But according to the Catholic Church and some Scottish politicians, singing the popular tune that begins with the words "You put your right hand in, your right hand out," may constitute an act of religious hatred.
A spokesman for the leader of the church in Scotland said the song had disturbing origins.
Critics claim that Puritans composed the song in the 18th century in an attempt to mock the actions and language of priests leading the Latin mass.
Now politicians have urged police to arrest anyone using the song to "taunt" Catholics under legislation designed to prevent incitement to religious hatred.
Leave aside the triviality of the complaint for a moment, the derivation looks very suspect to me.
Doesn\’t the next verse go "you put your right foot in, your right foot out"? And this is a reference to "standing on the square"? To being a Freemason, something that Catholics were not allowed to be (it would breach the obligation not to make secret oaths, not just because the Prods wouldn\’t let them in) and this is what leads to Papists being called "left footers"?