Skip to my Lou

Skip to my Lou instrumental nursery rhyme - free download

Children’s Song, U.S.A.

Skip to My Lou was a popular American partner-stealing dance from the 1840s and today it is a popular children’s song. The “lou” in the title comes from the word “loo”, a Scottish word for “love”. Skip to My Lou also used to be a popular lyrical game in Abraham Lincoln’s youth in southern Indiana and Kentucky (1826).

In early America, some Puritans regarded the fiddle as a tool of the devil (since it led to dancing, which was regarded as sinful). Faced with such a religious obstacle to socializing, young people developed the “play-party,” in which the objectionable features of dancing were removed or masked. The dancers sang and the audience clapped to create rhythm for their own music. The play-party became a popular pastime for teenagers and young married couples. As people moved westward square dancing and barn dancing became acceptable, at least to some.


 Skip to My Lou instrumental nursery rhyme - free mp3 download

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“Skip to my Lou” (instrumental, 1:40 – 2/4 – 91 bpm)


Skip to my Lou instrumenal nursery rhyme - free midi file download

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“Skip to my Lou” – free midi file download


“Skip to my Lou” lyrics

1. Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

2. Fly in the buttermilk, Shoo, fly, shoo.
Fly in the buttermilk, Shoo, fly, shoo.
Fly in the buttermilk, Shoo, fly, shoo.
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

3. Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

4. Little red wagon, Paint it blue.
Little red wagon, Paint it blue.
Little red wagon, Paint it blue.
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

5. Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

6. 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’.

7. Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

8. I’ll get another, prettier than you
I’ll get another, prettier than you
I’ll get another, prettier than you
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.

9. Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.


“Skip to my Lou” Music Score with chords

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“Skip to my Lou” Teaching idea and activities

“Skip to My Lou” is a simple game of stealing partners (or swapping partners as in square dancing). It begins with any number of couples skipping hand in hand around in a ring. A lone boy in the center of the moving circle of couples sings, “Lost my partner, what’ll I do?” as the girls whirl past him. The young man in the center hesitates while he decides which girl to choose, singing, “I’ll get another one just like you.” When he grasps the hand of his chosen one, the latter’s partner moves to the center of the ring the game. It is an ice-breaker, providing an opportunity for the participants to get acquainted with one another and to get into a good mood.

Skip to my Lou intsrumental nursery rhyme

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Singing Bell is a comprehensive collection of Christmas Carols and Children's songs.

It was created to provide teaching material to anyone giving music lessons to children or adults, that is music teachers and parents. It was also conceived for anyone who would like to live the Christmas spirit or the spirit of childhood.

Singing Bell offers free nursery rhymes and other free songs for children from all over the globe, as well as nursery rhyme lyrics. Popular songs like "London Bridge is falling down", "Old MacDonald had a farm", "Rain, rain, go away", "Itsy-Bitsy spider" and, of course, "The Wheels on the bus". Great hits also include "La Cucaracha" (with original English lyrics for children), "Auld Lang Syne" and "Mexican Hat Dance" (also with original English lyrics for kids).

Then again, especially for our babies, you can find and download our free lullabies like "Twinkle, twinkle little star", "Rock-a-bye baby", "Brahms Lullaby", and the lovely French "Fais dodo".

Its Christmas music section includes popular carols from Europe, like Britain's "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the halls", "Petit Papa Noel" from France, Italy's "Tu scendi dalle stelle" and Spanish carols like "Fum Fum Fum" and "Los peces en el rio".

It also makes a collection of carols from North America ("Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus is coming to town"), but also popular South American carols like "Huachi Torito". Even more, it includes famous Christmas songs like "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer", "White Christmas", and many others.

The musical piece presented above is titled "Skip to my Lou" and is one of Singing Bell's Children's Songs.

All songs are offered for free mp3 download in their instrumental version. You can also download a free midi file for use in music programming or scoring, their music score in jpg, their lyrics and teaching ideas for singing in class or in a choir. The very same material might also be used simply as a karaoke version where anyone can sing along these Christmas Carols and children songs.

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