Skip to My Lou

DESCRIPTION: Various stanzas, all with the chorus "Skip to my Lou, my darling": "Lost my partner, what'll I do?" "I'll get another one prettier than you!" "Flies in the buttermilk, shoo shoo shoo!"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1911 (Ames)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting nonballad
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,SE,So)
REFERENCES (27 citations):
Randolph 516, "Skip to My Lou" (5 texts plus 2 excerpts, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 395-397, "Skip to my Lou" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 516A)
BrownSchinhanV, p. 520, "Skip to My Lou" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Joyner, p. 99, "Shoe-Lie-Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hudson 152, p. 300, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text)
HudsonTunes 38, "Skip to My Lou" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Morris, #128, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuson, pp. 166-169, "Skip to My Lou" (1 very full text)
Cambiaire, pp. 131-132, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text)
Owens-2ed, pp. 159-160, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Neely, pp. 201-202, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text)
Wolford, pp. 89-90=WolfordRev, pp. 198-200, "Skip-to-My-Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scott-BoA, pp. 167-168, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSUSA 30, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 294-295, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 99, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 78, "Skip to my Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnett, p. 60, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Chase, pp. 193-199, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune, plus figures)
Coleman/Bregman, pp. 38-43, "The Cowboy's Christmas Ball" (1 text, 1 tune, with elements of "Buffalo Gals" and "Skip to My Lou" as bridges)
Darling-NAS, pp. 256-257, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text)
PSeeger-AFB, p. 90, "Skip To My Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 288, "Skip to My Lou" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 389, "Skip To My Lou" (1 text)
DT, SKIPLOU
ADDITIONAL: Mrs. L.D. Ames, "The Missouri Play-Party" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXIV, No. 93 (Jul 1911 (available online by JSTOR)), pp. 304-305 "Skip-to-my-Lou (1 text, 1 tune)
Moses Asch and Alan Lomax, Editors, _The Leadbelly Songbook_, Oak, 1962, p. 53, "Skip to my Lou" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #3593
RECORDINGS:
James Crase, "Skip to My Lou" (on MMOKCD)
Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers, "Skip To My Lou" (Crown 3188/Montgomery Ward 3025, 1931)
Pete Daley's Arkansas Fiddlers, "Skip to My Lou" (Continental 3012, n.d.)
Uncle Eck Dunford, "Skip to my Lou, My Darling" (Victor 20938, 1927; on CrowTold01)
Georgia Organ Grinders, "Skip To My Lou, My Darling" (Columbia 15415-D, 1929)
Spud Gravely & Glen Smith, "Skip to My Lou" (on HalfCen1)
John D. Mounce et al, "Skip to My Lou" (on MusOzarks01)
Ritchie Family, "Skip to My Lou" (on Ritchie03)
Pete Seeger, "Skip to My Lou" (on PeteSeeger08, PeteSeegerCD02) (on PeteSeeger17) (on PeteSeeger32) (on PeteSeeger21) (on PeteSeeger22) (on PeteSeeger23)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Waltz the Hall" (lyrics)
SAME TUNE:
Chicken in the Bread Pan (I) (Square dance call) (Welsch, pp. 91-92)
File: R516

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