The Darktown Strutters' Ball    (1915)

I've got some good news, Honey
An invitation to the Darktown Ball
It's a very swell affair
All the "high-browns" will be there

I'll wear my high silk hat, and a frock tail coat
You wear your Paris gown, and your new silk shawl
There ain't no doubt about it babe
We'll be the best dressed in the hall

I'll be down to get you in a Taxi honey
You better be ready about half past eight
Now dearie, don't be late
I want to be there when the band starts playing

Remember when we get there, Honey
The two steps I'm goin' to have 'em all
Goin' to dance out both my shoes
When they play the "Jelly Roll Blues"
Tomorrow night, at the Darktown Strutters' Ball

We'll meet our high-toned neighbors
An exhibition of the "Baby Dolls"
And each one will do their best
Just to outclass all the rest

And there'll be dancers from ev'ry foreign land
The classic, buck and wing, and the wooden clog
We'll win that fifty dollar prize
When we step out and "Walk the Dog."

I'll be down to get you in a Taxi honey
You better be ready about half past eight
Now dearie, don't be late
I want to be there when the band starts playing

Remember when we get there, Honey
The two steps I'm goin' to have 'em all
Goin' to dance out both my shoes
When they play the "Jelly Roll Blues"
Tomorrow night, at the Darktown Strutters' Ball

Lyrics by Shelton Brooks.
Composed by Shelton Brooks.
Recorded by Original Dixieland Jass Band; Six Brown Brothers; Ella Fitzgerald; many others.

 

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