Ballin` the Jack


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Ballin' the Jack

Words by Jim Burris Music by Chris Smith 1913 Hear Prince's Band play a 1914 instrumental version from the Collected Works of Prince's Band at archive.org Hear it Sung by Brian Hefferan, 2004, from the album Mother I'm Wild! View original 1913 sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] G Folks in Georgia's 'bout to go insane Gdim since that new dance down in Georgia came Gdim I'm the only person who's to blame D7 I'm the party introduced it there so G Give me credit to know a thing or two Gdim Give me credit for starting something new I will show this little dance to you D7 When I do you'll say that it's a bear! [Chorus] G7 First You put your two knees close up tight C7 then you sway 'em to the left, sway 'em to the right F7 step around the floor kinda nice and light Bb D7 then you twist around twist around with all your might G7 Stretch your lovin' arms right out in space C7 then you do the Eagle Rock with style and grace Gdim Bb G7 put your foot right in and bring it back C7 F7 Bb that's what I call Ballin' the Jack [Verse 2] It's being done in all the cabarets all society now has got the craze it's the best dance done in modern days that is why I rave about it so Play some good rag that will make you prance Old folks young folks'll try to do the dance Join right in now, while you've got the chance Once again the steps to you I'll show