Beer Barrel Polka

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Genre: Folk
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of C

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing and singing the song "Beer Barrel Polka."

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"Beer Barrel Polka", also known as "The Barrel Polka" and "Roll Out the Barrel", is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II. The music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927.  Eduard Ingriš wrote the first arrangement of the piece, after Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingriš's help in refining it. At that time, it was played without lyrics as "Modřanská polka" ("Polka of Modřany"). Its first text was written later (in 1934) by Václav Zeman – with the title "Škoda lásky" ("Wasted Love").

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Beer Barrel Polka

There's a garden, what a garden 
Only happy faces bloom there
And there's never any room there 
For a worry or a gloom there

Oh there's music and there's dancing 
And a lot of sweet romancing
When they play the polka 
They all get in the swing 

Every time they hear that 
Everybody feels so 
They want to throw their cares away
They all go

Then they hear a rumble on the floor, the floor 
It's the big surprise they're waiting for
And all the couples form a ring
For miles around you'll hear them sing

Roll out the barrel, we'll have a barrel of fun
Roll out the barrel, we've got the blues on the run
Zing boom tararrel, ring out a song of good cheer 
Now's the time to roll the barrel, for the gang's all here

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    We have a polka!!!! Great fiddling on that, John…I feel like I should be doing the Chicken Dance now…lol…of course I’m no dancer, but here this close to Cincinnati, where they have German festivals, everybody does the Chicken Dance!  Great playing!

    Steve Srader

    Thanks John great job . Cricket this is another one of mine I got John to do for me , I am glad your thinking of people that like dancing it . So your dancing it in your mind , that’s the next best thing to doing it , Check out this video !

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    Heard this one a lot in  our neighborhood dances.  Prohibition was still clearly in mind for most of the folks and this tuned gained a lot of steam by being requested a lot.  Always loved it!


    Good dancin’ there, Steve…I think I just better stick with the chicken dance, though…lol…the best I can do.

    John (BGD)

    Thanks again, Steve! I’ve been humming this one all weekend. 🙂 Coming up next: The Last Date!


    I was humming that one too, but, it morphed into the chicken dance…lol…the only polka I’ve heard much of, unless you count flop eared mule…is that a polka?  Anyhow, then Mike started humming it and he was like, “What is that?  How come I can’t stop singing that?”  It sticks with you, though…never underestimate the power of the polka!

    John (BGD)

    It is a polka! I don’t have a polka category, so I had a hard time figuring out where to put it. 🙂 And yes, it is very catchy!

    On a side note, we have a friend from Germany who is staying with us for about a month, and she plays the accordion. Last weekend I borrowed an accordion from a friend so she would have an instrument to play, and she is going to join us on stage today and play the song “1915 in No-Man’s Land” with us.

    Having an accordion in the house is really making me want to learn some polkas. 🙂

    Beverly Chaussy

    Almost brought tears to my eyes, brings back memories of German family parties!  My dad’s family immigrated from Germany 1927-1928.  I heard this a LOT as a kid via recordings, and my dad played it daily on the accordion.  Polkas are always so much fun.

    Thanks for making this available!



    Music taps into our memories like nothing else can do, doesn’t it?

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