American Square Dances of The West
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American Square Dances
Hold on tight and around that la-
Back to the right 'round Mama's Ba~
Pop that whip as you come down,
Join your hands and circle around.
Circle six, six in a ring, and
Break to the next, same old thing.
Hold your ladies by the wrist, and
Around that lady with a Grape Vine Twist.
Hold on tight and hold that line,
Back to the right, you're doing fine,
Around that gent and don't fall down,
Pop that whip as you come down,
Six in line with your feet on the ground,
Join your hands and circle around.
Ring up eight and don't be slow,
Half-way 'round and we'll Do-si-do.
On your heel and on your toe,
Oh, my gosh, and oh, my Joe, you'll
Never get around if you go too slow,
Take your Honey and home you go.
Stir up the dust and sweep out the sand,
And now that Second Gentleman,
Repeat the call with the Second, Third, and Fourth Gentle­men leading the dance in turn, "prompting" the gentleman who will lead the next change on the last four beats of the preceding
Promenade call.

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