Dolly Dawn
Harry Belafonte Lyrics


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Look, Look at Dolly,
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty dolly
Oh here she come, here she come, here she come
Pretty, pretty Dolly

When Dolly hear them sound the drum
Up she jump she holler: ”Here I Come”
Cause she gonna dance, she gonna sing
She gonna cause the rafters to ring
Cause she gonna dance, she gonna sing
She gonna cause the rafters to ring

Don’t stop her when she hear the call
Dolly don’t goin’ to have herself a ball

When Dolly start to shake an shout
Clear the floor cause she really move about

When Dolly go into a turn
All men jump and their eyes begin to burn

Soon Dolly go into a fall
Turn an’ spin then she starts to climb the wall




Soon Dolly go into a fall
Turn an’ spin and then she climb the wall

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Harry Belafonte's song "Dolly Dawn" depict a young woman named Dolly who is energetic and enthusiastic about dancing and singing. As soon as she hears the sound of the drum, she jumps up and announces that she's ready to put on a show. The song describes her moves as she dances and sings, causing a raucous and prompting everyone to clear the floor. The men are in awe of her and can't take their eyes off of her. She even climbs the wall, showing off her impressive acrobatic abilities.


On a deeper level, the lyrics may be interpreted as a celebration of Black culture and the joy and vitality that it brings to people's lives. Dolly represents the spirit of the community, unapologetically and confidently expressing herself through dance and song. Despite her humble beginnings, she is elevated through her art, captivating the attention and appreciation of those around her. Overall, the song is a lively exaltation of Black creativity and self-expression.


Line by Line Meaning

Look, Look at Dolly,
Let's observe the amazing performance of Dolly.


Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty dolly
Dolly is charming, lovely and delightful.


Oh here she come, here she come, here she come
Dolly is on stage and ready to perform.


Pretty, pretty Dolly
Dolly is absolutely beautiful and captivating.


When Dolly hear them sound the drum
Dolly is excited and prepared to dance when she hears the drums.


Up she jump she holler: ”Here I Come”
Dolly energetically jumps and shouts her readiness to dance.


Cause she gonna dance, she gonna sing
Dolly is multi-talented and will both dance and sing.


She gonna cause the rafters to ring
Dolly's performance will be so powerful that it will fill the entire room.


Don’t stop her when she hear the call
Do not hinder Dolly when she feels the urge to dance.


Dolly don’t goin’ to have herself a ball
Dolly is going to enjoy herself and have a great time performing.


When Dolly start to shake an shout
Dolly's movements and vocals will be impassioned and energetic.


Clear the floor cause she really move about
Everyone needs to move out of the way because Dolly's dance moves are wild and free.


When Dolly go into a turn
Dolly's twisting movements are a thrilling sight to behold.


All men jump and their eyes begin to burn
The male audience is incredibly impressed and enamored with Dolly's skill.


Soon Dolly go into a fall
Dolly's dancing becomes more daring and she falls to the floor.


Turn an’ spin then she starts to climb the wall
Despite falling, Dolly elegantly spins and twirls, then even climbs up the wall with her dance moves.


Soon Dolly go into a fall
Dolly continues to push herself in her performance, even risking falling again.


Turn an’ spin and then she climb the wall
Through her spectacular movements, Dolly continues to captivate the audience, including climbing up the wall while dancing.




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Comments from YouTube:

Mrs. G.

I love the soft drums and guitar adding a wonderful rhythm!

Anupam Dey

My very favorite song. Timeless appeal.

Yobama Joe

I love this song so much!!

Gibran Alcantar

That voice !

Gonzalo H

la cante todo el dia se me quedo pegada 😁😁

Gloria F

Groove to this while driving back and forth from work.

helen clark

harrys as good today as he was then, thanks for the delivery!

huntingvuk

great tune!

Helen Turner

Thank you. I miss this music so much.

Wiston Smith

Do I am the only one who thinks that Belafonte only rules when he sing Calypso?

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