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 A thank you song to honour Shirley Andrews who gave a life of service to Science, Aboriginal Welfare and more noticeably gave european Australia back its dance heritage. She introduced dancing into the National Folk festivals circa 1968 and continued uncovering and teaching dances until the week she died in 2001.

 

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THE PRIDE OF THE LAND

Words & Music: Phyl Lobl

Come on folks let's strike up the band
To remember a girl who's the pride of the land
The one who took steps to make us all dancers
Using the Polkas the Alberts and Lancers

Flying Pieman, Gay Gordons, waltzing with ease
Try not to notice the pain in your knees
In sets lines and circles we all have a chance
For surely like Shirley we were all born to dance.


At Nariel Creek they dance till they drop
Only the first light of day makes them stop
Many find grace whether hairless or hoary
Under and over and through Waves Of Tory

Let the bands play in the clubs and the halls
As people roll up for the Heritage balls
As you artfully turn in the Varsoviana
Pray no-one casts off a half-a-banana

The Schottiche the Three-step Cotilion or Reel
Dancing sure changes the way that you feel
For it won't be the beer that makes you feel ill
Its over-do-si-do-ing in the Barn Dance Quadrille

As you honour your partner we'll honour the girl
Who put life in your feet and your heads in a whirl
Of music and dancing to songs from the past
The ones she kept dancing right up to the last

Flying Pieman, Gay Gordons, waltzing with ease
Try not to notice the pain in your knees

In sets lines and circles we all have a chance
Thanks to Shirley who surely was a girl born to dance

 

 
 
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