Polly Wolly Doodle? (Where is that from?)

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Here I am in GQ with my first post on the new board. There are questions about Jesus, the Chief Justice, QBasic…and here I come with a question about “Polly Wolly Doodle”. Talk about ‘not quite fitting in’. :wink: )

Anyhoo…
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The song ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’. Where is that from?
A play?
A movie? (Appart from the obvious S.O.B. by Blake Edwards.)

Searches have turned up sites with lyrics and bad MIDI.

According to this site, it’s from the minstrel shows which began in the 1840’s.

http://www.musicals101.com/minstrel.htm

If you care to post this question on the Mudcat Cafe, you’ll almost certainly get some knowledgeable replies (it’s a site devoted to folk and blues music). I seem to recall that it’s quite an old song in the U.S.–Mercotan’s link may well be correct.