THE BIG APPLE
(Robert Emmerich / Buddy Bernier)
Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven (vocal: Edythe Wright) - 1937
Clyde Lucas & His California Dons (Instr.) - 1937
Hod Williams & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1937
DORSEY: Hiya fellahs, what's new?
THE BAND: Not much!
DORSEY: Not much? Well, hello Edythe, what's new with you?
WRIGHT: I've got a new dance. I'd like to show it to you...
If you've got rhythm to burn
Here's a dance that's easy to learn
If you don't, then your name is mud
If you don't, you're a social dud
'Cause ev'rybody's learnin' how to do the Big Apple (The Big Apple?)
And it isn't very hard to do the Big Apple (The Big Apple?)
Ten can do it just as well as two, the Big Apple (The Big Apple?)
Ev'rybody's learnin' how to do that brand new Apple dance
They say an apple a day will keep the doctor away
Hey-hey, it's easy to dance your cares away
Ev'rybody's learnin' how to do the Big Apple (The Big Apple?)
Come on, learn to do that Apple dance
First you gather round, then you cover ground
To a bit of this, a bit of that, and then
Do a Fred Astaire and a ???? air
Truck around and then you start right in again
You must do anything that you know
The most important thing is just to let yourself go
DORSEY: Say, Edythe, what's that apple you're talkin' about?
WRIGHT: It's a new dance they're all ravin' about...
You truck on down and Suzie Q
Then shag a bit, and some posin' too
A Lindy hop, you get the lot
Put 'em all together and what've you got
The Big Apple (The Big Apple?)
The Big Apple (The Big Apple)
(Well, my my, yes yes, my my!)
(Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2006)