"Buffalo Gals" is a traditional American song, written and
published as "Lubly Fan" in 1844 by the blackface minstrel
John Hodges, who performed as "Cool White." The song was
widely popular throughout the United States. Because of its
popularity, minstrels altered the lyrics to suit the local
audience, so it might be performed as "New York Gals" in New
York City or "Boston Gals" in Boston. The best-known version
is named after Buffalo, New York.
CAs I was walking down the street, G7down the street, Cdown the street
A pretty girl I chanced to meet, un-G7der the silvery Cmoon.
Buffalo gals, wonât you come out toniG7ght, come out toniCght, come out tonight,
Buffalo gals, wonât you come out tonightG7 and dance by the light ofC the moon.
I asked her if sheâd stop and tG7alk, stop and tCalk, stop and talk,
Her feet covered up the whole sidewalk, she was G7fair to Cview.
I asked her if sheâd be my wG7ife, be my wCife, be my wife
Then Iâd be happy all my lifeG7, if sheâCd marry me.