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MOUNTAIN FROLIC, by            
First Line: In working clothes with song and whoop and shout
Last Line: Shot dead for dancing with his pal's best girl.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Festivals; Guns; Murder; Music & Musicians; Fairs; Pageants


In working clothes with song and whoop and shout
The mountain gallants shuffling, laughing, come
As tuning banjos clack, then mildly strum,
While girls in gingham idly stand about.
Fiddles and banjos all in tune at last,
A surge of racing music stirs the blood,
And dancing couples start a mighty flood
Of sound as brogan shoes go thumping fast.

The music throbs for hours. The room grows hot.
The dancing rages jubilant and wild,
Each dancer seeming happy as a child.
Then sharp above it all a pistol shot --
A heavy body falls and stops the whirl,
Shot dead for dancing with his pal's best girl.





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