LAND OF 1000 DANCES

Original Chris Kenner version


Got to know how to pony (oh, yeah)
Like Bony Moronie (ooh, ooh)

You got to know how to twist (oh, yeah)
Go like this (ooh, ooh)

Mashed potato (oh, yeah)
Do the alligator (ooh, ooh)

Twist the twister (oh, yeah)
Like little sister (ooh, ooh)

Then you get your yeah, yo (oh, yeah)
Say hey, let's go, go (ooh, ooh)

Get out on your knees (oh, yeah)
Do the sweet peas (ooh, ooh)

Roll over on your back (oh, yeah)
Say I like it like that (ooh, ooh)

Do the watusi (oh, yeah)
Do the watusi (ooh, ooh)

Can you do the fly? (oh, yeah)
With a hand jive? (ooh, ooh)

An you do the slot? (oh, yeah)
The chicken in the pot? (ooh, ooh)

Can you do the fish? (oh, yeah)
Slow, slow twist? (ooh, ooh)

Can you do the flow? (oh, yeah)
Got to move so low (ooh, ooh)

Can you do the tango? (oh, yeah)
Takes two to tango (ooh, ooh)

I wanna show you (oh, yeah)
This little place (ooh, ooh)
Across the track (oh, yeah)

The name of this place (ooh, ooh)
Is I like it like that (oh, yeah)

The name of the band (ooh, ooh)
The Twistolettes (oh, yeah)

Come on, children (ooh, ooh)
I want to show you (oh, yeah)
I want to show you (ooh, ooh)
I want to show you (oh, yeah)
Come on children


Info

LAND OF 1000 DANCES is a song written by New Orleans R&B singer and songwriter Chris Kenner who released it as a single in November 1962. The song was also included on Kenner's 1966 album Land Of 1000 Dances.

Chris Kenner -- "Land Of 1000 Dances / That's My Girl" (1962 USA 7-inch single, A-side label)
Chris Kenner -- "Land Of 1000 Dances / That's My Girl"

7-inch single - Instant Records (3252) - USA, 1962
Chris Kenner -- Land Of 1000 Dances (album cover art)
Chris Kenner -- Land Of 1000 Dances

LP - Atlantic Records (8117) - USA, 1966

The above lyrics are for the original Chris Kenner version of LAND OF 1000 DANCES as released in 1962.

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. See the original Cannibal & The Headhunters version.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the 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