Skip To My Lou

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Information About Skip To My Lou

Skip To My Lou is a song that originated during the American frontier period. At the time, the young people brought up in strict protestant communities developed play-parties as a way to socialize without depicting themselves as "sinful", - regular dancing was considered to be sinful at the time.

Skip To my Lou is a game that involves stealing or swapping partners, much like in square dancing. The dancers sing as the audience claps to create rhythm for the music.

The song typically involves a number of couple's hand-in-hand, skipping around a ring. A lone boy in the centre of the moving circle sings "Lost my partner, what'll I do?' as the girls whirl past him.

The young man searches for another partner, singing "I'll get another one prettier than you". Once he chooses one of the girls, her previous partner steps in to the middle of the circle, and the game continues.

The "loo" in the title is the Scottish word for "love", but the Anglo-Americans changed the spelling to "lou", an Americanized version.

The Carter Family, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and Pete Seeger have all recorded versions.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Add this verse to keep the song going

There's a little red wagon,
Paint it blue
There's a little red wagon,
Paint it blue
There's a little red wagon,
Paint it blue
Skip to my Lou, my darlin'.

You can use this to teach your kids letters A, B, and C

Ants on the apple A A A
Skip to my Lou my darling.

Balls are bouncing B B B
Skip to my Lou my darling.

Caterpillars coughing C C C
skip to my Lou my darling.

We found a longer version that is also fun to sing along to

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'.

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'.

Another version of the song that lets you insert actions

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou;
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou;
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

Little red wagon painted blue;
Little red wagon painted blue;
Little red wagon painted blue;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

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 darling.

Chicken in the bread pan, skip to my Lou;
Chicken in the bread pan, skip to my Lou;
Chicken in the bread pan, skip to my Lou;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

Cows in the cornfield, what'll I do?
Cows in the cornfield, what'll I do?
Cows in the cornfield, what'll I do?
Skip to my Lou my darling.

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 darling.

Salute your partners, skip to my Lou;
Salute your partners, skip to my Lou;
Salute your partners, skip to my Lou;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

Change your partners, skip to my Lou;
Choose your partners, skip to my Lou;
Change your partners, skip to my Lou;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

I've got a dandy, skip to my Lou;
I've got a dandy, skip to my Lou;
I've got a dandy, skip to my Lou;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

Now shake a light foot, skip to my Lou;
Now shake a light foot, skip to my Lou;
Now shake a light foot, skip to my Lou;
Skip to my Lou my darling.

You can use this version to start a class

How do, how do you do
How do, how do you do
How do, how do you do
How do you do my darling.

Creep, creep, creep to my lou
Creep, creep, creep to my lou
Creep, creep, creep to my lou
Creep to my lou, my darling

Skip, skip, skip to my lou
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
Skip to my lou my darling.

Run, run, run to my lou
Run, run, run to my lou
Run, run, run to my lou
Run to my lou my darling

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32 Comments

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yolanda, South Africa

4 July 2014 at 6:34am

i love this song for kids

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Jess, United Kingdom

1 May 2013 at 9:20pm

Love this song, such a classic! <3

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Laria, Canada

6 April 2013 at 7:46pm

this song is great

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Joe, Afghanistan

3 April 2013 at 5:00am

this song is the bomb!bye bros ;P

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Toke, Nigeria

27 March 2013 at 10:13am

I think this page is meant for mothers&teachers.a good mother/teacher doesnt use fowl lang. if u dont have any to write pls stop been insultive.dat song is great.

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Jenny, United Kingdom

25 November 2012 at 12:20pm

i like skip to my lou it bring old memories

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Mya, Barbados

1 November 2012 at 5:02pm

Number I of your songs really baby

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Mya, Barbados

1 November 2012 at 5:00pm

Really I think that it is good but quit yawn boring

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Caroline, Bahamas

30 October 2012 at 10:53pm

I love this song it the best it is #1 of my songs it was on barney i love barney it's the best i think everyone should post comments on here i love it thank you i love you all thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you all i love you thank you.

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Alice, Australia

18 October 2012 at 8:02am

i like this song!this song will be for my music folio.

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Ashwin, Sri Lanka

20 March 2012 at 7:48am

I love this song!It is a great song!

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Praydersmom, United States

7 January 2012 at 8:36am

ok,these songs ARE for babies and little kids, if your not mature enough to understand that then you shouldnt be on here in the first place. its people like you why i dont let my son on here

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Nailah, United States

30 December 2011 at 10:44pm

that song is the first song that is STUPID!

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[email protected], American Samoa

4 December 2011 at 3:35am

this is for babies just sukes

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Jeewan, Hong Kong

11 October 2011 at 3:14pm

i hate music.

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Brad, United States

5 June 2011 at 7:26pm

I've got a girl and that ain't all I've got a girl who's ten feet tall Sleeps in the bedroom with her feet in the hall Skip to my lou my darling

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Jeewan, Hong Kong

29 May 2011 at 12:59pm

i loved music

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Jeewan, Hong Kong

29 May 2011 at 12:52pm

i love music

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Jhen, Philippines

17 May 2011 at 5:10am

i love it!good to have this song for the toddlers...mine dance with these once it is played....thanks

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Jada, United States

17 May 2011 at 3:48am

I llove this song. Hya Some music would be nice though.

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