Polka By Another Name
This polka and the part of the set it was played for are stuck in my brain 50 years later. The occasion was a house party for a couple that had been married shortly before. The best party I can remember in our house, and the kitchen was tight for the set, musicians, spectators. My father was one of the musicians. I don’t remember asking him the name, but I’ve always called it Elly’s song. Elly was the bride and she danced the set. To complete the visual picture, this polka is played for the advance-retire-advance-retire, and it was done with such gusto, I thought the opposing couples would charge each other off the floor.
I came across it in a little book called Whistle and Sing, and it is called McElroy’s Fancy there. I looked it up in the Tunes section to see if I would know it by another name, but it is not listed, at least by that name.
It goes like this:
|B2 B>A|FA DA|B2 B>A|Bc/d/ ed|
|B2 B>A|FA D>E|FD AF|E2 E2:||