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DANCE-SONGS OR REELS
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In some lady's hne brick house,
In some lady's garden, You walk so high you can't get out,
So fare you well, my darling.
Chorus Oh, swing a lady ump-tum,
Swing a lady round, Swing a lady ump-tum,
Promenade around.
The stanza is its own description of the gay movement of the old dance. One can fairly see the spirited swing to and fro.
Two dance-songs were given to Miss Gulledge in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Negro women who said that they had danced to them years ago. The words are rather nonsensical, but the women, Bertha Merion and Esther Mackey, said that they indicated the dance movements rather than anything else.
DANCE-SONG
di - dee - o, walk-in' on de ice,        di - dee - 0!
Lead a man, di-dee-o, lead a man, di-dee-o; Lead a man, di-dee-o, lead a man, di-dee-o. You swing heads, di-dee-o, I swing feet, di-dee-o, Ain't dat nice, di-dee-o, walkin' on de ice, di-dee-o t
Ladies change, di-dee-o, ladies change, di-dee-o; Ladies change, di-dee-o, ladies change, di-dee-o. Ain't dat nice, di-dee-o, ain't dat nice, di-dee-o, Ain't dat nice, di-dee-o, ain't dat nice, di-dee-o?







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