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How Can I Keep From Swinging (Harry and Sandy Berkowitz) Come all you dancers far and near And hear my plight so stinging I'm doomed to roam from dance to dance I cannot keep from swinging. My eyes can't see, my feet are sore My clothes from sweat are wringing The band begins. I can't ignore How can I keep from swinging The music starts, the room's a blur And everything is spinning; I know not how, I know not why But I cannot keep from swinging Through Soldier's Joy and Saint Anne's reel Through Devil's Dream and Lancers I dance and dance the whole night through And never find the answers No matter what the caller calls It never makes me nervish For on my right I see the smile Of another whirling dervish To kiss the one in my embrace It takes the strength of horses My osculation is undone By cen-tri-fu-gal forces And when my bones shall turn to dust And all this flesh shall wither A dizzy ghost shall haunt these halls Still in a spinning dither And if this fate I'm to avoid And keep my ship from sinking I'll make a change e'er all is lost I think I'll take up drinking. HB
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