Lyrics: First verse Way down in Carolina where the sweet potatoes grow, There lives a dusky maiden by the name of Liza Snow, She used to go to parties where they'd always make her sing, But say you ought to see that Baby do the pigeon wing. They held a dancing contest and were goin' to give a prize, They all had on their finest and it now was up to Lize. Just who was goin' to win it ev'rybody there could feel, When Liza hollered to the band to play the Chicken Reel. Clear the crowd away Tell the band to play, When yer hear me say ""GO"" My honey Chorus Oh you Chicken Reel how you make me feel Say it's really so entrancin' Who could ever keep from dancin', That's the music sweet like the chicken meat, Give it to me with the dressin' I don't need no dancin' lesson. Put all the other fine selections right away That is the only tune I want to hear you play When I get married if there's music I will say ""Hey boss keep a-playin' Chicken Reel all day."" Reel all day."" Second verse - One night when from a party she was walkin’ home with Bill, Now he’s her steady feller and the night was dark and still. It seems he stole a chicken, and when Liza looked at that, She said I’m goin’ to wear it on my go-to-meetin’ hat. I guess you’re goin’ crazy answered William with a smile, But Liza said “go on you havn’t heard the latest style.” When first she wore it out the people asked her to explain, But Liza simply said Why I have chicken on the brain. Clear the crowd away Tell the band to play, When yer hear me say “GO” My honey
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