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Buffalo Gal

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About Buffalo Gal

As it was originally published in 1844, the song Lubly Fan beckoned a young woman of that name to come out and dance. Although credited to Cool White, the stage name of blackface minstrel John Hodges, it was most likely adapted from other song sources. The words were frequently localized as the popular song moved about the United States with traveling minstrel troupes: Charleston Gals, Bowery Gals, New York Gals, and Philadelphia Gals. By 1848, Buffalo Gals had become the preferred version.

Lyrics to Buffalo Gal

Buffalo Gal

chorus:

Buffalo gal won't you come out tonight
Come out tonight, come out tonight
Buffalo gal won't you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon

verses:

As I was walking down the street
Down the street, down the street
A pretty little gal I chanced to meet
Oh, she was fair to view

(chorus)

She was the prettiest gal I’ve seen in my life
In my life, in my life
And I wished to the Lord she’d be my wife
Then we would part no more

(chorus)

Oh, yes, dear boy, I'm coming out tonight
Coming out tonight, coming out tonight
Oh, yes, dear boy, I’m coming out tonight
And we’ll dance by the light of the moon

(chorus)

I danced with that gal with a hole in her stocking
And her heel kept a-rockin' and her toe kept a-knockin'
I danced with that gal with a hole in her stocking
And we danced by the light of the moon

(chorus)

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Ballad of America Volume 2: America Singing
Buffalo Gal is on the album Ballad of America  Volume 2: America Singing

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