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William Henry Roll


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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"


I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.


Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se


The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown


St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."



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Škoda lásky
Roll Out the Barrel  (The Roll Family Theme Song)


Jaromír Vejvoda

Jaromír Vejvoda


"Škoda lásky" (wasted or unrequited love), composed in 1928, is Jaromír Vejvoda's most famous melody. He was born March 28, 1902, and died November 13, 1988, in Zbraslav, Czechoslovakia. He belonged to the third generation of the Vejvoda musical and bandmastering family. In German the song is known as "Rosamunde," in English as the "Beer Barrel Polka," or "Roll Out the Barrel." It was sung and loved throughout all the Second World War. But only few of those who sang it knew that it was actually composed by a Czech musician from Zbraslav. The song has been translated into 15 languages.

The Beer Barrel Polka
Music by Jaromír Vejvoda
Czechoslovakian Lyrics by Wladimir A. Timm and Vasek Zeman
English Lyrics 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 com-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

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