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BALLIN' THE JACK From "For Me And My Gal" (1942) (James Henry Burris / Chris Smith) (1913) Judy Garland & Gene Kelly Also recorded by : Henry "Red" Allen; Louis Armstrong; Chet Atkins; Count Basie; Sidney Bechet; Roger Bell; Canadian Brass; Eddie Cantor; Casa Loma Orch.; Chubby Checker; Maurice Chevalier; The Chicago Footwarmers; The Chordettes; Buck Clayton; Ken Colyer; Eddie Condon; Sammy Davis Jr.; Sidney DeParis Blue Note Jazzmen; Dixieland All Stars; Johnny Dodds; Firehouse Five Plus Two; Pete Fountain; Georgia Gibbs; Benny Goodman; Bobby Gordon; Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orch.; Greg & Steve; Clancy Hayes; Earl Hines; Billie Holiday; Eddy Howard; Linda Ipanema; Bunk Johnson; James P. Johnson; Jonah Jones; Spike Jones; Dick Jurgens; Danny Kaye; Lester Lanin; Brenda Lee; Miranda Louise; Louisiana Rhythm Kings; Johnny Maddox; Freddy Martin & His Orch.; Matty Matlock; ... and many others. From coast to coast, From Canada to Mexico, They're doin' a new dance A tried-and-a-true dance That will sweep the land And you'll think it's so grand You'll have to learn how to do it So please don't boo woo it Coz we've got this little dance That's gonna rise to fame It's sure to put most any other dance to shame The turkey-trot, the bunny-hug, the tickley-toe Will be forgotten when we start to go! Mr Leader, won't you start the syncopation? And we'll begin our little demonstration... Now, first you put your two knees Close up tight. Then you sway it to the left Then you sway it to the right. Step around the floor kind of nice and light Then you twist around and twist around With all of your might. Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space Then you do the eagle rock with style and grace. Swing your foot way round and bring it back Now that's what I call ballin' the jack! ***** BALLIN' THE JACK (1951) (film version) Dean Martin & Polly Bergen (Dean): Here's a new dance we oughta show 'em how to do. (Polly):This is the chance to really show `em somethin' new. (Dean): Are you ready? (Polly):Ready and waitin', Sir. (Dean): Well okay. (Dean): First you put your two knees close up tight, Then you sway 'em to the left an' then you sway 'em to the right, (Polly):Then, (Dean): Step around the floor kind of nice and light, (Both): Then you twist around and twist around with all of your might, (Polly):Wow! (Dean): Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space (Both): Do the Eagle Rock with style and grace (Dean): Swing your foot way `round, then bring it back, Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack." (Dean): First you put your two knees close up tight, Then you sway 'em to the left an' then you sway 'em to the right, (Polly):Then, (Dean): Step around the floor kind of nice and light, (Both): Then you twist around and twist around with all of your might, (Polly):Wow! (Dean): Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space (Both): Do the Eagle Rock with style and grace (Dean): Swing your foot way `round, then bring it back, Now that's what I call "Ballin' the Jack." (Polly):First, (Dean): Yes! (Polly):Your knees up tight, Then you sway 'em (Dean): Done! (Polly):To the left, to the right, Step around the floor kind of nice and light, (Both): Then twist with all of your might, Boy, (Polly):Your arms in space You do the Eagle Rock with style and grace Swing your foot way `round, then bring it back, (Both): And that's what we call "Ballin' the Jack." (Both): Knees close up tight, To the left, to the right, Step around the floor kind of nice and light, Then twist with all of your might, Stretch out in space Do the Eagle Rock with form and grace Your foot way `round, (Polly):Bring it back, (Both): That's what we call "Ballin' the Jack." (Both): Stretch your lovin' arms With style and grace Swing your foot way `round then Bring it back, boy, boy, boy, boogala That's what we call "Ballin' the Jack." (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - March 2005) *****

    


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