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The Cat And The Fiddle

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THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Greenburn Book 3

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and dance ½ Figs of 8 (1M round 2s and 1L round 3s)
9-16 1s dance ½ reels of 3 on sides (LSh to 1st corner to start) and ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners (RSh to 2nd corner to start)
17-24 1s dance ½ reels of 3 across (LSh to 3rd corner to start) and ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 4th corners (RSh to 4th corner) ending with a ¾ turn LH
25-32 1M dances up between 2s while 1L dances down between 3s, cast left to 2nd places own sides and 2s+1s+3s turn RH

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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"The Cat and the Fiddle" (also "Hey Diddle Diddle", "Hi Diddle Diddle", or "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon") is an English nursery rhyme. It may date back to at least the sixteenth century.

There are numerous theories about the origin of the rhyme. This profusion of unsupported explanations was satirised by J.R.R. Tolkien in his fictional explanations of 'The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late'

A common modern version of the rhyme is:

Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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