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"Skip To My Lou" is an American nonsense song; written around 1844 it was popular on the frontier. Traditionally it was sung to a "partner stealing" dance accompanied by a fiddle; a man would "steal" another man's partner, the displaced man would then wait his turn to "steal" another girl.
The word "Lou" is a corruption of "Loo," the Scottish word for love.
"Skip To My Lou" has been recorded by the likes of Pete Seeger and Judy Garland; it also featured in the 1944 film Meet Me In St Louis. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3)
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