We generally do this dance in a circle, facing in, with everyone singing and clapping. One by one we jump into the center and act out the verse.

You could also do it with the lord (or lady) of the dance leading the singing in the middle, with the dancers circling and miming around.

Likewise, although when we do it everyone usually sings the whole thing together, you could do it as a call-and-response:

One: There was a pig went out to dig

All: Candlemas Day, Candlemas Day

One: There was a pig went out to dig

All: Candlemas Day in the morning.

There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig

 

 

There was a pig went out to dig,

Candlemas Day, Candlemas Day,

there was a pig went out to dig,

Candlemas Day in the morning. 


There was a cow went out to plow...

There was a sparrow went out to harrow...

There was a drake went out to rake...

There was a crow went out to sow...

There was a doe went out to hoe...

There was a sheep went out to reap...

There was a wether went out to gather...

There was a hind went out to bind...

There was a sardine went out to glean...

There was a toad went out to load...

There was a hart went out to cart...

There was a thrush went out to thresh...

A copperhead went out to tread...

There was a minnow went out to winnow...

There was a pig went out to dig....

 

 

With thanks to the immortal Jean Ritchie