The Feet Washing reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Feet Washing has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Feet Washing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
g|:ec (3ccc c2 Gc|Bc de fb fd|ec (3ccc c2 Gc|eg fd (3ccc cg:|
ef ge de fb|dB fB gB fB|ef ge de fb|dB fd (3ccc cg|
ef ge de fb|(3dcB fB gB fB|ef ga bg fe|dB fd (3ccc cg|

Three comments

from the collected poems of John Logan:

The foot is more secrete, more obscene,
its beauty more difficulty won-
is thick with skin and
so is more ashamed than the hand.

One nestled in the arch back of the other
is like a lover
trying to learn to love


At the top of crossed foot branches
two rows or bunches
of small, fat birds are hunched.
Somehow they manage to touch

with tenderness. Short,
bundled up, squat
they begin to dance.


Feet are members of a natural pair
and on these
(left and right)

sand has the glint of wheat.


Held towards a water colored sky
full of birds and gods and souls
of the young,

the whole, lyrical foot bal-

ances, with its heel
on the great toe of its mate.
Watch! Next the earthen foot
will step into flight!

…Both the name of the tune and the way it looks on the page (eg; the 5 black c’s bunched together!) reminded me of this poem…

This is a sweet poem, wish I could dance now.
And washing the feet afterwards would be a good thing for sure. πŸ™‚