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- Joseph Brackett
- Lyrics and direction
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free, Hold hands, skip or run to the right 'Tis the gift to come down where you want to be, Drop down on floor on knees And when you have come down to the place just right, Slap floor with hands You will be in the valley of love and delight Arms around each other's shoulders (still on floor) swaying. When the true simplicity is gained, Bow alone head to floor 2 times To bow and to bend, we won't be ashamed Turning and turning will be our delight, Stand turning (twirl) Till by turning and turning we come 'round right Join hands and begin again Source: Aneeta's Sufi Dancing in Poona, nr 40.