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Thread #102055   Message #2754123
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
28-Oct-09 - 11:14 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Subject: RE: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
I heard - and did - a lot of those verses, above, when I was a youngster in the 1940's and '50's. However, the term "hand jive" was unknown to me in those days. Then, in around 1957, Johnnie Otis did "Willie and the Hand Jive," which became a top selling record at the time:

I know a cat named Way Out Willie
He's got a cool little chick named Rockin' Nillie
He can walk and stroll and Susie Q
And do that crazy hand jive too

/ G - - - / / C7 - - - / G - - - /

Papa told Willie, you'll ruin my home
You and that hand jive have got to go
Willie said, Papa, don't put me down
They're doin' the hand jive all over town

Hand jive, hand jive, hand jive, doin' that crazy hand jive

/ C7 - G - D7 C7 G - /

Mama, Mama look at Uncle Joe
He's doin' that hand jive with sister Flo
Grandma gave baby sister a dime
Said, do that hand jive one more time

Well, the doctor and the lawyer and Indian chief
They all dig that crazy beat
Way Out Willie gave 'em all a treat
When he did that hand jive with his feet / Hand jive...

Willie and Nillie got married last fall
They had a little Willie Junior, and a-that ain't all
You know, the baby got famous in his crib, you see
Doin' that hand jive on TV / Hand jive...