Mudcat Café message #1435826 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23203   Message #1435826
Posted By: GUEST,GUEST
16-Mar-05 - 03:00 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Miserlou
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Miserlou
This all takes me back to my junior high PE classes (c. 1966), where we learned the dance. But no one has mentioned the "tradition" (spurious, no doubt) we were told of its origin: that sometime in antiquity, a city was captured, and rather than submit to their conquerors, the women of the city danced "Misirlou" hand in hand off the top of the city's wall, committing mass suicide. Does anyone know how that story got started, or when? I don't think it was original with our gym teacher! Was there perhaps a movie scene that used the music?