Transcribed from Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, vocal by Louis Jordan,
recorded January 25, 1940.
From Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, 1934-1940; The Chronogical Classics, 636.
I want to tell you a story from
Truck on down and gig me, jack,
In eighteen hundred and sixty-five,
A hep cat started some jive,
He said, "Come on, gates, and jump with me
At the Juneteenth Jamboree."
The rhythm was swinging at the picnic
Fried chicken floating all around;
Everybody there was full of glee,
Trumpets blaring in the air,
Mellow barbecue everywhere,
Clarinets moaning in the hall;
All the gates was having a ball,
They didn't know how to cut no rug,
But all the cats had a gal and jug,
Everybody happy as they could be,
At the Juneteenth Jamboree!
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