Skip to my Lou Printable Lyrics – PDF

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.

Today the song “Skip to my Lou” is often used as a love song for kids.

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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’.

 


 

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