Words: Billy Rose & Ballard MacDonald; Music: Joseph Meyer (1925)

Lyrics

Clap hands, here comes Charley,
clap hands, good old Charley,
clap hands, here comes Charley now.

Clap hands, join the party,
clap hands, meet McCarthy,
clap hands, Charley, take a bow.

We’ll have drinks with Charley at the table.
Grab a chair,
move over there,
and let him sit right next to Mabel.

Clap hands, here comes Charley,
clap hands, good old Charley,
clap hands, here comes Charley now.

Background

“Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!” is a lively number recorded by several popular singers of the early 20th century, including one of the most popular, Billy Murray.

Performances

Here is a version by Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards, with different lyrics:

And here is a version by Jimmy Dorsey & His Original Dorseyland Jazz Band, featuring Claire Hogan on vocals:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!