This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale. Issues and issues[ edit ] As Malcolm McClaren's 'Buffalo Gals' is stated to be a different song, although I think it uses the rhythm of the refrainthen it should be listed separately.
Also I always understood 'Buffalo Gals' to be a traditional song, so it's not clear how John Hodges could have 'written' it. It would be better to say that he first published the song.
Centrepull talk10 November UTC My western lit teacher said before it was published this was a traditional cowboy song, and the "buffalo gals" tthe Native American mccoys escorts that would come out at night, "dance by the light of the moon" and then service the cowboys. Given the above post isn't an utter joke, which it could easily be, I'm thinking the above "western lit teacher" was spreading a mistaken folk etymology.
At the times I first heard this song as and paid any heed to the lyrics, they never seemed to quite come together for me, which rhe itself seemed kind of odd. My best guesses tended to be that a cowboy was singing to a girl who liked or maybe even wrangled buffalo American bison.
As a grown-up I got no further with it, which bugged me a wee bit when hearing the song but then, I never did put anything more than a fleeting thought into it. The other day I heard Buffalo Gal again and I recall thinking, "I must look into this," then forgot about it.
Yesterday I found myself looking at a map of Michigan, spotted the city of Kalamazoo and the big band song " I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo " popped into my head. Girl from Buffalo NY.
Gotta be. Had time to check into it this morning. Guess this western song had always brought to my mind's eye a cowboy, a cowgirl and prostitues a buffalo somewhere on the western great plains.
None of those to speak of in New York state. So maybe that early childhood notion of cowboy and cowgirl had gotten thoroughly stuck to a song with a melody I never much cared for nor thought much about and hence, headed off any link to Buffalo NY.
See also Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. At long last the song falls neatly together for yours truly.
Feel much better. Took awhile.