“Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy”


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


  • Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers, "Saro" (Brunswick 241, c. 1928)
  • Uncle Dave Macon, "Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy" (Vocalion 15323, 1926); Uncle Dave Macon & the Fruit Jar Drinkers, "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" (Vocalion 5009, 1926)
  • Kirk & Sam McGee, "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" (on McGeeSmith1)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Whoop 'em Up, Cindy" (on NLCR02)


  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


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