Life is But A Melancholy Flower

Source: Composed by John Sweeney
Formation: Contra; Improper

A1 Neighbour Dosido and give two hands
Neighbour Balance & Petronalla Turn for Two (spin "one place" to your right and face your neighbour)
The men should now be back to back in the middle of a line of four across the room
A2 Take Two Hands with Neighbour:
All Gallop Down
All Gallop Up
B1 Start a Neighbour Gypsy; Men leave and Half Left Shoulder Gypsy with each other
Partner Swing
B2 Balance the Ring; Petronella Turn (spin one place to your right)
Balance the Ring; California Twirl

32 bars - bouncy and lively.

Gallop: Americans often say "sashay" - but that word doesn't give the right feel - I mean gallop!

The name comes from a song I was humming when I was working out the dance. It is just the words "Life is But A Melancholy Flower" sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques". Try it. The phrasing that the tune makes you use changes the words :-)

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