Jitter Bug Ghost Dancers

My mother and father passed away earlier this century. I’ve been doing genealogy and found a picture of a great grandmother who looks exactly like my mother. I also have found more details about my fathers family working at the toy company. Since their birthdays are in January and February, I figured I’d write a song for them. My father would have turned 100 in just over a week. My parents loved to dance The Jitterbug. I’d have so many questions now …..

I used the Cello to write a melody for my fledgling singing voice – in the right key and range and before anything else. I’ve never done this before. Consider this an experiment.

In the shadows of my mind
I can see your faces
It seems just like yesterday
When you left this place

What was it like way back then
When you first arrived?
All the way from London Town
Young girl 25

What was it like way back then
When you first arrived?
All the way from Germany
A young boy almost 5

Chorus

Jitter
Bug
Ghost
Dancers

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