A Square Dance Song by Joanne Weatherley (via Roger McGough)

This is a song by Joanna Weatherley. It is a tribute to those who fought in the world wars. The words are taken from the poem ‘A Square Dance‘ by Roger McGough.

There are several references to square dancing terms in this song/poem, including swing your partner, dosado, and honour your partner. The poet juxtaposes the joy of dancing with the tragedy of unnatural, untimely, and senseless death in order to highlight the macabre nature of war.

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