Also known as
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M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:deg d2 B d3- d3|deg d2 B A3- A3|
deg d2 B d2 B d2 e|1 d2 d cBA G3- G3:|2 d2 c B2 A G3- G3||
G2 G d2 B d3- d3|G2 G d2 B A3- A3|
G2 G d2 B d2 e ABc|1 d2 d cBA G3- G3:|2 d2 c cBA G3- G3||

M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:deg d2 B d3|deg d2 B A3|
deg d2 B d3|1 d2 d cBA G3:|2 d2 c B2 A G3||
G2 G d2 B d3|G2 G d2 B A3|
G2 G d2 B d3|1 d2 d cBA G3:|2 d2 c B2 A G3||

Yup, another. Here is a simpler take on it closer to that found in the Kennedy collection where this title was gleaned from ~

X: 2
T: Looby Light
T: Looby, Looby, Loo
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Dmaj
|: DED A2 F A2 F | DED A2 F E2 F |
DED A2 F A2 F | BdB A2 F D3 :|
|: ded d2 B A3 | ded d2 F E3 |
ded d2 B A2 F | BdB A2 F D3 :|

The Kennedy transcription can be found here:

"Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Slip Jigs & Waltzes"
The Fiddler’s Tune-Book Series
Compiled and edited by Peter Kennedy
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1999
ISBN: 1-899512-51-9

Page 10, tune #41: "Looby Loo" (& yes, it is the song…)

Shake yourself about ~ ๐

Here we go looby loo, here we go looby light.
Here we go looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

I put my right hand in. I put my right hand out.
I give my hand a shake, shake, shake, and I turn myself about.

Here we go looby loo, here we go looby light.
Here we go looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

I put my left hand in. I put my left hand out.
I give my hand a shake, shake, shake, and I turn myself about.

Here we go looby loo, here we go looby light.
Here we go looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

I put my right foot in. I put my right foot out.
I give my foot a shake, shake, shake, and I turn myself about.

Here we go looby loo, here we go looby light.
Here we go looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

I put my left foot in. I put my left foot out.
I give my foot a shake, shake, shake, and I turn myself about.

Here we go looby loo, here we go looby light.
Here we go looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

I put my whole self in. I put my whole self out.
I give my self a shake, shake, shake, and I turn myself about.

Here we go looby loo, here we go looby light.
Here we go looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

Other choruses ~

Now we dance looby, looby, looby, now we dance looby, looby, light.

Now we dance looby, looby, loo, now we dance looby, looby, light.

Throw your best mate in and knock em all about… X-(

My wife and I were singing it this morning again, only the song version, but she couldn’t remember how they used to sing the second part around her neck of the woods, Cymru / Wales, but we both seem to have the same first part, though I have at least two takes on it. I haven’t yet asked if they had a version in Welsh, but I have some other folks in mind to query, like you lot :-| ~ this in different languages anyone? Here goes another take, only this is for the singing and dancing of it, and an old description of the actual play-party game will follow. Why do I love it so, well, because with all the damned 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 stuff about, it is great to have this simple little ditty to introduce 9/8 (& 12/8 in another version) to children, with a crazy daft singing game thrown in to boot.

This is one way I remember it ~

"Loopty Lou" ~ danced in a circle

X: 3
T: Loopty Lou
T: Loopy Lou
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Dmaj
|: DED A2 F A3 | DED A2 F E3 |
DED A2 F A3 | ABA GFE D3 :|
d2 d d2 B A3 | d2 d d2 F E3 |
d2 d d2 B A3 |[1 A2 A GFE D3 :|[2 A2 G F2 E G3 |]

CHORUS - - -

DED A2 F A3 |
Here we go Loopty Lou ("looby loo" for my partner / or "looby looby")

DED A2 F E3 |
here we go loopty ligh ("looby lye" ~ neither of us close it with a ‘t’)

DED A2 F A3 |
Here we go Loopty Lou ("looby loo")

ABA GFE D3 |
all on a Saturday night

DED A2 F A3 |
Here we go Loopty Lou ("looby loo")

DED A2 F E3 |
here we go loopty ligh ("looby lye" ~ neither of us close it with a ‘t’)

