[Dixielandjazz] Re: Meaning of " Dada"

Bill Haesler bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au
Fri May 30 11:50:09 PDT 2003

Dear Richard,
The thought occurred to me that the clue to the meaning of "That Da Da Strain"
may be contained in the lyrics.
I have it on disc by Anna Meyers, Mamie Smith, Eva Taylor and Ethel Waters.
Here goes (taken from the Anna Meyers version):

"That Da Da Strain" (Mamie Medina, lyr-Edgar Dowell, music. 1922.) 
Have you heard it, have you heard it, that new Da Da Strain? 
It will shake you, it will make you really go insane. 
Everybody's full of pep, 
Makes you watch your every step. 
Every dancer, every prancer, starts to lay 'em down,
When the music starts to play it makes you buzz around  
And I'll go crazy as a loon, 
When everybody hums this tune: 

Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, Da-Da, 
It's so appealing, starts me reeling; 
Like I'm sailing upon the Bounty Main. 
When everybody starts to 
Da-Da, Da-Da, 
Da-Da, Da-Da, 
I want to do it once again, I'm simply 
Wild about that Da-Da, Da-Da Strain!.

The Mamie Smith and Eva Taylor versions are the same, but both include
variations the 2nd time around, as does Ethel Waters.

Any wiser?
Me neither!
Just kidding    8>)
Kind regards,

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