If You're Happy and You Know It: Sing-Along Song Video for Kids

Your kids will love clapping along to this beloved children's song.
If You're Happy and You Know It
If You're Happy and You Know It

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you're happy and you know it, Clap your hands.

The origin of "If You're Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)" is unknown, although some say it was a Latvian folk song that was reworked in English. The music is attributed to Isaak Dunayevsky, as his song "Molodejnaya" (which was written for the 1938 Soviet film Volga-Volga) is almost identical.

Many historians claim the lyrics were refined by the songwriter Alfred B. Smith in the mid-1900s.

Two common variations of the fourth line are: "Then your face will surely show it" or "Then you really ought to show it."

The song can be continued at length by creating other verses that replace "clap your hands" with other phrases and actions:

  • shout "Hurray!"
  • say "Amen"
  • slap your legs
  • turn around
  • snap your fingers
  • slap your knees
  • nod your head
  • tap your toe
  • honk your nose
  • stomp your feet

...etc.

The well-known version of the nursery rhyme song that played on Barney & Friends consists of four verses, with a group of children singing along and performing all the moves:

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!

If you're happy and you know it, stamp your feet!
If you're happy and you know it, stamp your feet!
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, stamp your feet!

If you're happy and you know it, shout Hooray!
If you're happy and you know it, shout Hooray!
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, shout Hooray!

If you're happy and you know it, do all three!
If you're happy and you know it, do all three!
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, do all three!

Copyright © 2011 Meredith Corporation.

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