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Jump in the Line

Harry Belafonte

from the album Jump Up Calypso released in 1961

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Lyrics

Intro

F ... C ... F ... C ... (with guitar riff, repeat as desired)

Verse

F C Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake your body line C7 F Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake it all the time F C Work, work, work Senora... work your body line C7 F Work, work, work Senora... work it all the time

Pre-Chorus

F Bb My girl's name is Senora F C I tell you friends, I adore her F Bb And when she dances, oh brother! F C She's a hurricane in all kinds of weather

Chorus

F C F C Jump in the line... rock your body in time... okay, I believe you F C F C Jump in the line... rock your body in time... okay, I believe you F C F C Jump in the line... rock your body in time... okay, I believe you F C F C Jump in the line... rock your body in time... whoa! (repeat the chords shown above for each matching section below) Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake your body line (whoa!) Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake it all the time Work, work, work Senora... work your body line Work, work, work Senora... work it all the time You can talk about cha-cha Tango, waltz, or the rumba Senora's dance has no title You jump in the saddle, hold on to de bridle Jump in the line, rock your body in time... okay, I believe you Jump in the line, rock your body in time... rock your body, child Jump in the line, rock your body in time... somebody, help me Jump in the line, rock your body in time... whoa! Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake your body line Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake it all the time (whoa!) Work, work, work Senora... work your body line (yup!) Work, work, work Senora... work it all the time Senora, she's a sensation The reason for aviation And fellas, you got to watch it When she wind up, she bottom, she go like a rocket Jump in the line, rock your body in time... okay, I believe you Jump in the line, rock your body in time... ...Hoist those guns a little higher! Jump in the line, rock your body in time... up the chim-a-ney! Jump in the line, rock your body in time... whooooa! (instrumental verse) Shake, shake, shake Senora... (stomp/clap 4x)... shake your body line Work, work, work Senora... (stomp/clap 4x)... work it all the time Dance, dance, dance Senora... (stomp/clap 4x)... dance it all the time Work, work, work Senora... (stomp/clap 4x)... work it all the time Senora dances calypso Left to right is the tempo And when she gets the sensation She go up in the air, come down in slow motion Jump in the line, rock your body in time... okay, I believe you Jump in the line, rock your body in time... somebody, help me Jump in the line, rock your body in time... okay, I believe you Jump in the line, rock your body in time... whooooa! Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake your body line Shake, shake, shake Senora... shake it all the time (whoa!) Work, work, work Senora! (end abruptly just after final "Senora!")

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

With the exception of the pre-chorus, this entire song follows a F-C progression that repeats over and over. While not required, you can freely substitute a C7 for any of the C chords -- it will always sound good. The typical way to play the F, C, and C7 chords on guitar is as follows. I've included the typical position for the Bb chord, which is used in the pre-chorus.

e-|---1---0---0-------
B-|---1---1---1---3---
G-|---2---0---3---3---
D-|---3---2---2---3---
A-|---3---3---3---1---
E-|---1---------------
      F   C   C7  Bb 

Just the same, you may very well want to mix up the way you play the chords to give the song a bit more variation and dynamic range. Here are a few other positions you can use. Mix and match these with the strumming style of your choice.

e-|---------8----8---6----
B-|---10----8----8---6----
G-|---10----9----9---7----
D-|---10---10----8---8----
A-|----8---10---10---8----
E-|---------8----8---6----
       F    C   C7   Bb 

Intro Tab

Here is the guitar tab for the intro of this song. As I note in the section below, the key to play this effectively is to barre the top four strings of the 5th fret with your index finger. This lets you use your remaining fingers to play the other notes, and minimizes overall hand movement.

e-|-------5---8---5---|---6-6---------------|-
B-|---6---------------|---------8---5---8---|-
G-|-------------------|---------------------|-  x1
D-|-------------------|---------------------|-
A-|-------------------|---------------------|-
E-|-------------------|---------------------|-
      F                   C 

e-|-----------5-------|-------5-------------|-
B-|---6---6-------6---|---8-----8---5-------|-
G-|-------------------|-----------------5---|-  x3
D-|-------------------|---------------------|-
A-|-------------------|---------------------|-
E-|-------------------|---------------------|-
      F                   C 

To imitate the intro horn section on guitar, refer to the following tab. It is very similar to what is shown above. Be sure to understand you're keeping your hands in the same chord positions I note in the section below.

e-|---5---5---8---5---|-------6-------------|-
B-|---6---------------|---8-----------------|-
G-|---5---------------|---5-----------------|-  
D-|---7---------------|---5-----------------|-
A-|-------------------|---------------------|-
E-|-------------------|---------------------|-
      F                   C 

Understanding the Chord Shapes of the Intro

Here are the basic chord shapes that the intro notes are derived from. The idea here is to keep your index finger barred across the highest four strings on the 5th fret. This lets you very easily use your middle, ring, and pinky fingers to play the notes on the 6th, 7th, and 8th frets. Note that a C7 can be used interchangeably with a regular C chord when playing this song -- either can be used, neither is fully required. The C7 simply gives an extra layer of flavor if you care to add it.

e-|---5-----6----
B-|---6-----5----
G-|---5-----5----
D-|---7-----5----
A-|--------------
E-|--------------
      F     C7 

Videos

Official Harry Belafonte Version

Here is the official album version of this song as recorded by Harry Belafonte.



Beetlejuice Final Scene

I most certainly have to include a clip from the final scene from Beetlejuice, which features Winona Ryder's character doing a memorable dance to this song along with some spirit backup from the other side.



Misc Covers

Given the fun nature of this song, there are some great celebratory performances of it by fans everywhere. Here are a few.

A nice group ukulele cover:



A very well done bass cover:



A dancing flash Mob in Washington, DC:



Living room run with a guitar and drum:



Chord Progressions

Verse

"Shake, shake, shake Senora..."
| F  ... | F  ... | F  ... | C ... |
| C7 ... | C7 ... | C7 ... | F ... |

Pre-Chorus

"My girl's name is Senora..."
| F ... | Bb ... | F ... | C ... |

Chorus

"Jump in the line, shake your body in time..."
| F ... | C ... | F ... | C ... |

Song Info

Song: Jump in the Line
Artist: Harry Belafonte
Album: Jump Up Calypso
Year: 1961
Label: RCA Victor

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