Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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BUFFALOES AND INJUNS
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Four little buffaloes
And one Injun
Round the outside,
Round the outside, Four little buffaloes and one Injun And everybody swing.
Four little buffaloes And two Injuns Etc., as above.
Four little buffaloes And three Injuns. Etc.
Four little buffaloes
And four Injuns
Etc. And everybody swing. Noiv promenade to your seats.
Note: Out around the ring is often sung instead of the line, Round the outside.
THE EXPLANATION:
Almost the same dance as the preceding dance, Yaller Gal, except that since it is sung it has no regular Western dance introduction or ending. And after the four ladies go round the outside of the set, they are joined by the first gentleman, then the first and second gentlemen, etc., until all go around the outside.
The repetitions of Round the outside in each verse allow just time enough for the dancers to get around.
In the second half when the Injuns join in with the buffaloes, there are fewer and fewer dancers left standing in the set until, by the last repetition, when four buffaloes and four Injuns go round the outside, the set which they go around is purely imaginary.
The last line, Promenade, is spoken, of course, and not sung.
Since this dance is sung to a fixed tune it would argue that it is the older of the two. And since its use of "buffaloes"






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