“Step It Up and Go”


Verses about situations that force (someone) to "step it up and go." The singer's woman no longer loves him. The singer flees the gun of a man whose woman he has been courting. In a river, he meets an alligator. And so forth


This song and "Bottle 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

Same tune

  • Brownie McGhee, "Step It Up and Go No. 2" (OKeh 06698, 1942)

Cross references


  • Blind Boy Fuller, "Step It Up and Go" (Columbia 37230, 1947 -- presumably a reissue)
  • Maddox Bros. & Rose "New Step It Up and Go" (4-Star 1549, n.d. but at least 1947)
  • Tommy McClennan, "Shake It Up and Go" (Bluebird 34-0716, 1944)


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 79, "Step It Up and Go" (1 text)
  2. BI, FSWB079B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: c. 1935 (recording, Blind Boy Fuller)