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Polly Wolly Doodle

Discussion in 'Campfire Chat - General Discussions' started by Glorybound, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator Honored Fallen Comrade

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    I've heard this song from time to time my whole life. I'm pretty sure it's southern in origin. Anybody know the story behind it? (I was in my bed trying to sleep, laid there for about an hour unable to, then this melody popped into my head for some strange reason. Couldn't sleep so I thought I'd put up this post, then maybe the melody would leave my head...which it hasn't yet.:smile:


    Polly Wolly Doodle

    Southern
    Written By: Unknown
    Copyright Unknown

    Oh, I went down South
    For to see my Sal
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
    My Sal, she is
    A s p u n k y gal
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well my fairy fay
    For I'm going to Lou'siana
    For to see my Susyanna
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Oh, my Sal, she is
    A maiden fair
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
    With curly eyes
    And laughing hair
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well my fairy fay
    For I'm going to Lou'siana
    For to see my Susyanna
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Behind the barn,
    Down on my knees
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
    I thought I heard
    A chicken sneeze
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well my fairy fay
    For I'm going to Lou'siana
    For to see my Susyanna
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    He sneezed so hard
    With the whooping cough
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
    He sneezed his head
    And the tail right off
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well my fairy fay
    For I'm going to Lou'siana
    For to see my Susyanna
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Oh, a grasshopper sittin'
    On a railroad track
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
    A-pickin' his teeth
    With a carpet tack
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well my fairy fay
    For I'm going to Lou'siana
    For to see my Susyanna
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Oh, I went to bed
    But it wasn't any use
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
    My feet stuck out
    Like a chicken roost
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day

    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well,
    Fare thee well my fairy fay
    For I'm going to Lou'siana
    For to see my Susyanna
    Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day
     

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  3. Nathanb1

    Nathanb1 Brev. Brig. Gen'l Retired Moderator

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    This is what I found...not sure if correct but sounds good and seems to be the right time period

    The First Minstrel Lines
    In the early 1840s, a group called the Tyrolese Minstrel Family toured the United States with a program of traditional mittel-European folk songs. Four unemployed white actors decided to stage an African-American style spoof of this group's concerts. Calling themselves Dan Emmett's Virginia Minstrels, their blackface revue premiered at New York's Bowery Amphitheatre in February 1843. Emmett, Frank Bower, Frank Pelham and Billy Whitlock became the first troupe to offer a full evening of blackface variety entertainment. With their chairs in a simple semi-circle, the quartet offered a fresh combination of songs, dances and comic banter, creating cartoonish Negro caricatures. Most historians mark this production as the beginning of minstrelsy.

    The form was so natural, it seemed improvised – and, in fact. much of the evening, because of the talents of the four, was. But most of all, there was exuberance and excitement. The minstrels, in their wide-eyed, large-lipped, ragged-costumed absurdity, rolled onto the stage in a thundercloud of energy which hardly ever dissipated. They insulted each other, they baited each other, they made mincemeat of the language, they took the audience into their fun, and, in one night, they added a new form to show business in America – in fact, the world.
    - Lee Davis, Scandals and Follies: The Rise and Fall of the Great Broadway Revue (New York: Limelight Editions, 2000), p. 31.

    Over the next few years, the Virginia Minstrels introduced several hit songs that are still heard today, including "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "Blue Tail Fly." Similar all-white companies soon toured the United States and Europe. Although short on production values, minstrel shows became America's most popular form of stage entertainment. By 1856, New York City had ten full time resident companies, and twice as many a decade later.
     
  4. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator Honored Fallen Comrade

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    Nathanb1 Brev. Brig. Gen'l Retired Moderator

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    Found that one, plus a very, very politcally incorrect one which included lines about spittin' watermelon seeds, etc.
     
  6. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator Honored Fallen Comrade

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    Oh yeah, I imagine there are some of those too. The opportunities for substitutions and variances from the original lyrics are boundless.




    Lee
     
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    Nathanb1 Brev. Brig. Gen'l Retired Moderator

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    BTW -- thanks. Now it's stuck in my head.
     
  8. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator Honored Fallen Comrade

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    Yer welcome. Hey it's a very catchy little tune, and I like the chorus, "Fare thee well, fare thee well." :angel:




    Lee
     
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    I watch TV with my grandchildren and this song from the Mickey Mouse Club stays in my head day and night. I need help! It won't go away.

    Hot dog! (Hot dog)Hot dog!

    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    Now we got ears, it's time for cheers
    Hot dog, hot dog, the problem's solved
    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    Grab my boots and a sandwich
    Let's start a parade
    Get the coconut drum kit
    For Daisy to play
    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    We're taking off, we're dancing now
    Hot dog, leapfrog, and holy cow
    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    It's a brand new day
    Whatcha waiting for?
    Get up, stretch out, stomp on the floor
    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog
    We're splitting the scene
    We're full of beans

    So long for now from Mickey Mouse (That's me!)And the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
     
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    Now that's funny. So, pop in a CD and drown it out.
     
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    See also, Old Dan Tucker. Jeez Louise.
     
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    Whenever I get a song in my head, I use the "anti-song": the theme from the old TV show "Murder She Wrote." Don't know why, maybe because it doesn't have lyrics and it's kind of upbeat, but it always does the trick.

    Of course, then I can't get Angela Lansbury out of my head. . .

    Pam
     
  13. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator Honored Fallen Comrade

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    Thanks Pam. I have one of those anti-songs that usually works for me. It's a little ditty from a '60's sitcom that stuck with me all these years. Don't remember the name of the show it came from and it wasn't the theme song, just some little ditty that played when the show came back from a commercial, or some such opportunity. It does the job though. :smile:


    Lee
     
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    When you're down and troubled,
    and you need a helping hand,
    and nothing, oh nothing is going right,
    close your eyes and think of me,
    and soon I will be there
    to brighten even your darkest night
    you just call out my name
    and you know where ever I am
    I'll come running,
    oh yeah baby to see you again
    winter, spring summer or fall
    all you got to do is call
    and I'll be there, yeah yeah yeah, you got a friend
     
  15. Glorybound

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    That'll work. Can't go wrong with James Taylor.



    Lee
     

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