(Folk song)

A refrain can be sung between any of these verses:
Lou, lou, skip to my lou (repeat twice)
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Flies in the buttermilk, shoofly, shoo…
Skip to my lou, my darling.

There’s a little red wagon, Paint it blue…

I lost my partner, What’ll I do?..

I’ll get another, As pretty as you…

Can’t get a red bird, Jay bird’ll do…

Cat’s in the cream jar, Ooh, ooh, ooh…

Off to Texas, Two by two…


Formation: All partners stand together in one circle. One student (“It”) is in the center of the circle.

Verse: “It” skips around inside the circle and steals a partner from one of the couples. The person whose partner is stolen follows immediately, skipping around the ring and stealing another partner. Meanwhile, the first couple skips around until they rejoin the circle.

Refrain: All couples join hands and promenade around the circle. The one with no partner skips alone. The game starts again with that person with no partner stealing a partner.


  • Song with chords, Orff arrangement with syncopation (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

Share this post

2 thoughts on “Skip to My Lou”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to Top