Howjadoo on Throwback Thursdays

Member Susan Salidor recommends this delightful and friendly song.

 

John McCutcheon

I love Woody Guthrie’s “Howjadoo,”which I first learned from a John McCutcheon kids’ CD (Howjadoo) when my girls were young.  I didn’t end up using it myself until much later, say 5 years ago.  Depending on the age group, I will sing the first verse and the refrain and then ask three children to come up and help me remember the refrain and its silly words, giving each child one word to say in sequence (here phonetically):  “hojee” “heejee” “hijee”  It can be hilarious in performance. I ask the children several times if they are sure they know their word — we practice it live, of course, but when the refrain comes around it’s super fast and the children usually fall all over themselves trying to get out their words perfectly and on time.  Anyone who knows the song know what I’m talking about!  It took me lots of rehearsal to nail the “Guthrie-isms” but once you get it, it’s like riding a bicycle. As in Guthrie’s best songs, his creative take on the English language is inventive and entertaining.  I also love the message.

I prefer John McCutcheon’s recorded version to just about any other.

Howjadoo

Words & music by Woody Guthrie

You stick out your little hand

To every woman, kid and man

You say, “Hojee heejee hijee

“Howjadoo, howjadoo!”

You say, “Hojee, heejee hijee

“Howjadoo!”

Chorus

Howjee, hojee, heejee, hijee

Howjee, dojee, doojee, dijee

Howjee, hojee, heejee, hijee

Howjadoo, howjadoo

Howjee, hojee, heejee, hijee

Howjadoo

On my sidewalk, on my street

To every person that you meet

You say, “Hojee heejee hijee

“Howjadoo, howjadoo!”

You say, “Hojee, heejee hijee

“Howjadoo!”

Chorus

I feel glad and you feel good

We brighten up our neighborhood

We say, “Hojee heejee hijee

“Howjadoo, howjadoo!”

We say, “Hojee, heejee hijee

“Howjadoo!”

Chorus

extra verse by John McCutcheon:

From right here in our town

To the whole wide world around

We say, “Hojee heejee hijee

“Howjadoo, howjadoo!”

We say, “Hojee, heejee hijee

“Howjadoo!”

Chorus

 

 

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the reminder about this great song! At my very first CMN Gathering waaay back when, I watched the amazing Ruth Pelham sing that song as a welcoming activity, which began with shaking hands with the person next to you, then the two of you shaking hands with another couple and so forth until we were all in one BIG welcoming circle. Magic.

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