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The Play-Party in Indiana.                         47
each boy takes one step backward and promenades with the girl behind him.
Repeat from the beginning with new partners. Continue repeating until all are in their original relative positions.
The words change to agree with the dance. Hence, stanza 2: Next gent swing his opposite lady.
d. The words of this game correspond rather c'osely to those printed by Miss Goldy Hamilton. (Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVII, p. 297).
The variant from Nebraska (Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVII, p. 281) has more of the suggestion of the ballad.19
Mr. Edwin F. Piper prints a variant, which is much longer and the reference to the "Lincoln boys," suggests that it was in in some way related to a Civil War ballad. (Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVIII, p. 286.)
It is interesting historically, to find this title, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" as the name of the traditional air which was the tune to the Kirkby Malzeard Sword dance. It is otherwise known as "Brighton Camp." (C. J. Sharp. Sword Dances, page 40.)
Go in and out the Windows.
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