Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Deuks Dang Ower My Daddie

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

JUST AS I WAS IN THE MORNING (The Deuks Dang Ow'er My Daddy) (J8x40) 2C (4C set) David Rutherford RSCDS Book 19

1- 8 1s cast 1 place and cross RH, cast up on opposite side and cross back LH
9-16 2s cast up and cross RH, cast down 1 place and cross back LH
17-24 1M in prom hold with partner (Lady on Man's right) dance down behind 2M (who steps up) and 1M leaves 1L in 2nd place (opposite side), 1M ½ turns 2L RH to end on Ladies' side with 2L on his right
25-32 1M+2L lead across between 1L+2M and cast round own partner and return to Ladies' side, 1M+2L turn RH to face partners
33-40 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and turn RH to end in 2nd place own sides

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

The Deuks Dang Ower My Daddie
David Rutherford RSCDS Book 19
Jig 8 x 40 bars 2 Couple Repeat 4  Couple  Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s cast and cross by the right;

  5-8   1s cast up and cross by the left;

  9-12 2s cast up and cross by the right;

13-16 2s cast and cross by the left;

17-18 WHILE 2s step up, 1s take promenade hold and cast on the Mn's side, 1L finishing in 2M's place;

19-20 1M cross to face out on the Ls' side below 2L (in 1L's place);

21-24 2L1M turn by the left on the Ls' side, finishing facing the Mn's side, 2L on 1M's right, nearer hands joined;

25-32 2L1M lead out of the Mn's side, cast (L up, M down), meet and turn by the right, 2L finishing in 1L's place, 1M in 2L's place;

33-36 1s half figures of 8 round 2s;

37-40 1s turn by the right.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

17-18 2M must move up immediately (best by casting up as a continuation of the previous 8 bars) WHILE 1M dances towards 1L to take promenade hold; 2L must step up so that 1M can cross below her.

21-24 On completing the left turn, 1M must turn halfway on the spot and take nearer hands with 2L.

    -32 2s in 1st place, 1s in 2nd place on opposite sides.

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, The Deuks Dang Ower My Daddie, comes from The Deuks Dang Ower My Daddie - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1792.

The bairns gat out wi' an unco shout,
The deuks dang o'er my daddie, O!
The fien-ma-care, quo' the feirrie auld wife,
He was but a paidlin' body, O!

This Poem was also called "The Bairns Gat Out" (literally "the children get out") and appeared in many collections of Robert Burns, who based his poem on an older, traditional song thought to be too rude for modern ears.

The most likely explanation of the meaning of the dance title is that the word "deuk" is a misspelling of "deoch", a dram, as in the well-known Gaelic phrase "deoch an dorus", the "drams knocked over my Daddie".

Deuks Dang Ower My Daddie Song - Information Video

Deuks Dang Ower Song
Deuks Dang Ower From The Book Of Scottish Song, 1843

Image copyright Alexander Whitelaw [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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