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 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[citation needed] 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).


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. It was performed by the Jukebox Puppet Band on Shining Time Station's third season episode "Schemer's Alone". VeggieTales recorded it on their CD Bob and Larry's Backyard Party 2002.

The Cedarmont Kids recorded the song on their 1996 album "Silly Songs," and the album's DVD features a music video.

The song has also been recorded by Burl Ives and Larry Groce.

The song has been adapted in French by Francis Blanche under the title Le gros Bill and interpreted by Lily Fayol and Lucille Dumont.

Appearances in film and television[edit]

Shirley Temple sings "Polly Wolly Doodle" in the 1935 film The Littlest Rebel.

The song is featured prominently in the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture recipient You Can't Take It With You directed by Frank Capra.

The song is the theme of the 1938 Donald Duck short film Good Scouts where it is played over the opening credits and sung by Donald and his nephews on their march.

The song is sung in an episode of Happy Days.

In the Pokémon video game series, the song is adapted for Route 01 of the Kanto Region in the original games. The tune comes up in that context in the television show and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The song occurs in the 1981 film S.O.B. directed by Blake Edwards.

This 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."

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