SoCS — Little Egypt


For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, the prompt is the word “movement.” However, Linda instructed us not to actually use the word movement. Choose, instead, some sort of movement, and base your post on that.

Alrighty then. I won’t use the “m-word” in this post.

But since this a stream of consciousness post, what popped into my head when I first saw the instructions was a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1961 and that was recorded by The Coasters for their 1962 album.

The song was a bit of a novelty song about a carnival belly dancer by the name of “Little Egypt.” And the specific line from that song that got me thinking about the undulating motions of a belly dancer was, “She walks, she talks, she crawls on her belly like a reptile.”

“Little Egypt,” by the way, was the stage name for at least three popular belly dancers back in the day. These three ladies had so many imitators, the name “Little Egypt” became synonymous with belly dancers generally.

Anyway, here’s a video of the song with the full lyrics after the video.

Step right up, folks
And see Little Egypt do her
Famous dance of the Pyramids

She walks, she talks
She crawls on her belly
Like a reptile

Just one thin dime
One tenth of a dollar
Step right up, folks

I went and bought myself a ticket and
I sat down in the very first row, wo wo.
They pulled the curtain but then when
They turned the spotlight way down low, wo wo,
Little Egypt came out strotting,
Wearing nothing but a button and a bow, wo wo,
Singing, Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah!

She had a ruby on her tummy and
A diamond big as Texas on her toe, wo wo.
She let her hair down and
She did the hoochie koochie real slow, wo wo,
When she did her special number on a zebra skin,
I thought she’d stop the show, wo wo,
Singing, Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah!

She did a triple somersault and when she hit the ground,
She winked at the audience and then she turned around.
She had a picture of a cowboy tattooed on her spine,
Saying Phoenix, Arizona, nineteen forty-nine.

Yeah, but let me tell you people,
Little Egypt doesn’t dance there anymore, wo wo.
She’s too busy mopping and
A taking care of shopping at the store, wo wo.
‘Cause we got seven kids and
All day long they crawl around the floor, wo wo,
Singing, Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah!

Singing, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Gitchee gitchee gitchee
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

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