BUFFALO GALS

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BUFFALO GALS
“Buffalo Gals” is a traditional American song, written down and published as “Lubly
Fan” in 1844 by the blackface minstrel John Hodges, who performed as “Cool White”. It
was widely popular throughout the United States, and minstrels altered the lyrics to suit
the local audience, so it might be performed as “New York Gals” or “Boston Gals”. Thus
the best-known version is named after Buffalo, New York, rather than the buffalo herd
animal; it is also unrelated to the Buffalo Soldier. The English singing game “Pray, Pretty
Miss” may have been an inspiration for the lyric, according to Frank Brown in Collection
of North Carolina Folklore.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.
As I was walking down the street,
Down the street, down the street,
A pretty little gal I chanced to meet,
Oh, she was fair to see.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.
I stopped her and we had a talk,
Had a talk, had a talk,
Her feet took up the whole sidewalk
And left no room for me.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.
I asked her if she’d have a dance,
Have a dance, have a dance,
I thought that I might have a chance
To shake a foot with her.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.