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It's Polka Time!!!

This page contains two polkas with the words to both. Both have been recorded in real time on the KN5000 keyboard. To download the music, click on the song title.

Red Wing Polka
The Happy Wanderer

Red Wing Polka

Verse 1
There once lived an Indian maid,
A shy little prairie maid,
Who sang alay, a love song gay,
As on the plain she'd while away the day.
She loved a warrior bold, this shy little maid of old,
But brave and gay, he rode one day to battle far away.

Now, the moon shines tonight on pretty Red Wing,
the breeze is sighing, the night bird's crying,
For afar 'neath his star her brave is sleeping,
While Red Wing's weeping her heart away.

(Repeat the Chorus)

Verse 2
She watched for him day and night,
She kept all the campfires bright,
And under the sky, each night she would lie,
And dream about his coming by and by;
But when all the braves returned, the heart of Red Wing yearned,
For far, far away, her warrior gay, fell bravely in the fray.


Arrangement from Easy Play: Polka Time
Copyright: Hal Leonard Publ. Corp., 1992

The Happy Wanderer

Our high school chorus sang this song in the 50's. This past Mardi Gras one of the Mexican bands played it as a march in the parade here in Guaymas. Just in case you want to sing instead of march or dance the polka, here are four of the verses as they appear in Hal Leonard's Polka Time.

1. I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.
Chorus: (sung after each verse)

Valderi, Valdera, Valdera,
Valde ha ha ha ha ha ha
Valderi, Valdera
My knapsack on my back.
2. I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun,
So joyously it calls to me,
"Come join my happy song!"

[Last line of Chorus is the last line of the corresponding verse.]
3. I wave my hat to all I meet
And they wave back to me,
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet,
From every greenwood tree.
4. Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God's clear blue sky!

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