Olga Kysil

A polka band is LOUDLY playing “Polish Music,” to use the term loosely, in the park nearby. It’s a holiday weekend in America, Memorial Day, so lots of outdoor parties and picnics going on.

I heard this song a bit ago, so I decided to research it.  Lots of so-called “Polish Polka Music” known in America is actually of Czech, German and Slovenian origin.

<b>Beer Barrel Polka,</b>” also known as “<b>The Barrel Polka</b>” and “<b>Roll Out the Barrel,</b>” is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II. The music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927.<sup id=”cite_ref-1″ class=”reference”></sup> 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”<sup id=”cite_ref-2″ class=”reference”></sup> (“Wasted Love”).

Here, some Chinese kids play the song on their accordions. Very peppy! 😀



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