really IS what it’s all about?

Here’s the Hokey Cokey guide to self-actualisation, winning soup for the soul and influencing chickens.


You put your right arm in
Whatever you do, put your whole self into it. Commit commit commit. Except crime, obv.

Your right arm out
Reach out to others. Embrace the world. You may need your left arm as well for this.

You shake it all about
It’s good to shake things up sometimes – Etch A Sketch, snow globes. But please go easy with the champagne.

And you turn around
And it’s OK to change your life direction. Why not plan a mid-life crisis every five years?

Stop! Just… stop! Spend the second before six o’clock in silence and give yourself time to think.

Knees bent arms stretch
Exercise is good, and Brits are especially good at rowing or cycling. Give yourself a gold medal whenever you achieve your targets.

Rah rah rah
Get yourself some cheerleaders. Pompoms are optional.


All together now!

You put your right leg in,
Your right leg out:
In, out, in, out.
You shake it all about.
You do the hokey cokey,
And you turn around.
That’s what it’s all about!


Whoa, the hokey cokey,
Whoa, the hokey cokey,
Whoa, the hokey cokey,
Knees bent arms stretch,
Rah rah rah!




PS. In a more serious vein, the Hokey Cokey is a good example of total physical response, a language-teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement.