Blue Tail Fly
Bob Atcher; Pete Seeger; many others 1844
  (Top 25349)   Brian Hotchkies

INTRO (slow tempo)

Bow to your partner, corner too
Then a half sashay, that's what you do
Bow to the girl on the right of you
Swing the corner, you're not through


OPENER    Basic

*Allemande left with ol' left hand
Partner right in a right & left grand
Every other girl with every other guy
Promenade with the blue tail fly
Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care
Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care

Swing your honey when you get there
My massa's gone away


FIGURE    Mainstream, corner progression

Head 2 men and your pretty little girl
Go up to the middle and back to the world
Turn your opposite lady with a right hand round
Partner now with a left hand round
Corners all with a right hand round
Partners left like a left allemande
Now the wrong way with a right & left grand
Every other girl with every other hand

Meet a new girl (corner) box the gnat
Men star by the left like that
Once around to the same new girl
Promenade around the world
Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care
Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care

Swing your honey when you get there
My massa's gone away


MIDDLE BREAK (slow tempo)   

Allemande left, allemande thar
Gents back in with a right hand star
Shoot that star with a full turn Joe
Pull the corner by you know
(Repeat INTRO from "*")


CLOSER (slow tempo)    Basic, corner progression

Bow to your partner, corner miss
To the opposite lady just blow a kiss
Wave at the girl on the ol' right wall
Swing your partner, that's not all

(Repeat INTRO from "*")


SEQUENCE (Opener, figure twice for heads, middle break, figure twice for sides, closer)

Susie-Q is used in this figure by directional calling, not by name.


Music -- https://www.ceder.net/recorddb/viewsingle.php?RecordId=2796
Lyrics -- https://www.ceder.net/recorddb/lyrics.php?LyricsId=519