SMOKE ON THE WATER



by Pancho Baird

Western Jubilee, No. 696


Introduction (32 counts):

            Allemande left your corner; Pass right by your own

            Right hand swing with Sally; Swing left hand with your own

            Four ladies star in the center; Star with your right hand

            Allemande left your corner; Then do a right and left grand


Filler (32 counts):

            There'll be Smoke on the Water; On the land and on the sea

            Right hand to your partner; Turn around and you go back three

            With a left, right, left hand swing; Go all the way around

            Right hand to your partner; Twirl her home and settle down.


Figure A (32 counts):

            Head gents bow to your partner; Swing your lady round and round

            Pass right through the center; Separate go round the town

            Walk right by your corner; Sashay your partners all

            Allemande left your corner; Right and left grand around the hall

            Repeat filler


Figure B (32 counts):

            Four gents circle in the center; You turn it once around

            Go home sashay your partner; Star right when you come down

            Turn that star in the center; *Til your corner comes around

            Allemande left your corner; Right and left go *round the town.

            Repeat Filler


Figure C (32 counts):

            Four ladies circle in the center, you turn it once around

            Go home sashay your partner, star right when you come down

            Turn that star in the center ‘til your corner comes around

            Allemande left your corner, grand right eight around the town.

            Repeat Filler


Figure D (32 counts):

            Side two couples star right in the center, you turn it once around

            Allemande left your corner, do sa do when you come down

            Same sides star right in the center, *til your corner comes around

            Allemande left your corner, grand right eight around the town.

            Repeat Filler


Order of dance: Intro, Filler, Fig A (or C), Fig B (or D), Fig C (or A), Fig D (or B), Intro, Filler.

The recording plays the music 6 times through


"Smoke on the Water" was a WWII song named from the use of smoke by battleships to confuse the enemy. From Walter Lenk come the original words to the song:


Smoke on the Water


Oh, there is a sad day coming for the foes of all mankind,

They must answer to the people and it's troubling their mind,

Everybody who must fear them will rejoice on that great day,

When the powers of dictators shall be taken all away.

            Chorus:

There'll be Smoke on the Water, on the land and the sea,

When our Army and our Navy overtakes the enemy,

There'll be smoke on the mountains where the heathen Gods stay,

And the sun that is rising will go down on that day.

            Chorus:

For there is a great destroyer made of fire and flesh and steel,

Rolling toward the foes of freedom, they'll go down beneath it's wheel,

They'll be nothing left but vultures to inhabit all that land,

When our modern ships and bombers make a graveyard of Japan

            Chorus

Hirohito 'long with Hitler will be riding on the rail,

Mussolini will beg for mercy, as a leader he has failed,

There'll be no time for pity when the screaming eagle flies,

It will be the end of Axis, they must dance away their lies.

            Chorus


"Smoke on the Water" was written in 1944 by Zeke Clements and recorded shortly thereafter by Red Foley. A recording was aired in August 2001 on "Hillbilly at Harvard" (WHRB in Cambridge). This information came from a recording in the collection of Tillman Franks via Hutch Hutchinson, and was from an Armed forces radio broadcast in 1944 over WXLD on the island of Saipan where they were building the airstrip to be used to bomb Japan. The band was "The Rainbow Boys" featured on the "Calico Jamboree," and known members included Tillman Franks, Merle Clayton on Vocals, and Pete Seeger on Banjo.

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