SKIP TO MY LOU

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  • SKIP TO MY LOU
    “Skip to My Lou” was a popular partner stealing dance from America’s frontier period.
    Since instruments were frowned upon, particularly the fiddle, the dancers had to create
    their own music by clapping and singing. Couples would dance around a lone male who
    sang “lost my partner, what’ll I do.” At the appropriate point in the lyrics, he would
    “steal” the partner of a dancing man as he sang “I’ll find another one prettier than you.”
    The displaced man would take his place in the circle. “Lou” is apparently a corruption of
    “loo,” the Scottish word for love. An unconventional arrangement of this tune is featured
    in the 1944 Motion Picture “Meet Me in St. Louis”.
    Fly’s in the buttermilk,
    Shoo, fly, shoo,
    Fly’s in the buttermilk,
    Shoo, fly, shoo,
    Fly’s in the buttermilk,
    Shoo, fly, shoo,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    Cat’s in the cream jar,
    Ooh, ooh, ooh,
    Cat’s in the cream jar,
    Ooh, ooh, ooh,
    Cat’s in the cream jar,
    Ooh, ooh, ooh,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    Off to Texas,
    Two by two,
    Off to Texas,
    Two by two,
    Off to Texas,
    Two by two,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
  • Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    VERSION 2
    Lost my partner,
    What’ll I do?
    Lost my partner,
    What’ll I do?
    Lost my partner,
    What’ll I do?
    Skip to my lou, my darlin’.
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    I’ll get another one
    Prettier than you,
    I’ll get another one
    Prettier than you,
    I’ll get another one
    Prettier than you,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    Can’t get a red bird,
    Jay bird’ll do,
    Can’t get a red bird,
    Jay bird’ll do,
    Can’t get a red bird,
    Jay bird’ll do,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
    Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.