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"Skip to My Lou"
       



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"Skip to My Lou"
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"Skip to My Lou" Lyrics, Text Format



"Skip to My Lou" Lyrics, Text Format



Developing the independent voice.
Skipping to the steady beat.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Second

  • Origin: USA - Western Play Song

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: verse: AaAB - refrain: AaAB - song: AB (verse/refrain)

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ti ti ti ta | ta ta ta/a |
    | ta ti ti ta ta | ta/a ta/a | ta ti ti ta/a |

  • Pitches: intermediate: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So

  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do, Do/Mi, Mi/So, So\Re, Re\Ti, Ti/Re, Re/Fa

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; verse/refrain

  • Key Words: United States geography, Western United States, Texas, play song, dance song, playground song, early square dance song, buttermilk, flies, partner, cream, jar, prettier, another, Texas, two by two, jay bird, off to; contractions: what'll (what will), I'll (I will), bird'll (bird will), cat's (cat is), can't (cannot); abbreviation: darlin' (darling)

  • Keyboard: intermediate: upper grades, five finger exercise; right, left, and two hands together

 
 


"Skip to My Lou"

    Version One   Version two  
  1. Flies in the buttermilk,
Shoo fly, shoo,
Flies in the buttermilk,
Shoo fly, shoo,
Flies in the buttermilk,
Shoo fly, shoo,
Skip to my lou, my darlin'.
  1. 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'.

    Refrain:     Refrain:  
    Skip, skip, skip to mu lou,
Skip, skip, skip to mu lou,
Skip, skip, skip to mu lou,
Skip to my lou, my darlin'.
    Skip, skip, skip to mu lou,
Skip, skip, skip to mu lou,
Skip, skip, skip to mu lou,
Skip to my lou, my darlin'.
 
 
2.
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'.
    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'.
 
    Refrain     Refrain  
  3. Off to Texas,
Two by two,
Off to Texas,
Two by two,
Off to Texas,
Two by two,
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'.
 
    Refrain     Refrain  
             
 

Game Instructions:
 
 

“Skip to My Lou” is a simple game of swapping partners.

  • Students choose partners, form a ring and while holding hands skip around.
  • A student in the center of the moving circle of couple sings, “Lost my partner what’ll I do?” as the circle whirls past him.
  • The moving circle of couples responds singing the refrain.
  • The student in the center sings, “I'll get another one prettier than you.”
  • The moving circle of couples responds singing the refrain.
  • The student chooses taking the hand of their new partner, their partner takes the student's place in the center of the ring and the game continues.
 
 
 

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