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Everybody has a Mania to do the Polka from Pennsylvania!

Written by Lester Lee and Zeke Manners in 1942, The Pennsylvania Polka is 80 years old! This original piece of sheet music is available to check out from the library.
Cover art for the sheet music version of the song Pennsylvania Polka, including an inset photo of the Andrew Sisters - 3 women in clothing from the 1940's

The song was introduced by the Andrews Sisters in the movie “Give Out, Sisters.”

Pennsylvania Polka – The Andrews Sisters (YouTube)

It was a big hit for America’s Polka KingFrankie Yankovic too.

Pennsylvania Polka – Frankie Yankovic (YouTube)

Pittsburghers might remember the tune as a 1979 Steeler’s fight song, with lyrics by Jimmy Pol. “We’re from the town with that great football team – We cheer the Pittsburgh Steelers!”

Pittsburgh Steelers Polka – Jimmy Pol (YouTube)


“Pennsylvania Polka” by Lester Lee and Zeke Manners

Strike up the music the band has begun
The Pennsylvania Polka.
Pick out your partner and join in the fun
The Pennsylvania Polka.
It started in Scranton, it’s now number one
It’s bound to entertain you
Everybody has a mania
To do the polka from Pennsylvania.

While they’re dancing
Everybody’s cares are quickly gone
Sweet romancing
This goes on and on until the dawn
They’re so carefree
Gay with laughter, happy as can be
They stop to have a beer
Then the crowd begins to cheer
They kiss and then, they start to dance again.

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