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Jodi
02-02-2000, 06:32 PM
Okay, this is TRULY mundane and pointless but please help just the same. I have this song stuck in my head, but I only know the first verse, so it has been playing OVER AND OVER in my head until I'm resisting the urge to shoot myself to make it stop!

Actually, I don't think I need to shoot myself; I think my usually sunny disposition would be restored if I could just think of the rest of the song. So . . .

Froggy went a courtin' he did ride, uh huh
Froggy went a courtin' he did ride, uh huh
Froggy went a courtin' he did ride,
Sword and pistol by his side, uh huh

THEN WHAT HAPPENS???? Apologies to anyone who may now have this song stuck in their head as well.



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Jodi

Fiat Justitia

Arnold Winkelried
02-02-2000, 06:41 PM
http://judyanddavid.com/Songbook/F.html

Scroll down to "Froggy went a courtin'". But I've got to warn you, it's pretty ugly! It's a freakin' bloodbath! And they sing this to kids?

Demo
02-02-2000, 06:45 PM
..."Yes kind sir I sit and spin"

Just doesn't mean what it used to.....

Inkz
02-02-2000, 06:47 PM
Jeez Jouise! Whay are nursery rymes and old childrens stories ala. Hansel and Gretel and little Red Riding Hood so sinister!?

Harmonious Discord
02-02-2000, 07:03 PM
This is an old folk song with many variations. I'm typing in the closest to what you have now.

Froggie Would a Wooing Go

A froggie would a-wooing go,
Uh-hum,
Froggie would a-wooing go,
Whether his mother would let him or no,
Uh-hum

Said the frog "Miss Mouse, will you marry me?"
Uh-hum,
Fro said, "Miss Mouse, will you marry me?"
"I'll have to ask Uncle Rat," said she,
Uh-hum

"Who shall the wedders thay all be?"
Uh-hum,
"Who shall the wedders thay all be?"
"Bear, the bug, and the bumble bee."
Uh-hum.

"Where shall the wedding supper be?"
Uh-hum,
"Where shall the wedding supper be?"
"Down in the trunk of a hollow tree."
Uh-hum.

First to come was a little brown bug,
Uh-hum,
First to come was a little brown bug,
He had whiskey in a jug,
Uh-hum.

The last to come was a big tom cat,
Uh-hum,
The last to come was a big tom cat,
He ate the bride up, just like that
Uh-hum.

Froggie jumped into the lake,
Uh-hum,
Froggie jumped into the lake,
He got eat by a big black snake,
Uh-hum.

Big black snake, he swum to land,
Uh-hum,
Big black snake, he swum to land,
He got killed by a black man,
Uh-hum.

Black man, he came from France,
Uh-hum,
Black man, he came from France,
T'teach the ladies how to dance,
Uh-hum.

The original song doesn't use black for the man, but I'm not going to type the original word.

Jodi
02-02-2000, 09:24 PM
Violent, racist, and 900 verses long -- great! There's got to be some other song I can subconsciously obsess over.

::sings::

Jeremiah was a bullfrog . . .


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Jodi

Fiat Justitia

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
02-02-2000, 10:22 PM
I seem to remember an animated commercial that did this song back in the early 80s.

Don't remember what it was for, though.

Alpine
02-02-2000, 10:45 PM
My father used to sing this to us back when he played guitar and we were still wee sprats. I don't remember his version being quite so... gnarly.

TripleAnt
02-03-2000, 01:59 AM
I heard it from this storyteller we went to listen to at Lincoln's birthplace when I was a little kid in Illinois. I'm the same though, it wasn't as gruesome at it seems there.

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Zulu
02-03-2000, 04:46 AM
We sang a weird version in grade 5:

Froggie went a courtin' and he did ride, rinkum-boyd-michie-cambo.
Sword and pistol by his side, rinkum-body-michie-cambo.

Chorus (sung quite fast): Kee-mo Kie-mo, domie-nicky rye-mo, kee-mo kie-mo nero, straddle-addle-addle bob-a-laddle bob-a-linkum, rinkum-body michie-cambo.

Like, what the hell? I wasn't able to finally get my tongue around that version of the song until I was 18.

Harmonious Discord
02-03-2000, 06:45 AM
Zulu this is closest to yours.

Froggie Went to Take a Ride

Froggie went to take a ride,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Sword and pistol by his side,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Ki-mo ka-ro dout-oh shar-oh, ki-mo, ka-ro,
String strang come-a-diddle, anybody rig,
Rigom body mid-ah ki-mo.

