Beer Barrel Polka Tuning

Lyrics: Lew Brown
Music: Timm, Zeman, Vejvoda

Played by the Grateful Dead as a 'tuning' jam between songs.

The melody is from a Czech song "Skoda Lasky" ("Unrequited Love"). English lyrics were added by Lew Brown.

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
Sing boom tararra, 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

Dring mopado dring-do da-da-da-da

Roll it out, roll it out, roll out the barrel
Da-da-da da-da da-da da-da-da-da-da
Sing a song of good cheer
'Cause the whole gang is here
Roll it out, roll it out
Let's do the beer barrel polka
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     26 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
      2 Dec 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 14
     26 Jun 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 12