Skip to my Lou

Dance along to "Skip to My Lou"! Enjoy this lively tune, learn the joyful lyrics, and explore dance-themed activities for energetic young ones.

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Skip to my Lou song lyrics

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

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 darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

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 darling Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Little red wagon painted blue, Little red wagon painted blue, Little red wagon painted blue, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

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 darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Fly’s in the buttermilk, shoo, fly, shoo, Fly’s in the buttermilk, shoo, fly, shoo, Fly’s in the buttermilk, shoo, fly, shoo, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Fly’s in the sugar bowl, shoo, shoo, shoo, Fly’s in the sugar bowl, shoo, shoo, shoo, Fly’s in the sugar bowl, shoo, shoo, shoo, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Cow’s in the barnyard, moo, moo, moo, Cow’s in the barnyard, moo, moo, moo, Cow’s in the barnyard, moo, moo, moo, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

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 darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Off to Texas, two by two, Off to Texas, two by two, Off to Texas, two by two, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip, skip, skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou, my darling.

Skip to my Lou

About the Skip to my Lou song

Whoosh through the barn doors and into a song that’s a hootenanny of happiness. “Skip to My Lou” is a spirited American ditty that dates back to the good old pioneer days. It’s all about skipping, swapping partners, and having a grand old time.

This rhyme has the rhythm of a country dance and the heart of a community coming together to stomp, clap, and celebrate.

Skip to my Lou

How to play the “Skip to My Lou” song game for children

1. Circle Up:

Form a large circle with all the children holding hands. Choose one child to be in the center to start as the “skipper.” The skipper is the one who is looking for their “lost partner.”

2. Skip Around:

As everyone sings the chorus, the skipper begins skipping inside the circle. The children in the circle move counter-clockwise, stepping and clapping to the rhythm.

3. Finding a New Partner:

When the verse “Lost my partner, what’ll I do?” is sung, the skipper taps a child from the circle. That child then joins the skipper in the center of the circle.

4. Wave Goodbye:

The first skipper rejoins the circle, and the new skipper continues with the song, skipping around the inside of the circle to find a new partner when the next chorus starts.

Tips for teaching “Skip to My Lou”

Let’s skip! Encourage your child to actually skip around the room or yard. It’s a playful way to learn the skill of skipping and to get those giggles going.

Make it a game! Use the song as a backdrop for a game of musical chairs or a dancing game where everyone swaps partners or dance moves when the chorus comes.

Craft your own musical instruments. Shake a tambourine or tap a drum to the beat. This can help children with rhythm and can make the song even more interactive.

Sing it with friends or family. It’s a great song for groups and can help shy children participate in a safe and fun way.

With a final skip and a do-si-do, we wind down our merry melody. Keep on skipping, laughing, and loving every hop of the journey until our next dance with rhyme and rhythm!