Running Bear singing call

By Dick Jones, Long Island.

Sequence: figure 4 times: twice with heads, twice with sides.


Four ladies chain, across the river,
You chain 'em back, an' roll away.
Heads [Sides] a-go forward up and back, and then you'll ... star thru.
Outside two, dive thru, pass thru and dosido,
Same four circle half, and then you'll ... dive thru,
Square thru, sides [heads] divide, star thru, and when you do
Meet that two, dosido, and then you circle
Halfway and then dive thru. Box the gnat.
You pull on thru and swing and whirl your corner,
Left allemande, and promenade.
You'll promenade the ring with your pretty little thing.
You're big chief Running Bear.
[2nd figure: You paddle down the stream with your pretty Indian queen, ....
3rd figure: As shelter from the wind, he wears his old bear skin,
They call him Running Bear.]

Source: Transcribed from the original recording of Dick Jones.

Teaching: Divide is no longer on the Mainstream or Plus list: Turn your back on your partner and walk around the outside of the set one quarter (typically to meet someone). It always applies to the ends. Here, it is the dancers in the sides position, who happen to be the original heads; they divide while the centers are still doing the square thru.

Transcribed by Stephen Gildea.