The Caller

The Caller

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The Caller

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Just before we fly home from Alberta, my aunt and uncle came over to celebrate his 70th birthday. My Uncle Murray has been a square dance caller since his teens. I finished this song about 20 min before they arrived and played it the first time after dinner for him.
This is the video


The Caller
Sean McGaughey © August 12, 2019 ¾ country waltz in C
For Uncle Murray’s 70th birthday

C C/B Am Am/G
He packs up the pickup with boxes of records,
a pair of turntables, and a PA
C C/B Am Am/G
and sets out early across the prairies
F F G G7
to a village hall where the dancers gather at the end of the day.

Bow to your partner, Bow to your corner
Allemande left, circle right.
F C C/B Am
Dosado, Back to your partner
and promenade on home.

He rides the foothills six legged,
Connected as brothers, horse and man
If a square can be made among the gathered riders
He calls a horseback dance, out on the land.


When the high school boys
were playing Be-bop-lua
G Am
He was down in basement, honing his craft.
G Am Am/G
For fifty years, he’s travelled the highways
F G G7
Ready for the couples who wanted to dance.


Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


billwhite51's picture

the video is perfect for the song. i enoyed it as much as the song, which reminded me of the songs the great Guy Clark used to write.

Klaus's picture

The history of square dance is not my forte but I like the gentle melody and the lyrics that clearly are an hommage to the old days. Video adds a cozy warm feeling and to see your family and relatives with you makes the music and performance very real, not just sounds on headphones. I enjoyed this one.

AndyGetch's picture

Nice tribute! For me it is always a bit dicey playing a song for the first time for family.

3tdoan's picture

So nice to see you performing for your family! It certainly evokes a time and place. "Connected as brothers, horse and man" is a great line.