This is a South African barn dance song from the times of ox wagons and the Great Trek.

"In the last years of primary school during physical education, we danced this and other Afrikaans folk songs as circle/line dances, a little like the idea of a barn dance." -Frances

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Notes

*This line is commonly written as, "Goeie môre my vrou, hier's 'n soentjie vir jou", meaning literally, "Good morning, my wife, here's a kiss for you."

In the song, "Jan Pierewiet" is the name of a man.

"The bird called the bokmakierie (pronounced bowk-ma-kee-ree), makes a call that sounds a little like 'Jan Pierewiet'." -Frances

Game Instructions

How to Dance to Jan Pierewiet:

1. A boy and a girl link arms and go around in a circle.
2. Then they link the opposite arms and go around in the opposite direction.
3. The boy bows to the girl.
4. The girl curtsies and holds out her arm to the side indicating the "coffee can".

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Many thanks to Frances Turnbull for singing this song for us!

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Jan Pierewiet

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Frances Turnbull from Musicaliti for contributing and translating this song and for commenting on it. Thanks to Monique for the illustration.

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