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watermelon-crawlBack in 1994, Tracy Byrd introduced the world to the foot-stomping rhythm of the Watermelon Crawl, a country song set at a small-town festival in Georgia. It wasn't long before people all over the world, country fans or not, were doing the Watermelon Crawl line dance. If you've never tried line dancing, the Watermelon Crawl is a great place to start.

Watermelon Crawl Lyrics

Although the Watermelon Crawl is essentially a fun, light-hearted song, it does have a subtle message in the chorus that a lot of people appreciate.

". . . we got a hundred gallons of sweet red wine, / made from the biggest watermelons on the vine. / Help yourself to some, but obey the law. / If you drink don't drive; do the watermelon crawl."        

While it might be a stretch to call the Watermelon Crawl a safe-driving advocacy song, it is nice to hear responsibility being promoted in popular music. Essentially, Tracy Byrd seems to be saying that it's okay to have fun, as long as you do it without endangering yourself or others.

Line Dance to Watermelon Crawl

If you want to do a line dance to Watermelon Crawl, there is a simple version that is perfect for beginners. This line dance can accompany any song with a 4/4 rhythm, and many people use it for the Watermelon Crawl.

Begin by standing in a line with the other dancers. On the first beat, kick your right foot out while simultaneously swinging your right knee in. On the down beat, bring your right heel back and stomp it down. Follow this with a quick cha-cha step in place. Repeat on the left side for the next four counts.

Next, step forward with your left foot and kick out your right foot, clapping at the top of the kick. Step down on your right foot and kick back with your left leg, clapping again. Repeat.

After your second set of kicks, go into a four count grapevine to the right, scuffing your foot on the last step. Repeat to the left, but as you scuff your foot, make a quarter turn to the left.

Use the next four beats to take a large step forward on your right foot and slide your left foot forward to meet it, clapping when your feet come back together. Step back with your left foot in the same manner, sliding your right foot back and clapping at the appropriate time.

Use the next four counts to stand in place and, for lack of a better term, "shake your booty." Some men find it more comfortable to bend alternate knees while standing in place instead.

In the next four counts, you'll complete a 360 degree turn by stepping forward with your right foot and spinning in place on your left foot. You'll do this twice, turning 180 degrees each time.

Congratulations! You've completed one set of the Watermelon Crawl line dance. Just keep repeating the steps until the music runs out. If you are still unsure about how the dance goes, try looking for "Watermelon Crawl" on YouTube, and you'll find plenty of instructional line dance videos.  

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