Buffalo Girls

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The song known as Buffalo Girls was a traditional song, so it's hard to know who wrote it originally. 

It was written down and published as "Lubly Fan" (or Lovely Fan)  in 1844 by the blackfaced minstrel

John Hodges, whose stage name was  "Cool White".   Imagine that..."Lovely Fan won't you come out

tonight..." The song became popular throughout the US, probably because it's lyrics could be changed

to match whatever city it was sung in - so it was "Boston Girls" in Boston, "Pittsburgh Girls" in Pittsburgh,

and so on. The best-known version became "Buffalo Girls,"  named after Buffalo, New York

(as opposed to buffalo, the animal).  We're glad it's still with us!

 

 

Oh, one more thing: We would be remiss not to mention the makeover "Buffalo Girls"

got in 1983.  Malcolm Mclaren, former manger of the Sex Pistols, released this version. 

Once again, the song showed how versatile it can be as it became a hip-hop, breakdance tune:

 

 

 

 

Finally, here're the lyrics as we sang them:

 

 

As I was walking down the street,

Down the street, down the street,

A pretty little gal I chanced to meet,

Under the silvery moon

 

Chorus 

Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight,

Come out tonight, come out tonight.

Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight

And dance by the light of the moon.

(Repeat)

 

I stopped her and we had a talk,

Had a talk, had a talk,

Her feet took up the whole sidewalk

She was fair to see

 

I asked her if she'd have a dance,

Have a dance, have a dance,

I thought that I might have a chance

To shake a foot with her.

 

Chorus (twice)

 

I danced with a gal with a hole in her stockin',

And her heel kept a-knockin', and her toes kept a-rockin'

I danced with a gal with a hole in her stockin'

And we danced by the light of the moon.

 

I asked her if she'd be my wife,
Be my wife, be my wife
Then I'd be happy all my life,
If she'd marry me.

As I was walking down the street,

Down the street, down the street,

A pretty little gal I chanced to meet,

Under the silvery moon

 

Chorus until end