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The New York Glide

    (unknown)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.

Everybody's going crazy
About the different dances of the day;
Everybody in this whole entire world
Is trying to learn the dance and sway;
Here's one dance you ought to learn,
It's something simply grand;
Now folks, it is so simple
Anyone can understand.
And if you'll take a chance,
I'll show you how to do this dance:

Just grab your partner
'Round the waist,
Hook her lightly
In her place,
Just lay back and do the shimaree,
Buzz up to your baby like a bumblebee.
Then lay back and do that eagle rock;
Please, professor, don't you ever stop,
Swing your partner, then you slide;
That's the New York Glide!

You can all have your tickle toe,
I mean, that's a dance you can do,
But if you should once see this dance,
I know that you would be amused;
Anywhere you hear this tune,
It sneaks up on your mind;
And if you love good music,
Why, you're going to keep in time;
And when you hear that band,
You'll say this dance is simply grand!
Just grab your partner
'Round the waist,
Pull her lightly
In her place;
Just lay back and do the shimaree;
Buzz up to your baby like a bumblebee.
Then lay back and do that eagle rock;
Please professor, don't you ever stop;
Swing your partner, then you slide;
That's the New York Glide!


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Published 4/25/99.

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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