a British folk dance, with variants attested as early as 1826. The song and accompanying dance peaked in popularity as a music hall.
In the episode " Chinga " (510) of the TV series The X-Files, the song is featured at multiple times during the episode. This theory led Scottish politician Michael Matheson in 2008 to urge police action "against individuals who use it to taunt Catholics". It should also be noted here that Kennedys son the claimed that Jimmy Kennedy, not Al Tabor, was the primary author of the lyrics and it was Jimmy that made the decision to go with cokey. The book lists Queen Victoria as still living and Grover Cleveland just completing his second term in office, which ended in 1897. The inspiration for the song's title that resulted, "The Hokey Pokey supposedly came from an ice cream vendor whom Tabor had heard as a boy, calling out, "Hokey pokey penny a lump.