Wednesday, December 27, 2006

That Da Da Strain, by Ethel Waters

Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters, recorded5/1922. From Ethel Waters 1921 - 1923, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 796. Have you heard it, have you heard it, That Da Da Strain? It will shake you, it will make you Really go insane. Everybody's full of pep, Makes you watch your every step. Every prancer, every dancer, Starts to lay 'em down, Everybody when they hear it Starts to buzzing 'round; I get crazy as a loon, When everybody hums this tune: Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Because the feeling Sets your brain a-reeling; Just like you're falling, That runabout refrain, [?] When everybody starts to Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, I want to do it once again, I'm simply wild about that Da-Da,Da-Da Strain! Oh, Da-Da Da-Da Da-Da Da-Da, Because this feeling Sets your brain a'reeling, Just like you're falling, That runabout refrain, [?] When everybody starts to Da-Da,Da-Da, Da, Da-Da I want to do it once again, I'm simply wild about the Da-Da,Da-Da Strain. Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Because that feeling Sets your brain a-reeling. Just like you're falling, That runabout refrain, [?] Oh, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, I wanna do it once again, I'm simply wild about that Da-Da, Da-Da Strain! This text, with accompanying recording, makes a curious & little noticed connection to the European Dada activities that immediately preceded it. The melody, minus words, became a traditional jazz standard that persisted over the next several decades. The composers, when credited, are generally given as Mamie Medina (lyrics) & Edgar Dowell (music). More recently the title was used for a series of poems & performances by Jerome Rothenberg, but without reference to the lyrics themselves. (See http://www.ubu.com/sound/rothenberg.html.) http://ubu.wfmu.org/sound/ethno/waters/Ethel-Waters_That-Da-Da-Strain.mp3

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