He rode up to Miss Mouse's door,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
He jumped in the middle of Miss Mouse's floor,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Ki-mo ka-ro dout-oh shar-oh, ki-mo, ka-ro,
String strang come-a-diddle, anybody rig,
Rigom body mid-ah ki-mo.

He took Lady Mouse upon his knee,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Said, "Lady Mouse, will you marry me?"
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Ki-mo ka-ro dout-oh shar-oh, ki-mo, ka-ro,
String strang come-a-diddle, anybody rig,
Rigom body mid-ah ki-mo.

Uncle Rat came riding down,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
To get his niece a wedding gown,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Ki-mo ka-ro dout-oh shar-oh, ki-mo, ka-ro,
String strang come-a-diddle, anybody rig,
Rigom body mid-ah ki-mo.

He took her home where he did dwell,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
That was in the bottom of a well,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
Ki-mo ka-ro dout-oh shar-oh, ki-mo, ka-ro,
String strang come-a-diddle, anybody rig,
Rigom body mid-ah ki-mo.

The water took her up to the chin,
Rigdom body mid-ak ki-mo,
She wished she were a maid again,
Ki-mo ka-ro dout-oh shar-oh, ki-mo, ka-ro,
String strang come-a-diddle, anybody rig,
Rigom body mid-ah ki-mo.

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frolix8
02-03-2000, 06:36 PM
According to the liner notes on the Doc Watson CD "Home Again" this song was published in 1580. I doubt that anyone would have been too disturbed by a cat eating a rat or a duck eating a frog, most people back then would have had some experience with the way nature works.

Doc does a very fine rendition of this song, by the way.

Kat
02-03-2000, 10:42 PM
Anyone else remember the Uncle Pecos version from Tom and Jerry?

Froggie went a'courtin' and he did ride
HAMBONE!
Froggie went a'courtin' and he did ride
Sword and a p-p-p-p-and a revolver by his side
Froggie went a'courtin' and he did ride
::guitar string breaks::

voguevixen
02-03-2000, 10:50 PM
Originally posted by Kat:
Anyone else remember the Uncle Pecos version from Tom and Jerry?

Froggie went a'courtin' and he did ride
HAMBONE!
Froggie went a'courtin' and he did ride
Sword and a p-p-p-p-and a revolver by his side
Froggie went a'courtin' and he did ride
::guitar string breaks::


"Y'know DURN WELL I cain't play witout ma GEE-tar string!" (I was thinking of that the whole time I was reading, lol!)


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Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
02-03-2000, 10:50 PM
::guitar string breaks::

But, luckily, Tom was always nearby.

SanibelMan
02-03-2000, 11:46 PM
I remember a version from Pete Seegar that we have on LP here somewhere that went:

Froggy went a courtin' and he did ride
Ding dang dong go the wedding bells...
[lines I don't remember]
Chorus:
Here's to Cheshire, here's to cheese
Here's to the pears and the apple trees
And here's to the lovely strawberries
Ding dang dong go the wedding bells

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Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
02-03-2000, 11:51 PM
BTW, the "Froggy Went A-courtin'" commercial was a PSA touting good eating habits.

And, I seem to recall Uncle Pecos as sounding sorta like "Crusty" from "The Incredible Mr Limpet."

Wonder if they were both (or if either was) Paul Frees.

Guy Propski
02-04-2000, 09:05 AM
Mjollnir--nope, Uncle Pecos was voiced by Shug Fisher, a member of the Sons of the Pioneers. He also used to play "Shorty" Kellems on "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Kamino Neko
02-04-2000, 09:38 AM
I'm familiar with a somewhat different version than any of the posted so far.

I can't really remember all the lyrics, but there was reference to the stitching on Froggie's britches - why I remember this I don't know...

There's a little animated thing done of the song (Probably National Film Board - these things usually are.) which was pretty much the version I knew from school.

I love the way the last verse was done in that one...

In the calmest voice humanly possible, more slowly than the rest of the song:

Well, they all sailed off, across the lake, uh hun, uh hun.
Well, they all sailed off across the lake,
(Spoken)And they got gobbled up by the biggest...snake...uh hun, uh hun, uh hun...



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Ukulele Ike
02-04-2000, 12:50 PM
Bob Dylan did a nice little version of this on his 1992 album GOOD AS I BEEN TO YOU. Folks were a mite surprised he'd sing something this wholesome.

