Shake your brown feet, honey, Shake your brown feet, chile, Shake your brown feet, honey, Shake 'em swift and wil' -- Get way back, honey, Do that rockin' step. Slide on over, darling, Now! Come out With your left. Shake your brown feet, honey, Shake 'em, honey chile. Sun's going down this evening -- Might never rise no mo'. The sun's going down this very night -- Might never rise no mo' -- So dance with swift feet, honey, (The banjo's sobbing low) Dance with swift feet, honey -- Might never dance no mo'. Shake your brown feet, Liza, Shake 'em, Liza, chile, Shake your brown feet, Liza, (The music's soft and wil') Shake your brown feet, Liza, (The banjo's sobbing low) The sun's going down this very night -- Might never rise no mo'.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Song for a Banjo Dance", appears in The Weary Blues, first published 1926 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by John Alden Carpenter (1876 - 1951), "Shake your brown feet, honey", published 1927 [ medium voice and piano ], from Four Negro Songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
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