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Posted by W.F. on August 16, 2001

Any idea why "The Camptown Ladies" sing ('dis song)-doo-dah, doo-dah?

I have so far established that numerous "organized" horse race/carnivals traveled the country in the 1800's and were peopled by the equivalent of 'carny folk' including 'ladies' (who were frequently of 'easy virtue') what about this doo-dah?

Is this a substitute lyric for some solicitation of the Camptown crowds? Is there a meaning for 'doo-dah'?

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