Charleston (song)  

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"The Charleston" is a jazz composition that was written to accompany the Charleston dance. It was composed in 1923, with lyrics by Cecil Mack and music by James P. Johnson, who first introduced the stride piano method of playing. The song was featured in the American black Broadway musical comedy show Runnin' Wild.

Lyrics

Caroline, Caroline, at last they’ve got you on the map.
With a new tune, a funny blue tune, with a peculiar snap!
You many not be able to buck and wing, fox-trot, two-step, or even swing,
If you ain’t got religion in your feet, you can do this prance and do it neat.
Charleston! Charleston! Made in Carolina.
Some dance, some prance, I’ll say, there’s nothing finer
Than the Charleston, Charleston. Lord, how you can shuffle.
Ev’ry step you do leads to something new, man, I’m telling you it’s a lapazoo.
Buck dance, wing dance, will be a back number,
But the Charleston, the new Charleston, that dance is surely a comer.
Sometime you’ll dance it one time, the dance called the Charleston,
Made in South Caroline.
Charleston! Charleston! Made in Carolina.
Some dance, some prance, I’ll say, there’s nothing finer
Than the Charleston, Charleston. Lord, how you can shuffle.
Ev’ry step you do leads to something new, man, I’m telling you it’s a lapazoo.
Buck dance, wing dance, will be a back number,
But the Charleston, the new Charleston, that dance is surely a comer.
Sometime you’ll dance it one time, the dance called the Charleston,
Made in South Caroline!

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