“Sacramento Gals”


Singer praises the beauty and elegance of Sacramento gals, with their bustles, hoops, and powdered, painted faces. Refrains: "Nipping around, around, around"; "As they go nipping around"


Among the verses cited, "They're here and there, like Santa Anna/They're fresh and mellow like ripe banana" stands out as an exemplar of how tastes in compliments have changed. I believe Walt Kelly parodied that at one point -- "Your eyes are warm as sweet manana/Soft and gooey like fried banana." Not a verse I'm likely to forget - PJS

Cross references

  • cf. "Bobbing Around" (tune)


  • Logan English, "Sacramento Gals" (on LEnglish02)


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1858 (Put's Golden Songster)
Found in: US(SW)