[Dixielandjazz] Re: Info on "That Da-Da Strain"?

Dan Augustine ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Dec 26 20:43:21 PST 2004

>From: "Dave at Creolejazz.com" <dave at creolejazz.com>
>To: "Dixieland Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 22:00:39 -0600
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Info on "That Da-Da Strain"?
>Looking for the year, proper spelling, and composer of this tune. 
>Anyone? Thanks.
Dave (c: DJML)--
     Here you go, from the files (and files) of yesteryear.
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 10:50:09 +1000
From: "Bill Haesler" <bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au>
To: jazzfact <jazzfact at ozemail.com.au>
cc: dixieland jazz mail list <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Meaning of " Dada"

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,
>Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 11:14:22 +1000
>From: Bill Haesler <bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] That Da Da Strain
>Dear friends,
>A short while back we discussed the origin of the song title "That Da Da
>I answered the query with the words taken from the early records.
>Somehow my copy of that reply and other correspondence is missing.
>Probably deleted in a fit of enthusiasm!
>Does anyone have a copy, or can tell me how to access the DJML 'archive', if
>there is one.
>Kind regards,

**  Dan Augustine     Austin, Texas    ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu   **
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