A ragtime song that caused a dance craze in 1913. The song is based on song sung by African Americans while working on the rail road in the 1890s. "The Jack" is a name for a train, & "ballin'" was the trainmen's hand gesture to "highball it," which means to go faster.
Basically just a sensual, gyration dance with bumps and grinds.streetswing.com
Ballin' the Jack
From coast to coast,
From Canada to Mexico,
They're doin' a new dance
A tried-and-a-true dance
That will sweep the land
And you'll think it's so grand
You'll have to learn how to do it
So please don't boo woo it
Coz we've got this little dance
That's gonna rise to fame
It's sure to put most any other dance to shame
The turkey trot, the bunny hug, the tickley toe
Will be forgotten when we start to go!
Mr. Leader, won't you start the syncopation?
And we'll begin our little demonstration...
Now, first you put your two knees
Close up tight.
Then you sway it to the left
Then you sway it to the right
Step around the floor kind of nice and light
Then you twist around and twist around
With all of your might.
Stretch your lovin' arms straight out in space
Then you do the eagle rock with style and grace
Swing your foot way round and bring it back
Now that's what I call ballin' the jack!
Ballin' the jack
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