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of the West and Southwest
Virginia Reel, Call Southwestern Version, Four Couples to a Set
The traditional music for this dance is "Irish Washerwoman" played in 6/8 Quadrille rhythm, moderate fast tempo.
The First Two forward up and bow,
The Second Two up and show them how.
The First Two forward with a Right Hand Swing,
The Second Two follow with the same old thing, and
Swing by the right in the center of the ring,
The First Two forward with a Left Hand Swing.
The Second Two follow and don't be late, you
Swing in the center like a'swingin' on a gate.
The First Two forward with a Two Hand Whirl, and
The Second Two follow and swing your girl with a
Two Hand Swing on the same old track, now
The First Two Sashay, back to back
The Second Two follow and don't be slow,
The Head Couple, down you go, and
Plow the middle and hoe the row to the
End of the line and then come back,
Sashay home on that old back-track, and
Swing by the right at the head of the hall with a
Once and a Half, now swing them all, with a
Left Hand Swing to the next in line, a
Right to your Honey, you're right on time, a
Left to the buggy and a right to the wheel, the
Faster you go, the better you feel, now
Swing the next and don't be shy,
Grab your Honey on the fly, and
Sashay home, don't be slow, all
Face the caller and here we go, the
Ladies go gee and the gents go haw,
Make your arch at the end of the hall.