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Lucy's Flittin'

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LUCY'S FLITTIN' (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Lily Davison Glenfeshie Book

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place and dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s turn 1st corner RH to 1M between 3s, 1L between 2s and 1s set to partner (up/down). 1s turn 2nd corner LH to 1M between 2s, 1L between 3s and 1s set to partner (up/down)
17-24 All dance DoSiDo with opposite person turning onto own sides 1s ending in 2nd place
25-32 All circle 6H round and back

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

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The title of this dance, Lucy's Flittin', comes from Lucy's Flittin' - Song written by William Laidlaw, published in Hogg's Forest Minstrel, 1810 and sung to the tune of Paddy O'Rafferty.

'Twas when the wan leaf frae the birk tree was fa'in,
And Martinmas dowie had wound up the year,
That Lucy row'd up her wee kist wi' her a' in't,
And left her auld maister and neebours sae dear:
For Lucy had served in the glen a' the simmer;
She cam' there afore the flower bloomed on the pea;
An orphan was she, and they had been kind till her,
Sure that was the thing brocht the tear to her e'e.

'Lucy's Flitting' is a simple and pathetic picture of a poor Ettrick maiden's feelings, in leaving a service where she had been so happy.

Lucy's Flittin' Song - Information Video

Lucy's Flittin'
Lucy's Flittin', From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Wood's Edition Of The Songs Of Scotland, Printed Music, c. 1857

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