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Rantin' Rovin' Robin

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RANTIN' ROVIN' ROBIN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Spring Collection 1988

1- 4 1s ½ turn RH moving down to end in middle in 2nd place and set (2s step up 1-2)
5- 8 1s cast and dance round 1st corners (1M round 3L, 1L round 2M) to end in middle LSh to LSh, 1M facing up and 1L facing down
9-16 1s dance RH across (1M+2L+3L and 1L+2M+3M), 1s pass RSh and dance LH across on other sides, pass LSh to face 2nd corners
17-24 1s set to 2nd corners, change places RH with corners who turn LH in middle while 1s set, 1s pass 2nd corners RSh and pull back RSh to end back to back facing 1st corners
25-32 Repeat bars 17-24 with 1st corners with 1s dancing to 2nd place own side on bars

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


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Dance Information

The title of this dance, Rantin' Rovin' Robin, comes from the Rantin' Rovin' Robin - Song written by Robert Burns appearing in his Second Commonplace Book in 1787 when he was 28.

Chorus
Robin was a rovin' Boy,
Rantin' rovin', rantin' rovin';
Robin was a rovin' Boy,
Rantin' rovin' Robin.

Rantin' Rovin' Robin first appeared in print in 1808 and was originally written and sung to the tune Dainty Davie but latterly most often sung to the tune O Gin Ye Were Dead Gudeman.

This song is an optimistic, autobiographical piece, giving a forecast of the author's imminent fame, said to reflect a similar prophecy given by a way-faring woman at Burns' birth.


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