Jim-along Josie – Unterseher

SA, piano

An energetic, fun folk song with a partner clapping game in the play-party tradition. Your choir will ask to do it again and again! Sample and recording below.

Published by Oxford University Press

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Before TV and video games, kids (especially those who were not allowed to dance!) used to have play parties where they would play games than involved rhythmic, patterned movement (but that is not dancing!) to songs such as “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush,” “Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow” and “London Bridge.” This is the chorus of one of those fiddle-tune songs complete with a clapping game in the middle of it. But it is not dancing. i promise.


You can do the clapping game many ways. A small group can come down front for each round and then run back up to their places, the whole group can do it, you can clap on every eighth note or on every quarter note. Be creative, have fun!


Traditional American Folk Song

Hey, Jim-along, Jim-along Josie,
Hey, Jim-along, Jim-along Joe!

Walk along, talk along, jim-along Josie,
Walk along, talk along, jim-along Joe!

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About Reginald Unterseher

Reginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and through NW Choral Publishing at www.reginaldunterseher.com. He is the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association’s “Composer of the Year” for 2013. Mr. Unterseher’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the world and have been featured at ACDA and MENC conventions in the US as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He currently serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for the Northwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Untereseher is a past Artistic Director of Consort Columbia (now Mid-Columbia Mastersingers), founder and past Chorus Master of Washington East Opera, and an active member of Male Ensemble Northwest.