Juba is a sort of "dance" described as a "thigh slapping art form". It came from West Africa and was performed by African American slaves. It involves slapping various parts of the body - especially the hips, thighs, chest and arms - and also stomping. The noise of the slapping and stomping plays the role of percussion in the song, keeping the beat.

Notes

*or "killed" or "chased".
**or "And that's the way,
My mama's troubles begin."

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Here's the version from the book "Negro Folk Rhymes" (1922) by Thomas W. Talley:

Expressions marked with an * are specific dance steps.

Juba dis, an' Juba dat,
Juba skin dat Yaller Cat*.
Juba! Juba!

Juba jump an' Juba sing.
Juba, cut dat Pigeon's Wing*.
Juba! Juba!

Juba, kick off Juba's shoe.
Juba, dance dat Jubal Jew*.
Juba! Juba!

Juba, whirl dat foot about.
Juba, blow dat candle out.
Juba! Juba!

Juba circle, raise de Latch*.
Juba do dat Long Dog Scratch*.
Juba! Juba!

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Juba this and Juba that,
Juba killed a yellow cat.

Bend over doubble trouble, Juba!
Ah, ha! Juba!

We bake the bread
And you give us the crust.

We beat the corn
And you give us the husk.

We cook the meat
And you give us the skin.

And that's when my mama's
Troubles begin.

I said, "Juba!"

(Repeat)
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Here's the version in the video below:

Juba this and Juba that,
Juba killed a yellow cat.

Get over doubble trouble, juba!
Juba! Juba! Juba! Juba!

Juba for ma,
And juba for pa,
And juba for your mother-law!

And just juba!
Juba! Juba! Juba! Juba!
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