This pass the beat game is a great activity for your party. Guests of all ages will be interacting. Use spoons or candy for each guest to pass with. Sing and hum the tune as it gets faster and faster. Avoid making a mistake, or you’ll be out. This is a Portuguese children’s game. Escravos de Jó. Play it with the original lyrics, or use the catchy English words in this video.
Here are the words to my English version:
Follow the beat Don't even stop to think Lift up Set down Follow the crowd You're almost there Do not despair You're gonna win this game You're almost there Do not despair You're gonna win this game
I’ll hunt down the Portuguese words eventually, but I only ever learned to sing it from word of mouth. I don’t actually know any Portuguese except this song and Happy Birthday!