Shoo, Shoo, Shoo-Lye


(American folk song)

My true love has gone to France,
For his fortune to advance.
When he returns with him I’ll dance,
Skabibba lala boo and a slow reel.

Shoo, shoo, shoo-lye reel,
Shoo-lye shack-a bubba shack-a bubba coo,
Since I saw the silly billa hills,
Skabibba lala boo and a slow reel.

See also

  • Form: AB
  • Harmony: chords I, IV, V
  • Meter: 2
  • Rhythm: /
  • Scale: major
  • Source: American Ballads and Folk Songs, Alan Lomax, 1934, p. 293
  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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