Jump Jim Crow / Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Jump Jim Crow. Jump Jim Crow
How do you, do you walk so slow
Like a little (G) red rooster with one trick leg
(D) Looks like you the one laying the egg
I (A) don’t know when but it’ll be real soon
(G) Going down the road by the light of the moon
(D) Going to the city to see Zip Coon

(D) Hip Zip Coon you sure look slick
How do you do that walking trick
You got a woman on your left
A (G) woman on your right
You (D) all dressed up like a Saturday night
(A) Strolling down the street, feeling fine
(G) Tipping your hat, saying “Howdy, Shine”
(D) If I knew your secret I would make it mine

(D) Tarbaby, Tarbaby, tell me true
Who is really the jigaboo?
Is it the white man (G), the white talking that jive
Or the black (D) man, the black, trying to stay alive?
You (A) can’t touch a tarbaby, everybody knows
(G) Smiling all the while wit de bone in de nose
(D) That’s the way the story goes

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-Aye
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-Aye

Arkansas Traveler (Mercury 1992) / Arkansas Traveler (Mighty Sound 2004)

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