Not a dance, “The Parting Glass” parody for contra dances

While driving between Bennington, VT and Deerfield, NH for gigs this past weekend,  I was listening to CDs and heard Mayfly’s rendition of “The Parting Glass”. I was inspired to write a parody of it more fitting for contra dances. If you’re not familiar with the lovely tune, there are many versions on YouTube and such. I can’t find an copy of Mayfly’s, but the Wailin Jenny’s do a lovely version as well (please do not blame with of those fine groups for this):


For all the neighbors that e’er I swung,
I swung them in good company.
And all the whoops that e’er I flung,
Came echoed back so joyfully.
For all I stomped, and clapped and spun,
My feet and knees they do recall.
So fill for me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

For the chains and heys and the promenades,
And the lines of four going down the hall,
For the circle lefts and the roll-aways,
And in a ring we balance all;
For the allemandes, the right and left grands,
Mistakes we made but still had a ball;
Please lift for me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

Oh for all the hands four that e’er I held,
And the teachings that I chatted through;
Still the dance does always seem to meld,
Guided by one voice that prompts it true.
And waiting out, with partners dear, the music fills my heart and ear.
But the waltz is done, and there’s no more calls,
Good night and joy be with you all.
Good night and joy be with you all.