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No. 19 - Vocal Gavotte - "To and fro."

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Chorus: To and fro, dignified and slow,
People use to dance in the long ago,
They found it pleasant,
And for the present
We'll try to imitate their courtly ways.
Hand in hand, Lords and ladies grand
Trod a measure stately, we understand.
We've heard about it,
No one can doubt it,
Oh! there was dancing in the good old days.
Do your best, by and by
Ev'ry guest ought to have a try.
Folks who are not active
Find the step attractive,
For it won't exert them greatly.
Now confess there are faults,
More or less, even in a waltz.
Constant pirouetting
Is a bit upsetting,
This is really much more stately.
To and fro, dignified and slow,
People use to dance in the long ago,
They found it pleasant,
And for the present
We'll try to imitate their courtly ways.
Hand in hand, Lords and ladies grand
Trod a measure stately, we understand.
We've heard about it,
No one can doubt it,
Oh! there was dancing in the good old days.
Jim: Oh, I say!
This sort of thing is rather slow.
I prefer a good old friendly hop,
Whirling round and round until you drop,
Why can't they strike up a lively tune or so?
I suppose the other folks would stare
If they saw me kick my tootsies up in the air.
Chorus: To and fro, dignified and slow,
People use to dance in the long ago,
They found it pleasant,
And for the present
We'll try to imitate their courtly ways.
Hand in hand, Lords and ladies grand
Trod a measure stately, we understand.
We've heard about it,
No one can doubt it,
This is how they danced
in the good old days.
Those were indeed good old days.

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