Longways for Six; in three parts (1st Ed., 1650).


First Part.
A1–4All lead up a double and fall back a double to places (r.s.).
5–8That again.
B1–4All face left wall, move forward a double and fall back to places (r.s.).
5–8Men the half-hey (Fig. 12, p.29); while women do the same (sk.s.).
C1–4Partners set and turn single..
5–8That again.

Second Part.
A1–4Partners side (r.s.).
5–8That again.
B1–4All fall back two small steps; partners cross over and change places (r.s.).
5–8All that again.
C1–8As in First Part.

Third Part.
A1–4Partners arm with the right.
5–8Partners arm with the left.
B11–2First man changes places with second woman (r.s.).
3–4First woman changes places with second man (r.s.); while third man changes places with his partner.
5–6First man changes places with third woman (r.s.).
7–8First woman changes places with third man (r.s.); while second man changes places with his partner.
C1–8As in First Part.

Note: This results in a strange shuffling of the set
Playford gives the first figure as something like "All a double to the left wall and back. Straight hey on the side." which doesn't give you very long for the hey. Cecil Sharp decided this must mean a half-hey; nowadays callers tend to assume the lead out and back was a mistake on Playford's part, and simply call the first figure as a full straight hey on the side. This means you end up with a perfectly standard progression (top couple to the bottom) and then if you repeat the whole dance twice more (a total of 9 times through the tune) you all end up back where you started.

Page transcribed by Hugh Stewart