SILVER SPRING, Md. — Childrens’ Sabbath School departments and summer camps across the Adventist world have been urgently advised to “remove all references to clapping and stomping from the song If you’re happy and you know it.”
The song features verses starting with the line “If you’re happy and you know it…” and then fills in an action per verse. Extremely popular with Adventists, the traditional lyrics have encouraged children to “clap you hands,” “stomp your feet” and “say ‘Amen'” before the final verse calls for them to “do all three.”
GC leaders cited a late-breaking epiphany for the change to the beloved song. “It seems they have discovered a contradiction in encouraging our children to clap and stomp in Sabbath School praise songs only to ban clapping in church later in the morning,” said Adventist Analyst Fanny Dhat.
GC leaders insisted that not all was lost. “The song can be salvaged,” said stern-faced GC Director of Overreach, Debbie Daughner. “If Adventist praise leaders want to continue singing If you’re happy and you know it with children, they should simply have them say ‘Amen’ for all the verses.”