Hambone is a Juba dance, a style of dance that involves stomping as well as slapping and patting the arms, legs, chest, and cheeks. (source)


1. Hambone, hambone, have you heard?
Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.

2. If that mockingbird don’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring!

3. If that diamond ring don’t shine,
Papa’s gonna try some turpentine!

4. If that turpentine’s a mistake
Papa’s gonna throw you in the lake!

5. If that water splash on you
This whole story just ain’t true!

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