Form two facing lines with partners across from one another.
All steps done to the beat.
Couple at the beginning of the line is the "head couple."
Verse: All take four steps forward, four back, eight forward (exchanging places with their partner).
After you have learned the dance, sing along:
I wish I was an apple ahanging on a tree,
And ev'ry time my Cindy passed she'd take a bite of me!
Get along home, Cindy, Cindy, get along home Cindy, Cindy,
Get along home, Cindy, Cindy, I'll marry you some day.
She told me that she loved me, she called me sugar plum,
She threw her arms around me and I thought my time had come.
I wish I had a needle as fine as I could sew,
I'd sew that gal to my coattail, and down the road I'd go.
See another version of this song in AppLit, as it appears in May Justus' story New Boy in School (1963).
The Digital Library of
Appalachia also has many digital copies of recordings of "Cindy" from
archives of Appalachian colleges.
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West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature is a self-contained teaching unit by Avis Caynor and Reneé Wyatt (1997), reprinted with permission in 2003 in the larger web site AppLit.
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