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Skip to My Lou - Unknown
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C                   C
Choose yur partner, skip to my Lou
G7                  G7
Choose yur partner, skip to my Lou
C                   C
Choose yur partner, skip to my Lou
G7                  C
Skip to my Lou, my  darling

Lost my partner, what'll I do (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

You stole my darling, what will I do (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

I'll get another one, purtier'n you (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Hole in the hay stack, chicken fell through (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Can't get a blue bird, jay bird will do (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Can't get a fat girl a skinny one will do (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Pretty brown eyes are looking at you (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Fly in the sugar bowl, shoo fly shoo (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Cat's in the cream jar, what'll I do (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Let's all dance till half past two (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

The old gray mare has lost her shoe (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

If I had a pistol, I'd shoot you, too (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Change your partners, skip to my Lou (3 times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling

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Skip to My Lou - Unknown
Skip to My Lou - Unknown
Skip to My (The) Lou was a popular partner-stealing dance from America's frontier period.

According to Old Town School of Music's Songnotes:

In early America, 'respectable folks' in strict Protestant communities regarded the fiddle as one of the devil’s tools (if it led to dancing) because dancing was regarded as downright sinful. Faced with such a religious prejudice for socializing, young people developed the “play-party,” in which all the objectionable features of dancing were removed or masked so that grave elders would overlook their activity. As people moved West and communities shrugged off the 'witch-hunt' mentality which plagued early Protestant New England square dancing and barn dancing became acceptable, at least to some.

Back when musical instruments were frowned upon however - the dancers sang and the audience clapped to create rhythm for their own music. In time, the play-party acquired a life of its own. It became an ideal amusement for teenagers and young married couples. In many a frontier community, the bear hunters, Indian fighters, the rough keelboat men and the wild cowboys could be seen dancing innocently with their gals, like so many children at a Sunday school picnic.

“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 hand in hand, skipping around in a ring. A lone boy in the center of the moving circle of couple 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 prettier than you.” When he grasps the hand of his chosen one, her partner then takes his place in the center of the ring and the game continues. It's an ice-breaker, a good dance to get a group acquainted to one another and to get everyone in the mood for swinging around.

It's interesting to note that “loo” is the Scottish word for “love.” The spelling change from “loo” to “lou” probably happened as Anglo-Americans, and the song, became Americanized.

Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

Skip to My Lou - Unknown

Skip to My Lou - Unknown
Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 7/14/2012
Updated: 5/2/2019
Tab By: willc
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