Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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Oftentimes the girls would ask me to perform my Animule Dance. I wrote this in 1906 and ten thousand has claimed it; it's never been published and it never will be, because nobody can do it but myself . • .
Ladies and gentlemen, we are now in the jungles.
Everyone of you are animules.
You should be walking on four legs,
But youre now walking on two.
You know you come directly from the animule famulee.
Yes, we're right here in the animule field.
And I want to tell you people with clothes on
You have tails just the same.
But you wear clothes and you cant see them . . .
Way down in jungle town,
For miles around . ♦ . They used to give a hall every night at the animule hall The hand began to play, they began to shout. Youd laugh—■Haw-haw-haw—, Lord, till your sides
would crack. How theyd call them doggone figures out!
The monkey hollered, "Run, I say!" The wildcat did the bambochay;
The tiger did tlie mooch;
The elephant did the hooch-ama-cooch;
The panter did the eagle rock and began to prance, Down in the jungle, At that animule dance.
Well, the lion came through the door, Ugh, you could tell that lion was posilutely sore. "Let me in the hall" "What you gwine do?" "Tm gonna break up this doggone animule ball Yes, dorit you think 1 want to dawnce? Give me one more chawnce . • /*