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Let Me Show You How to Eagle Rock | by swanksalot
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Let Me Show You How to Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock, you remember how to Eagle Rock, right?

 

[for instance: Dictionary of American Regional English; ]

 

[also:

Eagle rock

1 - a popular black dance from the 1920's, performed with the arms outstretched with wings and the body rocking from side to side. Here's a description of the Eagle Rock (Ballin' The Jack ?)dance:

 

"First you put your two knees close up tight, then you sway 'em to the left

Then you sway 'em to the right, step around the floor kind of nice and light

Then you twist around and twist around with all your might,

Stretch your lovin' arms straight out into space,

then you do the Eagle Rock with style and grace.

Swing your foot way 'round then bring it back.

Now that's what I call Ballin' the Jack." from home.btconnect.com/Tattooz/blues_terms.htm#Eagle_rock ]

 

[some say Eagle Rock is a metaphor for sexual congress, but I have no special insight into that usage in re: this photo]

 

I only knew the phrase from a Blind Willie McTell song, Kind Mama:

 

Soon in the morning at half past four

Hot shot rider rappin' at her door

She's a real kind mama looking for another man

She ain't got nobody in town to hold her hand

Went to the door and the door was locked

Think that baby tryin' to eagle rock

She's a real kind mama looking for another man

Real kind mama looking for another man

And she ain't got nobody here to hold her hand

 

Kind mama looking for another man

 

www.last.fm/music/Blind+Willie+McTell/_/Kind+Mama+(2:56)

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Taken on May 3, 2009