Lyrics

1. Choose your partner as we go round,
Choose your partner as we go round,
Choose your partner as we go round,
And I’ll take Susan Brown.

Refrain
Fare thee well, my dear little miss,
Fare thee well, my dear,
Fare thee well, my dear little miss,
And goodbye Susan Brown.

2. Four hands in a pokey whirl (repeat twice),
I love you, Susan Brown. Refrain

3. Change and swing with a waltzing swing (repeat twice),
And I’ll take Susan Brown.

4. Fare thee well, my dear little miss (repeat twice),
Goodbye Susan Brown.

Dance / Play Party

Formation – Students form a circle with hands joined. Inside the circle is one couple.

  • Verse 1 – Students in the circle join hands and circle left. [Optional: promenade counterclockwise] The boy in the center grabs a girl from the outside circle to be his partner. The girl takes a boy from the circle to be her partner. (There will be 4 people in the center: 2 couples.)
  • Verse 2 – Outer circle circles to the right while partners in the center form a right hand star and circle left. [Optional: Students in the circle continue to promenade.]
  • Verse 3 – Center couples exchange partners, then swing their partners. Outside circle walks to the left.
  • Outer circle stands still and claps while the students in the center do-si-do.

Play begins again with the original 2 students in the center joining the circle, and the 2 students recently chosen start again by choosing new partners (verse 1).

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