Glossary entry for
land of a thousand dances

This may be a reference to a Wilson Pickett song called "Land of a Thousand Dances", although the lyrics to that song set a completely different mood to the song Van makes the reference in:

Land of a Thousand Dances
(Writers: Chris Kenner & Antoine 'Fats' Domino)

One, two, three
One, two, three

OW!
Do it!
Alright!
Uh!

Got to know how to Pony1
Like 'Bony Maronie'2

'Mashed Potato'3
Do 'The Alligator'4

Put your hand on your hips, yeah
Let your backbone slip

Do the 'Watusi'5
Like my little Lucy

OW! Uh!
Na, na-na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na-na

I need somebody help me say it one time!

(Chorus)
Na, na-na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na-na

WOW-OOOOW!

(Instrumental & sax solo)

OOW! UH!
You know I feel alright?
Huh!
Feel pretty good y'all
Uh-huh!

Na, na-na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na-na

C'mon ya'all, let's say it one more time!

(Chorus)
Na, na-na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na-na-na

OOOOH!

Dancin' in the alley
With 'Long Tall Sally'6

'Twistin'7 with Lucy
Doin' the Watusi

Roll over on your back
I like it like that

Do that Jerk8, oh
Watch me work, ya'all

Ow! Do it!

Wow!
Do it!

Watch me do it

Ooh, help me!
Ooh, help me!

Whoa, help me!
Ooh, help me.

  1. 'Pony Time' was Pop Chart #1 Jan 23, 1961 by Chubby Checker. (Do the pony with your partner...)
  2. 'Bony Maronie' was Pop Chart #14 Nov 11, 1957 by Larry Williams. (I got a gal named Bony Maronie, she's as skinny as a stick of macaroni...)
  3. 'Mashed Potato Time' Pop Chart #2 Mar 3, 1962 by Dee Dee Sharp (You'll find this dance is so cool to do...)
  4. 'The Alligator' Bogaloo Pop Chart #93 Nov 4, 1967 by Lou Donaldson. (Instrumental - Sax- funky/soul)
  5. The 'Wah Watusi' was Pop Chart #2 June 9, 1962 by The Orlons. (Wah, wah-a-Watusi, 'c'mon and take a chance and get a-with this dance..)
  6. 'Long Tall Sally' Pop Chart #6 Apr 7, 1956 by Little Richard. (Long tall Sally, she's real sweet-she-got, ev'rything that Uncle John need...)
  7. 'The Twist' (various 'Twist' songs) including, 'Twistin' the Night Away' by Sam Cooke Pop Chart #9 Feb 3, 1967 (Man, you find the old and young, twistin' the night away..)
  8. 'The Jerk' Pop Chart #7, Nov 14, 1964+ (1965) by The Larks. (Everybody's got the beat, hey-ay look at me, doin' the Jerk, let me see you work..)

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