The Crooked Step polka

The Crooked Step has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: The Crooked Step
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
[M:3/4][L:1/8]G/A/B/c/ dg fa|[M:2/4][L:1/16]g2d2 d4|
c2e2 d2B2|{Bc}B2A2 A4|[M:3/4][L:1/8]G/A/B/c/ dg fa|
[M:2/4][L:1/16]g2d2 d4|e2c2 A2F2|A2G2 G4|[M:3/4][L:1/8]G/A/B/c/ dg fa|[M:2/4][L:1/16]g2d2 d4|
c2e2 d2B2|{Bc}B2A2 A4|[M:3/4][L:1/8]G/A/B/c/ dg fa|
[M:2/4][L:1/16]g2d2 d4|e2c2 A2F2|A2G2 G4|
|:d2g2 g2fe|d2B2 B4|c2e2 d2B2|{Bc}B2A2 A4|
[M:3/4][L:1/8]G/A/B/c/ dg fa|[M:2/4][L:1/16]g2d2 d4|
e2c2 A2F2|1 A2G2 G4:|2 G4G4||

Three comments

The Crooked Step

This is an original tune - it’s really a crooked polka. It has an extra beat in the first measure (3/4 instead of 2/4). One day I was playing the slow air "An Buachaill Caol Dubh" and wanted to follow it with something more up-beat and happy, and this tune just fell out (it has the same first 7 notes). I sort of like crooked tunes - I envisage the dancers falling flat on the floor when they encounter that extra beat or missing beat!

Zwiefacher…

Zweifacher

Thanks ceolachan. You’re right, the Zwiefacher is a quick south German dance with changing 3/4, 2/4 meters. Do a normal waltz step and then a dreher (a two-step as in the second part of a scottish).

Often times dancers will set the tune to words in order to remember the changes. Here’s a set of lyrics I just wrote:

Dance a crook-ed step, be care-ful,/
/Hold on tight,/ don’t you fall or/ die of fright./
Waltz a lit-tle spree and then you/
Pol-ka one,/ pol-ka two and/ pol-ka three./

Two step one and a/ two step two,/
Once a-gain, you’re/ al-most through,/
Waltz a-noth-er dance and then you/ two step thrice/
Do the zwie - /fach-er tanz/