I've recently watched the movie "The Lighthouse" directed by Robert Eggers and in one of the scenes in the movie two main characters were singing a song containing following lyrics:

"Doodle let me go, me girls, doodle let me go,
Hurrah, me yaller girls, doodle let me go!"

Similar lyrics can be found in this song A. L. Lloyd - Doodle Let Me Go.
Could you help me to understand what "doodle let me go" and "yaller girls" phrases mean?


2 Answers 2


Quite obviously this song is a sailor's song about a visit to a cat-house. Sorry to be so frank, but that's what it is. Yaller girls are mixed-race females who work and live there. Doodle let me go could be sailor slang for making a request of the onboard officer to allow onshore leave. Or it could be a sailor's playful way of asking his equipment to co-operate so he can fully enjoy the visit. Not a very uplifting song, but it's a slice of real life experienced by real people for centuries.


In my opinion "doodle let me go" should be interpreted as "do, do let me go."

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .