The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #80912   Message #2266813
Posted By: GUEST,Hootenanny
19-Feb-08 - 06:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Wandering (Early and Late)
Subject: RE: Wanderin' (Blues)
First you put your two knees close up tight
You swing em to the left and you swing 'em to the right
Step around the floor kind of nice and light
And you twist around and twist around with all of your might

Spread your loving arms way out in space
Do the eagle rock with style and grace
Put your two arms out and swing 'em back
And that's what I call Ballin' the Jack

I would hazard a guess that this is a tin pan alley song composed by someone to incorporate a well known slang expression.

I always assumed that ballin' the jack was the same as a going out on that old tenderloin but I could be wrong.