Shakin’ the Blues Away – Ann Miller solo tap number in Easter Parade (1948)

Every spring brings the ritual watching of “Easter Parade” (1948), and this song is stuck in my head. Actually, in my yoga class on Monday, my teacher was talking about shaking out “the fuzz” (Gil Hedley) and actually had us shake our arms and shoulders while standing in tadasana. This song is all I could think of. I think I’ll started a blog for my alter ego called “The Twisted Yogi.” Given the detox focus of the class, we also did lots of twists.

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Of course, the inimitable Irving Berlin, who makes an appearance as a waiter in several restaurant scenes, penned the music and lyrics for this.

There’s an old superstition ‘way down south
Ev’rybody believes that trouble won’t stay
If you shake it away
When they hold a revival way down south
Ev’rybody with care and trouble that day
Tries to shake it away

Shaking the blues away, unhappy news away
If you are blue, it’s easy to
Shake off your cares and troubles

Telling the blues to go, they may refuse to go
But as a rule, they’ll go if you’ll
Shake them away

Do like the voodoos do, list’ning to a voodoo melody
They shake their bodies so, to and fro
With every shake, a lucky break

Proving that there’s a way to chase your cares away
If you would lose your weary blues
Shake ’em away


About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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