Dance with Me – King Short Shirt

In a trance want to dance
First time the girl go hear a steel band
This young gyal from Switzerland came down just ot get a sun tan
In time to witness a j’ouvert morning
See thousands on the street dancing
Just standing there she listening to the beat
The girl went wild in the streets

And she shouting
Dance with me
Jumping up in the steelband
You go think she born in the islands
Dance with me
Breaking back bobbing an weaving like Muhammad Ali boxing
Dance with me
I never see such a thing yet
That morning I’ll never forget
Dance with me
I decide to join the action and accept the invitation
Jump inside ah de ban
Glass a rum in me hand
You should see we how we carry on

Creating confusion
In the heat a we 25th Carnival
She tall and slim
So she wining
Twisting up all in front a de band
People start to gather round
When she limbo low to the ground
Even the Carnival committee was amazed
J’ouvert morning she dance Scotch Row like a stage

Das macht spass*
Ich been fruch*
German, you know the girl start to sing
Ichan been duchantapshansan*
But nobody understanding
Acting like if she got rum in she brain
Friends try to drag she outa the rain
Lois and Shirley, they try to control she
But she jumping nonstop like she insane
An she bawling dance with me…

Repeat cho. ending with:

She bawling Antigua me come from


Dance with me
Dance with me
Dance with me
If you dancing
Dance with me
Dance with me
Dance with me
Dance (x2)
Then repeat to fade
Dance with me
Dance with me
Dance with me

#This 1981 release by Antiguan and Barbudan calypso Short Shirt was possibly a collaboration with Stanley Humphreys.

*pardon my German. Correct if you can.

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As with all content on, except otherwise noted, this is written (in this case, transcribed, as the songs writer is to be credited with its writing) by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure-and its Spanish language edition Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen, my books, and my freelance writing-editing-coaching-workshop services. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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