"All The Girls In France Do The Hoochie-Coochie Dance"

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by goofyfish, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

    Thanks to those wonderful old-music sites that are popping up on the Internet, I have been listening to a lot of pop tunes, c1910–30. One musical leitmotif that recurs frequently is the "Little Egypt" music, which I sang as a child as…
    • All the girls in France Do the hoochie-coochie dance,
      And the way they shake, it could really kill a snake.
      When the snake is dead, they will tie it 'round their head…
    Now, that can't be right. I mean the lyrics; I don't mean the entire female population of France dancing around with dead snakes tied around their heads. I have never been to France, but I trust that is not the state of affairs there.

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    What are the lyrics to this ditty you heard as a tot?

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  3. BigBlueHead Great Tealnoggin! Registered Senior Member

    In the land of Oz/
    all the ladies wear no bras/
    but the men don't care/
    'cause they wear no underwear.

    Sorry, that's what they used to sing at my public school.
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  5. rb962 Registered Member

    all the girls in france

    i remember this song as a kid. we would jump rope or something else to the words. i didnt realize there were so many variations!

    all the girls in france
    do the hoochie coochie dance
    every move they make
    is enough to kill a snake
    when the snake is dead
    they put roses round its head
    when the roses die
    they put diamonds in his eyes
    when the diamonds break
    it is 1968!

    i have seen some alternate lyrics on various site that were more crude or racists, but this is the one i recall
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  7. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

    That, sir, is definitively a lie. I know several Ozians and that is a vicious slander. They wear underwear. Mostly. Anyway, there is no excuse for this kind of gross stereotyping, which I believe is against site rules.
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  9. Buddha12 Valued Senior Member

    Necromancing a thread that was already dead, someone really had to dig this up from the past and for what?
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  11. Cheerful2mara Registered Member

    This is the song I learned in, I believe, 1964-65.

    All the girls in France
    Do the hoochie coochie dance.
    You should see them shake, it’s enough to kill a snake.
    When the snake is dead
    You put roses by its head.
    When the roses die
    You put tulips by its side.
    When the tulips die
    It is 1895.

    Years later, probably in my late 20’s, I sang this to my grandmother, who was born in 1894. She started laughing, and told me that when she was a child, she sang very similar lyrics to the identical tune. When she sang her version to me, which I wish I could remember in its entirety, the last line was, “It is 1825!”

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