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skw@worldmusic.de Lyr Req: Dancers of Stanton Drew (Holland, Parker) (7) Lyr Add: THE DANCERS OF STANTON DREW^^ 16 Mar 99


Finally made it, and even found a website to go to!

http:\\www.stonepages.com\dmeozzi\England\Inglese\StantonDrew.html

Chorus:
They danced, danced danced around
They danced to the fiddler's sound

Midsummer Day it fell on a Saturday
Sue and William went to be wed
They had music played by a fiddler
Let's go dancing William he said

Midnight struck and then said the fiddler
Dancing on Sunday wouldn't be right
Sue gave a laugh, Don't care if to hell I go
I'll find another fidder tonight

Off went the fiddler, left them a-grumbling
Then another fiddler came along the way
You'd like to dance and I'd like to play for you
Tunes he played both merry and gay

Stop, cried the dancers, No, cried the fiddler
He kept on in spite of all their moans
They couldn't stop their jerking and stumbling
Then in a flash he turned them into stone

Stanton Drew in the County of Somerset
That's where the Devil played at Sue's request
They paid the price for dancing on a Sunday
Ever as stones they stand at rest

I don't think the song is traditional. The tune is far too sweet and the words are far too logical! :-) It comes from a 1978 Yetties album, 'Dorset Style'. The Yetties credit it to Parker / Holland - whoever they may be. Hope it's what you were after! Susanne


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