Captain Jinks (playparty)
DESCRIPTION: Dance featuring the infamous Captain Jinks (of the Horse Marines): "Captain Jinks came home last night, Gentleman passes to the right, Swing your lady very polite, For that's the style in the army. All join hands and circle left...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1916 (Wolford)
KEYWORDS: playparty soldier nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Wolford, pp. 27-29=WolfordRev, pp. 159-160, "Captain Jinks" (1 text, 1 tune)
ThompsonNewYork, p. 309, "Captain Jinks" (1 short text; the material on p. 308 might also go with this song)
cf. "Captain Jinks" (character, lines)
NOTES: This is clearly "about" THE Captain Jinks of the ballad of the same name, and Roud lumps the two -- but this is simply a dance, with no plot; the only common material is that it's about Captain Jinks and he dances with ladies. I would consider them separate songs. - RBW
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