Roly Poly (song)

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"Roly Poly"
Song by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Form Western swing
Writer(s) Fred Rose
Language English

"Roly Poly" is a humorous Western swing standard written by Fred Rose in 1946. In the song, Roly Poly is a very active boy who eats continuously to keep his strength up. Each verse ends with:

Roly Poly, daddy's little fatty,
Bet he's gonna be a man someday.

"Roly Poly" was first recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1946, staying on the charts for 18 weeks and reaching #3.[1] It has been recorded by many Western swing bands since. Notable renditions have been recorded by fellow Texans, country crooners Jim Reeves and Ray Price.

Chuck Berry's "Roly Poly" is a different song.

Asleep at the Wheel featuring the Dixie Chicks covered the song in 2000. The version was not a single, but charted as an album cut peaking at #65.

The Little Willies covered the song on their 2006 self-titled album.


  1. ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 392.


  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1