Chris Kenner - LAND OF 1000 DANCES

First performance: 30/10/1976


Coverinfo

Bruce Springsteen performed Land of 1000 dances in full a few times off-tour in the eighties and nineties. He also used throughout his career bits of Land of 1000 dances into other songs live, mostly the famous "na na na na na" hook, which was first added by Cannibal & The Headhunters in their version of the song.
 
Regulary performed during Light of day and the Detroit Medley 
 
examples :   
  • Law suit Tour  
The only ever guest appearance by Patti Smith at a Springsteen concert, on a customized, one-off, arrangement of "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". Patti Smith rants/sings during a special interlude break in "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)", with the horns playing what sounds like the riff to "Shotgun" and Springsteen providing a "Land Of 1000 Dances" chant, as well as the usual "Theme From Shaft" snippet
 
  • Born in the USA Tour 
1984-07-24 - CNE GRANDSTAND, TORONTO, ON
 
Sometimes as an intro to Cadillac Ranch during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour.  
 
  • Tunnel Of Love Tour 
 

Songinfo

"Land of a Thousand Dances" is a song written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962. The song is famous for its "na na na na na" hook. The "na na na na na" hook happened by accident after "Cannibal and the Headhunters" covered the song and the leadsinger forgot the lyrics. The melody to this section was also created spontaneously, as it is not in Chris Kenner's original track. Cannibal & the Headhunters added in their 1965 version. The original Chris Kenner recording, mentions 16 dances: the Pony, the Chicken, the Mashed Potato, the Alligator, the Watusi, the Twist, the Fly, the Jerk, the Tango, the Yo-Yo, the Sweet Pea, the Hand jive, the Slop, the Bop, the Fish, and the Popeye. Kenner's original recording included a brief, gospel-influenced, a capella introduction with the words: "Children, go where I send you / (Where will you send me?) / I'm gon' send you to that land / the land of a thousand dances." This 18 seconds was left off the single release to facilitate radio airplay, and the phrase "Land of 1000 Dances" never appeared in any subsequent recording. 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

I said, ah, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

You got to know how to pony (oh, yeah)
Like Bony Moronie (ooh, ooh)
You got to know how to twist (oh, yeah)
It goes like this (ooh, ooh)

I said, mashed potato (oh, yeah)
Do the alligator (ooh, ooh)
I said, Billy, get your yo-yo (oh, yeah)
Come on and let's go (ooh, ooh)

I said, clap your hands (come on)
I said, clap your hands (come on)
And then a-move your feet (come on)
A-get into that beat (come on)

I said, ah, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Everybody, come on, now!
(Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na) Whoa!
Yes, a-one more time
(Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na)

You got to know how to jerk (oh, yeah)
Come on, baby, work (ooh, ooh)
You got to know how to tangle (oh, yeah)
Make you do the jangle (ooh, ooh)

I said, do the watusi (oh, yeah)
Come on and do the watusi (ooh, ooh)

Yeah, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

I said, goodbye, Lucy
I said, goodbye, child
I said, wa-watusi
Put your hands in the sky
I said...