“Yellow Gals (Doodle Let Me Go)”

Alternate titles: “Do Let Me Go, Gels”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
Keywords: shanty drink dancing
Found in: Britain


Shanty. Refrain: "Doodle let me go girls, doodle let me go, Hooraw my yaller girls, doodle let me go." Verses have dancing/drinking themes.


I've heard these lyrics sung, almost verbatim, as part of the "Yellow Meal (Heave Away; Yellow Gals; Tapscott; Bound to Go)" family. But as that is an immigration song, and this is about sailing conditions, I am separating them while noting that they do seem to cross-fertilize. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Hugill, pp. 380-381, "Doodle Let Me Go" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 288-289]
  2. Sharp-EFC, VIII, p. 9, "Do Let Me Go" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #3221
  5. BI, Hugi380