Polly Wolly Doodle
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"Polly Wolly Doodle" is a song first published in a Harvard student songbook in 1880.
"Polly Wolly Doodle" appears in the existing manuscript for Laura Ingalls Wilder's These Happy Golden Years exactly as it is used in the published version. It was not mentioned in any of the Pioneer Girl manuscripts. It is sometimes credited to Dan Emmett. The melody of this song as it is usually sung formed the basis for Boney M.'s hit Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday in 1979, and also for Alexandra Burke's song Start Without You, and is common in children's music, appearing in a Sunday school song called "O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E", the German group die Lollipops' "Radio Lollipop", and is the tune of the Barney & Friends song "Alphabet Soup" (though only using the first verse's tune) as well as "If I Had One Wish" (which uses both verses).
Popular early 20th century child actor Shirley Temple also sang "Polly Wolly Doodle" in the 1935 film, The Littlest Rebel. The song is also featured prominently in the 1938 Best Picture winning film You Can't Take It With You directed by Frank Capra. It also occurs in the film S.O.B. (1981) directed by Blake Edwards. It was also sung in an episode of Happy Days.
Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded the song on their album The Chipmunk Songbook in 1962. Leon Redbone recorded the song on his album On the Track in 1975. VeggieTales recorded it on their CD Bob and Larry's Backyard Party 2002.
The song appears in the third episode of the 4th season of the TV series Monk (July, 2005). In the episode, called "Mr. Monk Stays in Bed", Mr. Monk is sick in bed with the flu and the daughter of Natalie Teeger, Julie, gives him a musical get well card that plays Polly Wolly Doodle nonstop, much to Monk's annoyance.
The Disney Junior TV series Sheriff Callie's Wild West used an instrumental version of "Polly Wolly Doodle" in the episode "Toby's Untrue Achoo!" as the song that Toby played on harmonica while doing his new dance move known as "The Cowboy Cactus Kick Step."
The Cedarmont Kids recorded the song on their 1996 album "Silly Songs," and the album's DVD features a music video.