Picking of Sticks
for a line of three couples.
Reconstructed by common consensus and Dafydd Cyhoeddwr.
Music: Playford Re-play'd by various artists.
East Kingdom Dance Tape CD by various artists.
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1: Lead up a double.
2: Fall back a double.
Verse 1, Part B
1&2: That again.
Chorus 1, Part A
1: Man 1 and woman 2 change places.
2: Man 1 and man 3 change places.
3&4: Face forward, everyone forward a double and back.
Chorus 1, Part B
1: Woman 1 and man 2 change places.
2: Woman 1 and woman 3 change places.
3&4: Face forward, everyone forward a double and back.
Chorus 1, Part C
1: Person in man 1's place (woman 2) change with person in woman 2's place (man 3).
2: Person in woman 2's place change with person in man 3's place (man 1).
3&4: Face forward, everyone forward a double and back.
Chorus 1, Part D
1: Person in woman 1's place (man 2) change with person in man 2's place (woman 3).
2: Person in man 2's place change with person in woman 3's place (woman 1).
3&4: Face forward, everyone forward a double and back.
Chorus 1, Part E
1: Person in man 1's place (man 3) change with person in woman 2's place (man 1).
2: Person in woman 2's place change with person in man 3's place (woman 2).
3&4: Face forward, everyone forward a double and back.
Chorus 1, Part F
1: Person in woman 1's place (woman 3) change with person in man 2's place (woman 1).
2: Person in man 2's place change with person in woman 3's place (man 2).  This returns everyone to place.
3&4: Face forward, everyone forward a double and back.
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
1&2: Side left with your partner.
Verse 2, Part B
1&2: Side right with your partner.
Chorus 2, Parts A & B - commonly called "Shuttles and cocks"
1-4: Couple three change places and circle the set to the top where they change places again and fall down the set to their places in four doubles while:
1: Couple 1 slips down between couple 2 as they slip up.
2: Couple 2 slips down between couple 1 as they slip up.
3: Couple 1 slips down between couple 2 as they slip up.
4: Couple 2 slips down between couple 1 as they slip up.
Chorus 2, Parts C & D
1-4: Couple one change places and circle the set to the bottom where they change places again and go back up to the top of the set in four doubles while:
1: Couple 2 slips down between couple 3 as they slip up.
2: Couple 2 slips down between couple 3 as they slip up.
3: Couple 2 slips down between couple 3 as they slip up.
4: Couple 3 slips down between couple 2 as they slip up.
Part 3
Verse 3, Part A
1&2: Arm left with your partner.
Verse 3, Part B
1&2: Arm right with your partner.
Chorus 3, Parts A - D - commonly called the "Sheep's Head Hey"
1-16: The men weave hey-like around the women starting on the outside of the women's line and going between and around each woman.  The last man in line will cut short around woman 2 and become the leader of the line.  This happens three times.
When man 1 is again at the head of the line (which should be as the line is coming back up the woman's line) he weaves around woman 1, goes down the outside of the woman's line, and back up on the men's side with the rest following.
Chorus 3, Parts E-H
1-16: The women do the same as the men around the men, the last woman in line cutting short around man 2, this happening three times.  When woman 1 is at the head of the line, she goes around man 1 again, down the men's line and back to place.