The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138726   Message #3177899
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Jun-11 - 03:29 PM
Thread Name: Caribbean Calypso
Subject: RE: Caribbean Calypso
Houdini, Gerald Clark Orch., 1928

Ah, Uncle Joe, Ah Uncle Joe
Gimme mo', gimme mo', gimme mo',
Play that thing on the old banjo.

All the young girls begin to sing
Some of them begin to shake that thing
Some of them throw themselves on the floor
Shouting, "Uncle Joe gimme mo', gimme mo'.

A fella and his lover came here last night
Himself and Uncle Joe nearly fight
For when he tell his lover, "Come, go !"
She says, "Look, I waiting for Uncle Joe."

That night Uncle Joe was so vexed
"Coming here I really regret
For see the young girls shake up their thing
Cause me to bust up me banjo string."

"Just tell me what you intend to do?
Don't you know I'm engaged to you?
I don't want to see, nor to know
I know that lovin' at Uncle Joe."

"Uncle Joe, boy, you come in time
Houdini now make up his mind
Tell the world I am going to wine
From eight o'clock until half past nine.

A schoolteacher was there that day
This is what I can bound to say
She took a dink and she break away [drink]
And shake that thing for half a day.

Sing, "Ah, Uncle Joe
Please met with Barry Barrow
And Mr. Cyril Monrose
Play that thing with the old banjo.

Houdini with Gerald Clark's Iéré String Band,
1928, Okeh 8605, New York City.
Included in Calypso Calaloo, Early Carnival Music in Trinidad, 1993 Rounder Records Corp. Lyrics from enclosed leaflet.

This sounds like New York jazz orchestral music of the 1920s.