Shake Your Brown Feet, Honey!

(1927)

This is the first song in Carpenter's Four Negro Songs.

The lyrics of "Shake Your Brown Feet, Honey!" come from the following poem:


Song for a Banjo Dance
by Langston Hughes


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'.


--The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, p. 29


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