Wearin' O' the Green

 

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Record: LS 5-139

Formation: Regular four couple square set.

Honor your partner, the lady across the hall
Honor your right hand lady, honor your corners all
     Each man bows to each lady in turn as directed, and they
     each return his salutation.
All around your left hand lady.
She's a honey   she's a pet
     Without ever changing the direction in which he is facing
     each man walks behind his corner lady, around her twd the
     center of the set, and backs up into place. As he passes
     behind her she takes two steps fwd. And as he passes in
     front of her she takes two steps back to place.
See-saw your pretty little taw
Places now   all set!
     Still continuing to face always in the same direction, he
     passes behind his partner, fwd beyond her far side, and
     back in front of her to place. As he passes behind her she
     again steps fwd, and as he passes in front she steps back to
     place. With a slight bow, he takes his regular place in the
     set ready for the change to begin.
Gentlemen swing with the corner girl,
You swing her up and down
You swing the lady you just left,
You swing your partner round.
     Each man swings his corner and then his partner (buzz
     swing).
Allemande left on your corner
on your corner allemande all.
Swing your partner once again
the best girl in the hall.
     After doing an allemande left around his corner, he swings
     his partner again.
You dos-a-dos on the corner
on the corner dos-a-dos
You dos-a-dos with your partner,
with your partner dos-a-dos
     Everyone passes back to back around their corners, the men
     starting to the outside of the women. Then all pass back to
     back with their partners, the men starting to the inside
     (always passing R shoulders).
Swing the corner girl again,
swing her slippers off!
Swing that same corner girl to a promenade
  Sound off!
     Swing the corner woman again until the words "sound off"
     when with a "stamp-stamp" in place, you take promenade
     pos, waiting a split second to start marching around the
     square.
One-two-three-four,
one-two-**-three-four
Take that pretty girl with you
and promenade the floor.
     With high knee action (in promenade pos), everyone marks
     time by taking short steps. After eight of these short mark-
     time steps (ending with the quick spoken "three-four") they
     all stride out with a full and easy step and promenade back
     home. (The mark-time steps should cover about one-fourth
     of the distance around the square, and the natural steps
     should cover the remaining three-quarters).

They must not try to change the rhythm of their steps with the final
quick-spoken "three-four." They keep right on marking time in the
regular way,   left-right-left-right, etc. but on the next to last or
seventh count when the caller rests and says nothing, they take
their regular step on the left. Then on the last beat he says quickly
"three-four." The "Three" comes with the raising of the right foot.
Then they step out with a full stride. It can be very delightful,
especially if the whole floor counts with the caller.

Repeat the main change an dchorus three more times until you get
your own partner back.

The ending is the same as the beginning except that the two
quatrains are reversed.

All around the left hand lady,
Oh, boy, what a baby
See-saw your pretty little taw,
now thank the ladies all
Honor your partner,
the lady across the hall
Honor your right hand lady,
Honor your corners all.
     The men pass behind the corner woman, around them, and
     back to place. Then they pass behind their partners, around
     them, and back to place as described in the introduction.
     Then they bow to each lady in turn, as directed by the
     caller.

Music note: The music of the verse is thirty two measures long,
divided into two slightly different sections A & B. The B section
begins with "Dos-a-dos on the corner." the chorus is the same as
the A section, but it is only half as long and it begins with the
rhythm of the "Count-off" accented in the base. The introduction
and the ending to the whole dance is the A section only. Here the
words "Honor your partner" are freely spoken during the first four
counts, and "the lady across the hall" is half spoken and half sung
to the next four counts. The rest is sung to the tune.

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