Polly Wolly Doodle

 

Oh, I went down South for to see my Sal,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day,

My Sal she is a spunky gal,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

 

Refrain:    Fare the well, fare thee well,

                  Fare thee well my fairy fay,

                  For I’m goin’ to Louisiana,

                  For to see my Susy-anna,

                  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.

 

Oh, a grasshopper sittin’ on a railroad track,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

Just pickin’ his teeth with a carpet tack,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

 

Behind the barn upon my knees,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

I thought I heard a chicken sneeze,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

 

He sneezed so hard he couldn’t cough,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

He sneezed his head and tail clear off,

Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.

 

This popular song was a standard with the minstrel singers who often performed it on showboats as their finale.