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…


All partners stand together in one big circle, girls on the right of boys. The one who is “It” skips around inside the circle while the others sing, and he 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 skip around until they return to the girls place, where they rejoin the circle.

This action is continuous, until the chorus is thrown in, at will, “Skip, skip, skip to my Lou,” when all the couples join hands in promenade position and skip in a counter-clockwise circle, the one who is left without a partner skipping alone. At the end of this chorus, the big ring forms again and the game goes on as before with the stealer taking a partner wherever he will.

See also

Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords, Orff arrangement with syncopation¬†(PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen

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