Beer Barrel Polka
This is an online fiddle lesson for the song "Beer Barrel Polka."
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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."
"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").
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