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What's the meaning of Dance with the one that brung ya?

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2011-09-13 13:51:49
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see http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/Texas/entry/dance_with_the_one_who_brung_you_darrell_royal/

its an old Texas saying "Dance with the one that brung you" was a favorite expression of University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal. In sports, it means to go with the players and plays that result in wins. Molly Ivins wrote a book titled "You got to dance with them what brung you: politics in the Clinton years" (1998). Shania Twain recorded a song titled "Dance With the One That Brought You" (1993). The phrase was not coined by Darrell Royal. A song "I'm Going to Dance With the One Who Brung Me" was popular in the 1920s.

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You dance with them that brung ya.

-An old Texas expression of loyalty

Dance with the guy who brung you, the old expression goes. It's a pro football axiom. Translated, it means: Keep doing what has been successful for you.

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