Typewriter Rodeo: Learning to Two-Step

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on the news.

By Laura RiceJanuary 15, 2016 9:30 am

So you think you can dance? In Texas, you don’t really know how until you’ve mastered the Two-Step. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie as he wrote this week’s poem.

Learning to Two-Step 

You may think you have it

This thing called rhythm

Out there doing your hip

and your hop

Or perhaps your fancy Tango

Or whatever dance it is

That people do to rock

But until you step onto that floor

The one that’s slightly slick

Right there in the middle of the Broken Spoke

And until you hear Dale Watson

And do that quick step-then-shuffle

For the very first time

You’ll realize

Hey, all those folks gliding around

On that Broken Spoke dance floor

It’s not even a tenth as easy

As it looks

And damn

Your rhythm skills

Are right back

At step one.