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The Lion Broke Down the Door
The lion give a roar,
Broke down the door,
Broke up the animule ball The monkey hollered, <eRun71 sayF The wildcat did the bambochay; The tiger did the mooch; The elephant did the hoocha-rna-cooch; The panter did the eagle rock and began to prance?
In the jungles,
At thai animule dance*
Then Fd carry on some of my scat . . .
People believe Louis Armstrong originated scat. I must take that credit away from him, because I know better. Tony Jackson and myself were using scat for novelty back in 1906 and 1907 when Louis Armstrong was still in the orphan's home.
Those days I hung out at Eloise Blackenstein and Louise Aberdeen's place—the rendezvous of all the big sports like Pensacola Kid, who later came to be the champion pool player of the world. Bob Howe, the man who didn't know how many suits he had, and his wife, Ready Money, were regulars, also the Suicide Queen, who used to take poison all the time. Tony Jackson also hung out there and was the cause of me not playing much piano. When Tony came in, the guys would tell me, "Get off that piano stool. Youre hurting the piano's feelings."
One day we were al up at Lala's saloon. Pensacok Kid was playing Buster Brown for ten dollars a round and they asked me to keep the game. In came Chicken Dick, the Uptown rough neck, and started yelling, "Keeping the game, hey, little boy? You don't know what you doing. Tm going to keep game." He hit me hard and I fell on the table with
* Jelly Roll never entered the "highclass mansions" as a customer. Instead tie
sat at the piano and watched the "animules" dance, perhaps dreaming of the Hon breaking down the door.