LAND OF 1000 DANCES

Original Cannibal & The Headhunters version


(Oh, oh, now!)

(Yeah!)

I said, ah, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

You got to know how to pony (oh, yeah)
Like Bony Moronie (ooh, ooh)
You got to know how to twist (oh, yeah)
It goes like this (ooh, ooh)

I said, mashed potato (oh, yeah)
Do the alligator (ooh, ooh)
I said, Billy, get your yo-yo (oh, yeah)
Come on and let's go (ooh, ooh)

I said, clap your hands (come on)
I said, clap your hands (come on)
And then a-move your feet (come on)
A-get into that beat (come on)

I said, ah, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Everybody, come on, now!
(Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na) Whoa!
Yes, a-one more time
(Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na)

You got to know how to jerk (oh, yeah)
Come on, baby, work (ooh, ooh)
You got to know how to tangle (oh, yeah)
Make you do the jangle (ooh, ooh)

I said, do the watusi (oh, yeah)
Come on and do the watusi (ooh, ooh)

Yeah, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

I said, goodbye, Lucy
I said, goodbye, child
I said, wa-watusi
Put your hands in the sky
I said...


Info

LAND OF 1000 DANCES is a song written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962. See the original Chris Kenner version for more details. Cannibal & The Headhunters recorded a cover and released it as a single in February 1965. The song was also included on 1965 album Land Of 1000 Dances.

Cannibal & The Headhunters -- "Land Of 1000 Dances / I'll Show You How To Love Me" (1965 U.S. 7-inch single, A-side label)
Cannibal & The Headhunters -- "Land Of 1000 Dances / I'll Show You How To Love Me"

7-inch single - Rampart Records (642) - USA, 1965
Cannibal & The Headhunters -- Land Of 1000 Dances (album cover art)
Cannibal & The Headhunters -- Land Of 1000 Dances

LP - Rampart Records (3302) - USA, 1965

The above lyrics are for the original Cannibal & The Headhunters version of LAND OF 1000 DANCES as released in 1965.

Bruce Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen performed LAND OF 1000 DANCES in full a few times off-tour in the eighties and nineties. See Springsteen's live 16 Jul 1994 version for more details. He also used throughout his career bits of LAND OF 1000 DANCES into other songs live, mostly the famous "na na na na na" hook, which was first added by Cannibal & The Headhunters in their version of the song.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) forthe lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LAND OF 1000 DANCES on this website:

LAND OF 1000 DANCES [Live 16 Jul 1994 version]
LAND OF 1000 DANCES [Original Chris Kenner version]
LAND OF 1000 DANCES [Original Cannibal & The Headhunters version]

Page last updated: 19 Feb 2012