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KICK A DUTCHMAN. AKA and see "Put Your Little Foot." American, Waltz or Varsouvienne. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. A melody with Continental origins (although the title given here is American), where the name of the melody and the dance that it accompanies is called the "Varsouvienne." See also tunes "Varsoviana Waltz," "Shoe the Donkey" and "Silver Lake Varsoviana" for other usages of the strain, which has a plethora of titles. Same first strain (an international one) as that of tune called "Old Mazurka" in Bayard, 1981; No. 650, pp. 568-569. Ford collected many tunes in the Midwest, primarily in Missouri, and may have had "Kick a Dutchman" from Midwest sources. Certainly Missouri tradition was to call all German-speaking people "Dutch", similar to other parts of the country (e.g. calling the Amish "Pennsylvania Dutch").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 136.

Recorded sources: Voyager VRCD 357, Billy Lee - "Up Jumped the Devil" (appears as "Put Your Little Foot").




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