The syncopated beat of the blues
Will make you move those feet in your shoes.
It’s got a rhythm everyone feels
Somewhere between the toes and the heels.
And faster than you can say “Let’s dance!”
You’re jumping up and taking the chance.
Well, syncopation’s centuries old.
It started in the classical mold.
And though it had been known all along,
It really shone in popular song.
When Mr. Joplin wrote ragged time,
The syncopation made it sublime.
And still today we’re hearing the beat
Of syncopated tunes on the street.
It figures into rap and hip-hop,
That little hesitation or stop
That comes from variations in stress
That syncopation is, more or less.