Upload

Loading icon Loading...

This video is unavailable.

"A Real Slow Drag" Interpretation by Tay Zonday

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to like TayZonday's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to dislike TayZonday's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add TayZonday's video to your playlist.

Uploaded on Mar 2, 2008

This is my favorite Scott Joplin piece. It is the finale of his Opera "Treemonisha" in which the cast dances an allegory for Afro-American salvation in the hard times of aborted southern Reconstruction. It has lyrics that are led by Soprano and Alto protagonists.

I corrected about a dozen of the most glaring mistakes in post-production -- this interpretation is beyond my present playing ability to get through without messing up a number of times . . . though part of that's my fault as it is significantly embellished beyond the original. A lot of mistakes are left in and the tempo is not very stable . . . so this is certainly a work in progress.

Note: The keyboard graphic actually misses a few notes in faster passages (e.g. parts of the left hand from 4:05 to 4:45) . . . it was only captured at 20FPS and I think some notes ended up between frame captures. I'll need to figure out how to get it to work better.

The lyrics are as follows:

Treemonisha: Salute your partner. Do the drag, drag, drag.
Stop and move backward. Do the drag. All of you stop.
Look to your right and do the drag, drag, drag.
To your left, to your left, that's the way.

(Chorus)
Marching onward, marching onward
Marching to that lovely tune.
Marching onward, marching onward,
Happy as a bird in June.
Sliding onward, sliding onward,
Listen to that rag.
Hop. And skip. Now do that slow, do that slow drag.
Dance slowly, prance slowly,
While you hear that pretty rag.
Dance slowly, prance slowly,
Now you do the real slow drag.
Walk slowly, talk slowly,
Listen to that rag, Listen to that rag,
Hop. And skip. Now do that slow, do that slow drag.

Move along, don't stop, don't stop dancing.
Drag along, doing the real slow drag.

(Chorus)

  • Category

  • License

    Standard YouTube License

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Ratings have been disabled for this video.
Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.

Loading icon Loading...

Advertisement

Suggestions

Loading...
Working...
to add this to Watch Later

Add to