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WHEN MEXICO GAVE UP THE RHUMBA (TO DO THE ROCK AND ROLL) (Jones) Mitchell Torok - 1956 Down in Mexico, at each high noon Siesta is the thing You can find me sleepin' out in the shade While the birds softly sing But from the radio, there comes a U.S. show And the disc-jockey's playin' the blues Before they know what's happened They're up and clappin' To the tune of the blue suede shoes One, two, and then rock It's the funniest thing ever told The day that Mexico gave up the rhumba To do the rock and roll In the middle of town, the pecker bullring stands It reaches to the sky Inside's a matador, he's got his sword in hand And a bull is fixing to die But from the phonograph, there comes a frantic sound And the sword drops from his hands The bull begins to dance, around in the dust To the beat of a picker brass band One, two, and then rock It's the funniest thing ever told The day that Mexico gave up the rhumba To do the rock and roll In the summertime, the tourists come Expecting to see the scenes Of the quiet places and the quiet faces They read of in magazines But in their amazement, when they find this craze Is not in the U.S. alone They used to dance `neath the stars to the Spanish guitars But now they do it to a saxophone One, two, and then rock It's the funniest thing ever told The day that Mexico gave up the rhumba To do the rock and roll (Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen - December 2003)

    


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