I’ve got some good news, Honey, an invitation to the Darktown Ball,
It’s a very swell affair, all the “high-browns” will be there,
I’ll wear my high silk hat, and a frock tail coat, you wear your Paris gown, and your
news silk shawl
There ain’t no doubt about it babe, we’ll be the best dressed in the hall.
I’ll be down to get you in a taxi honey, you better be ready about half past eight
Now dearie, don’t be late, I want to be there when the band starts playing
Remember when we get there, honey, the two steps I’m goin’ to have ‘em all
Goin’ to dance out both my shoes when they play the “Jelly Roll Blues”
Tomorrow night, at the Darktown Strutters’ Ball.
We’ll meet our high-toned neighbors, an exhibition of the “Baby Dolls”
And each one will do their best, just to out-class all the rest,
And there’ll be dancers from ev’ry foreign land, The classic, buck and wing, and
the wooden clog
We’ll win that fifty dollar prize, when we step out and “Walk the Dog”
Brooks, Shelton, "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" (1917). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1880.
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