Oh happy is the miller boy that lives by the mill.
The wheel turns round with a right good will,
One hand in the hopper and the other in the sack,
Oh the ladies step forward and the gents step back.

Dance / Play-Party Game

Partners form concentric circles, boys in the inner circle, holding hands with the girls in the outer circle. Have an extra person, the “Miller Boy,” stand alone in the center of the circle. The players march around singing the first 3 phrases. On the last phrase, the girls step forward, and the boys step backward and take a girl as a new partner. The Miller Boy tries to a girl for himself while the change is being made. If he succeeds, the man who loses his partner becomes the Miller Boy. (source)


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