"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."
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
The chorus is:
- 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.
The English singing game
Miss" may have been an inspiration for the lyric, according to
Frank Brown in "Collection of North Carolina Folklore." The tune is
reminiscent of "Im Grunewald, im Grunewald ist
a music hall
A 1944 recording set to the same tune, titled "Dance with
became a hit in the United States.
A 1960 hit by Ray
, "Rockin' Little Angel"
is based on the
A different song by the same name, juxtaposing extensive scratching
with calls from square dancing
, was released by Malcolm McLaren
on his 1983 album
Cinema and Television
- The song is played in the classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life.
- Performed as "New Orleans Woman," the song is featured in the
131st episode of the TV series Bonanza
- The last line from the song is sung by a man and a woman in the
production logo for the Bedford
Falls Company. The name of the company and the logo are both based
on the movie It's a Wonderful
- The song was also featured in the hit TV sitcom "Two and a Half Men," in the episode where
Allen's ex-wife has a support group that Charlie wins over.
- The song was also featured on Cow
and Chicken and Johnny Bravo
- An instrumental version is the theme for a saloon scene in the
classic film, "High Noon."
- The song was sung by "The Raiders" in the Civil War film "Andersonville"
- The melody was adapted for Tweety's song
"I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat" (not to be confused with a later song)
in the Merrie Melodies
cartoon A Gruesome
- In The Simpsons, Homer Simpson
sings 'Buffalo Gals' in Moes Tavern to earn 25 cents to buy beer
"Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight" is a short story by
Ursula K. Le Guin
, featured in the collection
Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences