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Beer Barrel Polka – Bobby Vinton

August 14, 2021

“Beer Barrel Polka” is a perfect blend of disco, polka and pop music.

Here are some fun facts about Polish Prince of America Bobby Vinton and his song.

Fun Facts

  • The music was composed in 1927 by Czech songwriter Jaromír Vejvoda.
  • Also known as “Roll out the Barrel” and “The Barrel Polka,” versions of the song were popular internationally during World War II.
  • On May 9, 1945, Victory in Europe Day, Humphrey Lyttelton performed the song in celebration outside Buckingham Palace.
  • The song has been recorded in at least 20 languages.
  • Bobby Vinton’s version reached 33 on the Billboard charts in 1975.
  • In 1962, Vinton got his break into stardom after appearing on the show TV Talent Scouts.
  • After his initial recordings flopped, Vinton self-promoted his single “Roses Are Red (My Love)” by hiring a young woman to deliver the record and a dozen roses to local DJs.
  • Vinton’s most popular songs include “Blue Velvet” and “My Melody of Love.”
  • From 1962 to 1972, Vinton beat Elvis and Frank Sinatra as the male singer with the most number 1 hits.
  • Because of this, Billboard Magazine named Vinton “the all-time most successful love singer of the ‘Rock-Era.'”
  • “Beer Barrel Polka” has been performed by:
    • Elton John
    • Liberace
    • The Andrew Sisters
    • Don Reno and Red Smiley
    • Merle Travis
    • Frankie Yankovic
  • The song remains popular in sports, used during home games for:
    • Milwaukee Brewers
    • Green Bay Packers
    • San Jose Giants
SOTD lyrics



There’s a garden, what a garden

Only happy faces bloom there

And there’s never any room there

For a worry or a gloom there

Oh there’s music and there’s dancing

And a lot of sweet romancing

When they play the polka

They all get in the swing

Every time they hear that oom-pa-pa

Everybody feels so tra-la-la

They want to throw their cares away

They all go lah-de-ah-de-ay

Then they hear a rumble on the floor, the floor

It’s the big surprise they’re waiting for

And all the couples form a ring

For miles around you’ll hear them sing…

Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun

Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run

Zing boom tararrel, ring out a song of good cheer

Now’s the time to roll the barrel, for the gang’s all here

Da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da

Then they hear a rumble on the floor-or-or-or

It’s the big surprise they’re waiting for

And all the couples they form a ring

For miles around you’ll hear them sing

Drree mopado theedo da-da-da-da