X: 4
T: Loopty Lou
T: Loopy Lou
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
R: slide
K: G Major
|: deg d2 B d3- d3 | deg d2 B A3- A3 |
deg d2 B d2 B d2 e |[1 d2 d cBA G3- G3 :|[2 d2 c B2 A G3- G3 ||
G2 G d2 B d3- d3 | G2 G d2 B A3- A3 |
G2 G d2 B d2 e ABc |[1 d2 d cBA G3- G3 :|[2 d2 c cBA G3- G3 ||

"Looby Loo" ~ a sound recording from the "Virtual Gramaphone"

Here’s an old 78 recording of a medley of children’s songs, this is at the very end in 12/8 & with yet another take on melody ~

Performer Heading: James, Lewis
Performer: Harold Harvey, tenor with orchestra
Title: Songs for little people - part 7 : Girls and boys come out to play ; Soldier, soldier will you marry me? ; Ten little Indians ; The farmer ; I’ll give you a paper of pins ; Looby Loo [sound recording]

Recorded: [ca 1924?], [Montreal, QC], Victor Talking Machine
Released: [ca 1926]
Distributor: Victor Talking Machine Co. of Canada., Montreal
Manufacturer: Victor Talking Machine Co. of Canada, Quรฉbec (Province)

"Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales: a sequel to The Nursery Rhymes of England"

by James Orchard Halliwell
John Russell Smith, London, 1849

Now we dance looby, looby, looby,
Now we dance looby, looby, light.
Shake your right hand a little
And turn you round about.

Now we dance looby, looby, looby,
Now we dance looby, looby, light.
Shake your right hand a little,
Shake your left hand a little,
And turn you round about.

Now we dance looby, looby, looby,
Now we dance looby, looby, light.
Shake your right hand a little,
Shake your left hand a little,
Shake your right foot a little,
And turn you round about.

Now we dance looby, looby, looby,
Now we dance looby, looby, light.
Shake your right hand a little,
Shake your left hand a little,
Shake your right foot a little,
Shake your left foot a little,
And turn you round about.

Now we dance looby, looby, looby,
Now we dance looby, looby, light.
Shake your right hand a little,
Shake your left hand a little,
Shake your right foot a little,
Shake your left foot a little,
Shake your head a little,
And turn you round about.

( ~ the PC version = "a little" )

Chldren dance round first, then stop and shake the hand, &c., then turn slowly round and then dance in a ring again…

"Hikumbooby round-about"

Another set of lyrics ~

Here we dance, looby, looby, looby.
Here we dance, looby, looby, light.
Here we dance, looby, looby, looby, loo,
Every Saturday night.

Put your right hand in
Put your right hand out
Give your right hand a shake, shake, shake,
Hikumbooby round-about.

"Loop de Loop" ~ more ways with words

Loop de Loop

Here we go loop de loop,
Here we go loop de lie,
Here we go loop de loop,
All on a Saturday night

You put your right hand in,
You take your right hand out,
You give your hand a shake, shake, shake,
And turn yourself about…

Looby, looby, looby ~ another take on the chorus

Now we dance looby, looby, looby,
now we dance looby, looby, light,
Now we dance looby, looby, loo,
now we dance looby, looby, light.

"Here we dance Loopty Loo" ~ is this a variation of Mantazuma’s Revenge, or another take on the ‘________ quickstep’? (Add your country of remembered misery to fill in the blank.) ๐

X: 5
T: Loopty Lou
T: Loopy Lou
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: G Major
|: deg d2 B d3 | deg d2 B A3 |
deg d2 B d3 |[1 d2 d cBA G3 :|[2 d2 c B2 A G3 ||
G2 G d2 B d3 | G2 G d2 B A3 |
G2 G d2 B d3 |[1 d2 d cBA G3 :|[2 d2 c B2 A G3 |]

Dancing around in a circle ~

There’s loads of fun to be had with the ciricling of the A-part, for example, you could have concentric circles moving in alternate directions, clockwise and counter/anti-clockwise, etc… And you could change direction from chorus to chorus… You could also join hands…

I wonder if the ‘circle dancers’ do this one? I remember they used to dance to some pretty jingoistic and bloody Serbian lyrics, unknown to them…