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At the New Jump Steady Ball

    (Delaney - Easton) Photo of Ethel Waters.

Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters, recorded 3/21-22/1921.
From Ethel Waters 1921 - 1923, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 796.

[*** Note: We are very unsure of many of these words, but the song is too good to leave out!***]

(Delaney - Easton)

Now the Jump Steady Club,
They gave a ball,
And it was held down at the New Hope Hall;
All the bootleggers in the town,
Why, they brought that stuff steady along; [?]
People came from far and near,
To taste the different mixtures that they handled there;
When the jazz band struck up,
You'd be surprised;
Everybody in the hall was google-eyed;

They started serving me gin and wine,
And everything in wood alcohol line,
Chicago pop and all, I declare,
All kinds of hair tonic went around with the dance;
You make a tincture mixed with turpentine,
With black molasses made it stupifying;
Extract of lemon and ginger ale,
Mixes great with shoe polish
And you're bound for jail;
Copasetic was the password for one and all,
At the New Jump Steady Ball!

About twelve o'clock I was feeling fine,
To tell the truth, I was out of my mind;
But just before I lost my head,
I saw them carry six men out dead!
They walked out the window, in the air,
They called for music, but no jazz band was there;
Yet everybody there was pleasure bent;
You could get paralyzed for fifteen cents.

They started serving me gin and wine
And everything in wood alcohol line,
Chicago pop and all, I declare,
All kinds of hair tonic went around with the dance;
You make a tincture mixed with turpentine,
With black molasses made it stupifying
Extract of lemon and ginger ale,
Mixes great with shoe polish
And you're bound for jail;
Copasetic was the password for one and all,
At the New Jump Steady Ball!



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Published 7/14/99.

Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.


 

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