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I Can't Dance, I Got Ants in My Pants

Photograph of Louis Jordan.

    (Charlie Gaines and Clarence Williams)

Transcribed from Clarence Williams and his Orchestra, vocal by Louis Jordan, Clarence Williams, Charlie Gaines, recorded March 23, 1934.
From Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, 1934-1940; The Chronogical Classics, 636.

Now, let's go walking,
Let's go walking,
Out the park,
Out the park,
I'm not responsible
I'm not responsible
What I do after a dark!
What I do after a dark!

Now, let's go walking,
Let's go walking,
Out the park,
Out the park,
I'm not responsible
I'm not responsible
What I do after a dark!
What I do after a dark!

Forgive me, miss,
Forgive me, miss,
I must insist
I must insist
You can't resist,
You can't resist,
If you feel like this!
If you feel like this!

'Cause I can't dance,
I can't dance,
I got ants in my pants,
Got ants in my pants,
Now, I can't dance,
I can't dance,
Got ants in my pants!
Got ants in my pants!

Now, let's get a penthouse,
Let's get a penthouse,
And go to town,
And go to town,
I want some pettin',
I want some pettin'
That'll bring me down!
That'll bring me down!

Now, let's get a penthouse,
Now, let's get a penthouse,
And go to town,
And go to town,
I want some pettin',
I want some pettin'
That'll bring me down!
That'll bring me down!

[Scatting]

Now, I can't dance,
Now, I can't dance,
Got ants in my pants,
Got ants in my pants,
Now, I can't dance,
Now, I can't dance,
Got ants in my pants!
Got ants in my pants!

Now, let's go riding,
Let's go riding,
Ain't gonna carry you far,
Where you gonna take me?
Now, you'll fix the blow-out,
I'll fix the blow-out,
And I'll drive the car!
And you'll drive the car!

Boy, let's go riding,
Where you goin'?
Ain't gonna carry you far,
You're gonna take me from where?
You'll fix the blow-out,
I'll fix the blow-out,
And I'll drive the car!
And you'll drive the car!

But, you gotta have gas,
You gotta have gas,
If you wanna go fast,
If you wanna go fast,
Ain't got no gas,
Then you got a dead motor, dead car!

Now, I can't dance,
You can't dance?
I got ants in my pants,
Ha, ha!
Now, I can't dance,
Now, you can't dance,
I got ants in my pants!
Ants in your pants!



Transcribed from vocals by Taft Jordan with Chick Webb and His Orchestra, recorded May 9, 1934,
From Chick Webb and His Orchestra, 1929-1934, Chronological Classics 502.

Oh baby, let's have a party,
Let's have a party,
Let's all begin;
Let's all begin;
You bring the women,
You bring the women.
And I'll bring the gin.
I'll bring the gin.

Let's go for a ride,
Let's go for a ride,
Ain't going far,
Ain't going far,
You fix the blow-out,
You fix the blow-out,
Boy, and I'll drive the car.
I'll drive the car.

Oh, zaz-zoo-zoo,
Oh, zaz-zoo-zoo,
Oh, zoo-zaz,
Oh, zoo-zaz,
Oh, zaz-zoo,
Oh, zaz-zoo,
[Scatting]

I can't dance,
I can't dance.
Got ants in my pants,
Got ants in my pants.
I can't dance,
I can't dance,
Got ants in my pants!

Boys, I can't dance,
I got ants in my pants.
Oh, man, Chick can't dance.
Why?
He's got ants in his pants.



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Published 8/14/99.
Updated 4/1/01.


 
 

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