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...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1911 (Texas Folklore Society, according to Randolph)
KEYWORDS: dancing nonballad
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph 576, "Ju Tang Ju" (2 texts)
Spurgeon-WaltzTheHall-AmericanPlayParty, p. 195, "U-Tan-U" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida, #122, "Shoo-Da" (1 short text)

Roud #7665
NOTES [52 words]: Roud lumps Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida's "Shoo-Da" with the "Ju Tang Ju" songs of Randolph and Botkin 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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File: R576

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