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Malcolm McLaren

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Lyric

Hit it maestro
Duck rock

All join hands and circle south
A little bit of moonshine in your mouth
Hold your hoe and resashay
Come on back the other way

First couple out to the couple on the right
Circle up four for half the night

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

Circle up two and buckle up four
Away you go around the floor

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

Circle up two and buckle up four
Away you go around the floor

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

And everybody swing
Swing her high
Swing her low
Swing the gal in calico
Promenade around you go
Promenade

Next couple out to the couple on the right
Circle up four for half the night

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

Circle up two and buckle up four
Away you go around the floor

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock that hole in the old tin can

Circle up two and buckle up four
Away you go around the floor

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

And everybody swing
Swing her high
Swing her low
Swing the gal in calico
Promenade around you go
Promenade

Fourth couple out to the couple on the right
Circle up four for half the night

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

Circle up two and buckle up four
Away you go around the floor

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock a hole in the old tin can

Circle up two and buckle up four
Away you go around the floor

Duck for the oyster, duck, duck, duck
Dig for the clam, dig, dig, dig
Knock that hole in the old tin can

Allemande left as you go around
With a big foot up and a little foot down
Like an Indian walking on the frozen ground

Hey sift your meal and mix your dough
Save your heel, tap your toe
Take your honey and walk her slow

Promenade
You know where
And I don’t care
Take your honey to a nice, soft chair.

Thankyou partners

Sleevenotes: Up in the mountains in East Tennesse, there still exists an old pagan love ritual known as the square dance. The nearest thing to what is left of that spirit from Europe. Its origins can be traced back to Roman times. A way of finding your partner - this dance was banned by the church 150 years ago in the United States. They considered the fiddle the instrument of Satan, and the possibility of that cattleman storming into the barn dance and ending up dancing with the local Parson’s daughter was something close to immoral. Nevertheless, innuendo in lyrics prevailed. Rolling in the clover, stepping in and out of the window, and other nursery rhymes were used, slapping their hands over their thighs and whistling the tunes. Duck for the Oyster is a reminder of those days, mixed with the sound of the Pac-man, demonstrating what fun can be had by touch dancing.

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