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Meet Me in Saint Louis, Louis





Words: Andrew B. Sterling

Music: Kerry Mills

Arr: Merv Rowley


           The twelve-year span in America (1892-1904) included two World Fairs, first the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL, followed by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and Centennial in St. Louis, MO.  The latter is most commonly referred to as the St. Louis World’s Fair. These were no ordinary affairs for the American public, but festive events featuring exhibits of new technology of all kinds, and entertainment on a grand scale. The public was spellbound by the magnitude of such a gala event.


            Two Tin Pan Alley songsmiths, F.A. (Kerry) Mills and A..B. Sterling, were prompted to commemorate the 1904 event with a somewhat frivolous “gang song” entitled, Meet Me in Saint Louis, Louis. For reasons that will become apparent when you read the lyrics, the caption shown here, beneath the song title on the first page of music,  was added by the lyricist. This is to assure that the word Louis is given the French pronunciation, as in “Louisiana”.




            Most readers are already familiar with the chorus of this well-known tune because of a movie and musical of the same title in the 1940’s, starring Judy Garland. The verse lyrics were soon forgotten, and many will be seeing them here for the first time. They add to the spirit and purpose of the song, and are intended to add humor. Note: in measures 51-52, “Hoochie-Koochie” was the name of a current dance style; in measures 55-56, “toostie-wootsie” meant “sweetie” or “honey-bunch”. This arrangement should be easy to play as a sing-along in a festival or elsewhere.




            The historical links below give biographical information and details of the fair itself, for those who may be interested.


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picture at the top: The Festival Hall at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, MO

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