“Bottle Up and Go”


"She may be old, ninety years, But she ain't too old to shift them gears. You got to bottle up and go... All you high-power women." The singer encourages women to have fun, and appreciates their existence


This song and "Step It Up and Go" look very alike at first glance, but the verses seem to be very different. They might both be "Salty Dog" spinoffs. Until I see an intermediate version, I am (tentatively) classifying them separately. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Salty Dog" (floating lyrics)
  • cf. "Step it Up and Go"


  • Tommy McClennan "Bottle It Up and Go" (Bluebird B-8373, 1940, rec. 1939)
  • Memphis Jug Band, "Bottle Up and Go" (OKeh 8959/Vocalion 03080, 1935; rec. 1934)
  • Picaninny Jug Band, "Bottle Up and Go" (Champion 16615, 1933; Varsity 6025, n.d.; rec. 1932)


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 73, "Bottle Up and Go" (1 text)
  2. BI, FSWB073B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (recording, Picaninny Jug Band)
Keywords: courting sex nonballad