Southern Rains
Mel Tillis 1980
  (D & R 158)   Lee Schmidt

OPENER - MIDDLE BREAK - CLOSER    Basic

4 ladies promenade inside the ring
Get back home, box the gnat, swing her round you know
Join hands and circle left around and then
Allemande left the corner, weave the ring
Southern rains from the coast of Mississippi, Southern rains
Promenade when that Southern rain it hits me
I can't dip into the Jordan seven times to ease the pain
Pray for help and hope from Southern rains


FIGURE    Basic, corner progression

Heads square thru 4 hands around you go
Step to a wave then ladies trade you know
Swing thru, boys run, bend the line
Right & left thru, flutter wheel across the floor
Sweep 1/4 more, swing the corner, promenade
You may not believe my story and you may say I'm insane
But they're the closest thing to home, those Southern rains


FIGURE (ALTERNATE)    Plus, corner progression

Heads square thru 4 hands around you go
With the outside two go right & left thru
Swing thru and when you do, boys run right
1/2 tag, follow your neighbor, left allemande
Dosado your own, swing the corner girl, promenade
You may not believe my story and you may say I'm insane
But they're the closest thing to home, those Southern rains

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