Ballin the Jack (1913) on ukulele

A cute little tune by Chris Smith — words by Jim Burris

Folks in Georgia, ’bout to go insane
Since that new dance, down in Georgia came
I’m the only person who’s to blame
I’m the party introduced it there.

So give me credit for knowing a thing or two
Give me credit for starting something new
I will show this little dance to you
When I do you’ll know that its a bear.

First you put your two knees close up tight
Then you sway them to the left and sway them to the right
Step around the floor kind of nice and light,
Then you twist around and twist around with all your might

Spread you loving arms straight out in space
Then you do the eagle rock with style and grace.
Swing your foot right round, and bring it back.
And that’s what I call, Ballin the Jack.

Published in: on March 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dancing Snake and Musical Monkey

Here’s an eye-catching¬†headline from the Pittsburgh Press 19 Feb 1917 —

New York, Feb 19. This is the story of a dancing bullsnake and a ukulele-playing monkey. The facts were gathered by teetotalers and written by a man from a prohibition state.

Fannie, a turbulent tailed chimpanzee [sic!] at the Bronx Zoo, fell heir to a demoralized ukulele gotten from somewhere by Keeper Bill Synder. Bill says Fannie has learned to play two bars of ‘Home Sweet Home’ keeping time by swinging herself, pendulum-wise, from her tail rack.

George McCoy spread consternation and the bullsnake all over the Fifty-first st. police station when he left it there because somebody left it with him and he didn’t want it. He told the panic–striken police to whistle and the snake would dance instead of following them. They did.

Now the plan is to present the dancing snake to the ukulele-playing monkey and let them stage a perpetual concert and ball among themselves.

I’d like to know what was in the tea-cup, and where the writer lives now.


Published in: on October 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm  Comments (1)  
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