This dance song probably derived from the Calinda dance which was reported to have been performed in New Orleans by Afro-Caribbean slaves brought to Louisiana. (1)

It's still sung and danced to throughout the year and for Mardi Gras in Louisiana. It's usually sung in French and then in English.

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Notes

(1) According to Wikipedia.

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The version below is sung in French and then English as it's often sung in Louisiana.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image: Calinda, dance of the Negroes in America, watercolour by François Aimé Louis Dumoulin.