Origin And Meaning Of If You Are Happy

"If You Are Happy" is a best-known nursery rhyme and repetitive children's song from the United States. The rhyme is similar to a song named, “Molodejnaya” that appeared in the 1938 Soviet musical file, Volga-Volga.
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Origin and meaning

“If You're Happy and You Know It” was printed and published in various parts of the world through the decades, including a volume of “constructive recreational activities” for children, a book of drama projects for disabled children and a nursing home manual.  

In 1971, Jonico Music filed for copyright on this popular nursery rhyme, crediting it to Joe Raposo (Portuguese-American songwriter, lyricist and composer). 

Significance of repetitive nursery rhymes and kids songs 

“If You're Happy and You Know It” being a repetitive kids' song not only entertains children, but also help kids in developing the required skills. As the song contains a good proportion of repeated phrases and words, it serves various educational purposes. Repetition aids in memory, helps in learning punctuations, enhances reading skills and also boosts language learning skills. 

Repetition helps kids learn! It is a powerful tool to improve kids' memory in memory training period. It helps in learning lyrics and makes it easier for little learners to remember the words to their favorite rhyme. The repetitive songs reinforces learning the words and children can remember them easily. 

Thus, singing “If You're Happy and You Know It”  song is not only fun, but it also help kids learn and thus serves several educational purposes. 

Lyrics to the nursery rhyme

Like many nursery rhymes and children's songs, there are many versions of “If You're Happy and You Know It” rhyme lyrics. However, the most popular version of the song known to kids is as follows:

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 above verse is followed by three more, “If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet”, “If you're happy and you know it, nod your head”, “If you're happy and you know it, shout hooray” and “If you're happy and you know it, do all three”.