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"Buffalo Gals," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation pattern ti ta ti ta in 2/2 counted as 4/4.


  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional, cir. 1844
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 2/2 – counted in 4/4
  • Form: AB verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta ta/a |
    | ta/a/a a | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ti ta ti ta/a | syncopation, | ti ta ti ta ta | syncopation,
    | ta ti ti ta ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Do, So\Mi/So, Fa\Re, Re/La, Fa/La, So/Do8, Mi/So/Do ascending tonic arpeggio
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, verse/refrain
  • Key Words: USA history, minstrel performers, USA geography: Buffalo, NY, courting song, nonsense lyrics, gal (girl), chanced, pretty, fair to see, moon light, sidewalk, wife, marry; contractions: won’t (will not), she’d (she would), I’d (I would)

“Buffalo Gals” 


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

Oh, Buffalo Gals won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight?
Oh, Buffalo Gals won’t you come out tonight,
And dance by the light of the moon.
I asked her if she’d stop and talk,
Stop and talk, stop and talk,
Her feet took up the whole sidewalk,
And left no room for me.
3. 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 would marry me.
A popular American minstrel song.
Performers changed the location as they traveled.
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