Ju Tang Ju (Utang)
DESCRIPTION: "Ring up four , ju tang ju (or "Jew string jew," etc.), Ring up four in a ju tang ju." "Right and left...." "Do se do...." "Once and a half...." "Swing that gal...." "Back to your partner..." "Circle four...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1911 (Texas Folklore Society, according to Randolph)
KEYWORDS: dancing nonballad
FOUND IN: US(So,SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Randolph 576, "Ju Tang Ju" (2 texts)
Morris, #122, "Shoo-Da" (1 short text)
NOTES: Roud lumps Morris's "Shoo-Da" with the "Ju Tang Ju" songs of Morris and others. I'm far from convinced -- the words don't scan the same way -- but since I know of no other versions of the Morris piece, and it's short and hard to identify anyway, I've gone ahead and lumped them. - RBW
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