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I first learned "Polly-Wolly-Doodle", a traditional American song, whilst at primary school back in the late 1940's. It was a school-favourite of mine. The lyrics we sang were definitely not politically correct by today's mores. Singing the lines
"Oh, I came to a river and couldn't get across,
Sing Polly-wolly-doodle all the day!
And I jumped upon a nigger, for I thought he was a hoss
would scarcely earn many kudos in our present multi-ethnic global village. The version that I still sing today can be found in It's fun to sing where astonishingly the given lyrics are exactly those that I sang as a schoolchild.
"Polly-Wolly-Doodle" has been recorded by:
The Carter Family on "On Border Radio, Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Burl Ives on "A Little Bitty Tear" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Burl Ives on "Greatest Hits" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Burl Ives on "Little Bitty Tear" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Wally Whyton on "Children's Choice"