Peter O’Tavy jig

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Peter O'Tavy has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Peter O'Tavy
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D | GGG G2G | A2D A2D | AFD AFD | DEF G2D |
GGG G2G | A2D A2A | AFD DEF | G3 GBd |
g2d g2d | gfe d2d | e2e dcB | dcB A2f |
ggg g2g | gfe d2d | dcB AGF | G3 G2 ||

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Peter O’Tavy

Peter o’Tavy is a slow jig from the Isle of Man. The dance is a balancing dance, which is used to test the sobriety of the wedding party! The lyrics that are sung with the dance are:

The man is not drunk, not half drunk, half drunk,
Quarter drunk, quarter drunk, if he can dance.
The man is not drunk at all, at all,
If he can dance Peter o’Tavy.
Peter, Peter, Peter O.
When we’re married away we’ll go.
If we’re not drunk we’ll all have to show
That we can dance Peter o’Tavy!