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Now the fiddler's ready, let us all begin!
So step it out and step it in.
To the merry music of the violin
We'll dance the hours away.
Katey and Peggy and Patsy and Coll,
Callum and Peter and Flora and Moll,
Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance,
Dance away the hours together,
Dance till dawn be in the sky;
What care you and what care I?
Hearts a-beating, spirits high,
We'll dance, dance, dance.

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Source: Singing Together, Summer 1968, BBC Publications

Identified as 'Scottish Song' from Songs of the Isles arranged by Sir Hugh Roberton. The tune is certainly well known but I don't think I have ever come across those lyrics before. An alternative set of lyrics is at


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