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Chelsea Barn Dance

Story ID:6077
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1930
Person:Square Dance observer, Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Barn Dance

To chase away the daily “Trials and Tribulations”
Whether on the farm or on the ranch
The word was spread around
About Old Logans “Barn Dance”

When the chores were done
And fresh clothes were donned
They rode in buggies, wagons or “Model T’s”
Down to Old Logan’s barn

Old Logans barn was cleaned
On the floor a skift of fresh clean straw
Bales of hay were used for seating
For a partner the men had to draw

From the bucket
A number he would pick
To find his dancing partner
Hoping for a good-looking chick.

Shorty would play his accordian
Slim was on the fiddle
Charlie was the banjo picker
JR with his Jews Harp in the middle

Bernie was the “Caller”
I loved to see them Dosey Dough
The music was fast and furious
As the squares move to and fro.

The dancing went on for hours
Everyone would dance
I loved the rhythm of the music
At six I was almost ready to take a chance

Shorty would play his accordian
Slim was on the fiddle
Charlie was the banjo picker
JR with his Jews Harp in the middle

The kids played hide and seek
In the dim lantern light
The kids did not interfere
They stayed out of sight.

I soon fell fast asleep
I awoke as my mom was tucking me in
And with a kiss on my cheek
Old Logans “Barn Dance” had come to an end.

As I drifted off to dreamland
I could still hear --

Shorty on his accordian
Slim on the fiddle
Charlie picking the banjo
And JR with his Jews Harp in the middle.

Monte L. Manka 06-12-10