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I'm on a Sit-Down Strike for Rhythm

    (Lil Hardin Armstrong, Avon)
Photograph of Lil Hardin Armstrong

Transcribed from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, recorded April 15, 1937,.
From Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, 1936-1940, Chronological Classics,  vol. 564.

I've nothin' left that I can call my own;
You took my dance, you took my song;
Give me back my rhythm, give me back my swing;
Give me back those songs that I love to sing!
[Scats]

Oh, I'm on a sit-down strike for rhythm!
On a sit-down strike for dance!
I've nothin' left to give 'em,
Not even a song of romance!

On a sit-down strike for hotcha!
I had it from M to Z,
But you stole my rhythm, you stole my hotcha,
Ain't nothin' left for me!

Did you ever see me do a ballet?
Did you ever see me do a minuet?
But I saw you truck and do the Suzie-Q,
Now, what do you expect me to do?

On a sit-down strike for rhythm,
On a sit-down strike for dance!
I've nothin' left to give 'em,
Not even a song of romance!

On a sit-down strike for rhythm,
A sit-down strike for dance!
I've nothin' left to give 'em,
Not even a song of romance!

On a sit-down strike for my hotcha!
I had it from M to Z,
But you stole my rhythm, you stole my hotcha,
Ain't nothin' left for me!

Oh, yeah!

On a sit-down strike for rhythm,
On a sit-down strike for dance!
I've nothin' left to give 'em,
Not even a song of romance!



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