“Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy”

Alternate titles: “Saro (not to be confused with "Pretty Saro")”
Author: Uncle Dave Macon
Earliest date: 1926 (recording, Uncle Dave Macon)
Keywords: courting love nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)


Floating verses, often praising Cindy: "Went up on the mountain top, give my horn a blow...; "Higher up the mountain top, greener grow the cherries..." Chorus: "Whoop 'em up, Cindy, Lord/I love Cindy, Lord/Whoop 'em up, Cindy, Lord, Lord/Gone forevermore"


This song has less in common with "Cindy" than one might imagine; few if any verses show up in both. But with floating-verses songs like this, you always need to look at the whole family. - PJS

Cross references



  1. Fuson, p. 159, "I Give My Horn a Blow" (eleventh of 12 single-stanza jigs) (1 text, perhaps from this though it's just a floating verse)
  2. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 196, "Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Darling-NAS, pp. 255-256, "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" (1 text)
  4. BI, CSW196