“Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis”


Louis returns from work to find Flossie not at home. Her note says that life is too slow, and tells him to "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis, Meet me at the fair; Don't tell me the lights are shining Any place but there." A despondent Louis prepares to move


Although the song pronounces the name of the town "St. Louie", no St. Louis resident ever uses that pronunciation, and we look upon it with disdain. - PJS

According to Geller, Sterling and a couple of friends visited a bar run by a man named Louis (Louie), and they called his product Louie as well. When Sterling came in, one of the others said, "Another Louie, Louie," and that inspired the idea. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1904 - St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition (World's Fair), for which Kerry Mills wrote this song


  • Billy Murray, "Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis" (Victor 2850, 1904)


  1. Randolph 514, "Meet Me at the Fair" (1 text)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 255, "Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis" (1 text)
  3. Geller-Famous, pp. 241-244, "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #7597
  5. BI, R514


Author: Words: Andrew B. Sterling / Music: Kerry Mills
Earliest date: 1904 (sheet music)
Found in: US(So)