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Dance Fairly Shot o' her 2042

Jig · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

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800 844 888 822 = 62% (1 turn), 47% (whole dance)
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change
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Fairly Shot O' Her

Till we were married I cou’d na see light till her,
For a month after a’ thing ay gaed right wi’ her,
But these ten years I hae prayed for a wright to her,
O gin I were fairly shot o’ her.
O gin I were fairly shot o’ her,
Fairly, fairly shot o’ her,
O gin I were fairly shot o’ her.
If she were dead I wad dance on the tap o’ her.

Nane o’ her relations or frien’s cou’d stay wi’ her,
The neighbors and bairns are fain to fly frae her,
An’ I my ain sell is fore’t to gie way till her,
O gin I were fairly shot o’ her.

She gans aye sae braw, she’s sae mickle pride in her,
There’s no a goodwife in the haill country side like her,
Wi’ dress an’ wi’ drink the d-l wadna bide wi’ her.
O gin I were fairly shot o’ her.

If the time wou’d but come that to the kirk gate wi’ her,
An’ into the yerd I’d mak my sell quit o’ her,
I’d be as blythe as first when I met wi’ her.
O gin I were fairly shot o’ her.

William Stenhouse observes: “This old song received some additions and corrections from the pen of John Anderson, engraver of music in Edinburgh, who served his apprenticeship with Johnson, the publisher. The air, under the title of Fairlie Shot of Her, appears in Mrs Crockat’s Manuscript Music-Book, so that the tune is very old. It is also preserved in Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion, and various other collections. This tune was selected by Mr O’Keefe for one of his songs for “Shelty” in the Highland Reel, beginning ‘Boys, when I play, cry O Crimini,’ acted at Covent Garden in 1788.”

In 1789 Anderson published A Selection of the Most Approved Highland Strathspeys, Country Dances, English and French Dances and, in 1790, A Collection of New Highland Strathspey Reels.

Fairly Shot o' her 3/4L · J32
1c turn RH | cast (2c up) ; turn 1¼ LH into facing lines across (1M with 3c and 1W with 2c)
All set twice ; 1c turn 1¼ RH to (2,1,3)
All set | cross RH ; set | cross LH but 1c turn LH to face 1cnr.
1c set to 1cnr | to 2cnr swiveling R to finish between cnrs ; turn RH 1½ (to 2,1,3)
Fairly Shot o' her 3/4L · J32
1s turn RH, cast 1 place & turn LH to end Lady between 2s facing down & Man between 3s facing up
2s+1s+3s set twice & 1s turn RH 1.1/4 times to end 2nd place on own sides
2s+1s+3s set, cross RH, set & cross back LH (1s end facing 1st corners)
1s set to 1st corners, set to 2nd corners & turn RH 1.1/2 times back to places

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Added on: 2013-12-09 (Eric Ferguson)
Quality: Informal/Social (RSCDS)

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