Kerry Dancing

COUNTRY: Ireland

“Kerry Dancing” takes us to back to a simpler time, when we an our friends would gather in the glen in the summer and dance dance dance to Irish music, our hearts overflowing with joy. Of course the dance of choice would be a jig, a lively dance that originated in England in the 16th century, but which over the centuries has become most closely associated with Ireland and Scotland. The term jig may have come from the French word “giguer,” which means “to jump,” or the Italian “giga,” but whatever the origin of the term, the resulting dance sure can be fun.

Lyrics of All Around This World version:

When the boys began to gather in the glen of a summer’s night
And the Kerry piper’s tuning made us long with wild delight!
Oh, to think of it, Oh, to dream of it fills my heart with tears!

Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing, Oh, the ring of the piper’s tune
Oh, for one of those hours of gladness, Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon!

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