Little piece a cornbread sittin on the shelf
If ya want any more, ya can sing it yourself.

Shoe2
04-16-2012, 08:05 AM
"Yep, English. Then, Yankee. It was first printed in England in 1611 with the title, "A Most Strange Weddinge Of The Froge And The Mouse". It first crossed the pond to New England with the Pilgrims & Puritans in the 1620s & 1630s before migrating south to the Blue Ridge & Appalachian areas where it became a "traditional American" tune."

http://kristinhall.org/songbook/ClassicKids/FroggyWentACourtin.html

Unfortunately, the web page that offers this bit of history, offers no proof of citation for the information. Nonetheless, it seemed worth posting here, if for no other reason, than to send the next reader on a hunt to prove it!

Smapti
04-16-2012, 08:07 AM
Well, Froggy went a-courtin' an' he did ride, uh huh,
Froggy went a-courtin' an' he did ride, uh huh,
Froggy went a-courtin' an' he did ride,
Blablablablablablasumthin' Bender is great,
Froggy went a courtin' an' Bender is great, uh-huh!

Dendarii Dame
04-16-2012, 08:52 AM
It doesn't have to be gory, just end it early. "Miss Mousie will you marry me? mm-hmm.(3x) And then we two will happy be, mm-hmm."

"Without my Uncle Rat's consent, mm-hmm (3x) I would not wed the President, mm-hmm."

"So Uncle Rat he went to town, mm-hmm (3x) and bought his niece a wedding gown mm-hmm."

When I sang this to my son, I always ended it at that point.

banjoDavid
04-16-2012, 09:07 AM
Well, that was the end of him and her, uh-huh
that was the end of him and her, uh-huh
that was the end of him and her,
you won't see no tadpoles covered in fur, uh-huh

David

Scumpup
04-16-2012, 09:22 AM
I was unaware until I read this thread that ducks eat frogs. I was ready to make post stating that they do not, then I did a little research (http://icons.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/t/tomekandjola/1754.jpg).

yellowval
04-16-2012, 09:27 AM
There is a version of this song on a CD of children's music I play in the car for my daughter. In that version, the happy couple goes on a honeymoon to France after the wedding supper.

twickster
04-16-2012, 09:30 AM
Moved MPSIMS --> Cafe Society.

Sophistry and Illusion
04-16-2012, 09:41 AM
I know this song from a Doc Watson album I have. His version of the lyrics can be found here (http://www.rapidlyrics.com/song/Doc-Watson-Froggie-Went-A-Courtin'-lyrics-228607/). Not sure his version is for kids, either; part of it goes:

2. He rode right up to Miss Mousie's door, ah hah, (repeat)
And he hit it so hard that he made it roar, ah hah, ah hah, ah hah.

3. Then Miss Mousie let him in, ah hah, (repeat)
And the way they courted, it was a sin, ah hah, ah hah, ah hah.

Munch
04-16-2012, 09:44 AM
THEN WHAT HAPPENS???? Apologies to anyone who may now have this song stuck in their head as well.

[light-hearted snark]You know, there's this website called "Youtube" that has all sorts of songs and videos and things. You can search on them and everything. Going there and searching "froggy went a courtin" turns up 721 videos (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=froggy+went+a+courtin&oq=froggy+went&aq=0&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_nf=1&gs_l=youtube-psuggest.3.0.0l10.330.4179.0.6953.29.28.8.2.2.1.197.1752.13j5.18.0.). [/LH snark]

pulykamell
04-16-2012, 09:50 AM
[light-hearted snark]You know, there's this website called "Youtube" that has all sorts of songs and videos and things. You can search on them and everything. Going there and searching "froggy went a courtin" turns up 721 videos (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=froggy+went+a+courtin&oq=froggy+went&aq=0&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_nf=1&gs_l=youtube-psuggest.3.0.0l10.330.4179.0.6953.29.28.8.2.2.1.197.1752.13j5.18.0.). [/LH snark]

If they had Youtube in the year 2000, that might have helped her.

Munch
04-16-2012, 10:11 AM
Goodness!

yellowval
04-16-2012, 10:12 AM
Oh, dear. Has anyone mentioned the last verse with the zombies yet?

Alessan
04-16-2012, 10:43 AM
Zombies went a-walking and did they munch, uh-huh

WhyNot
04-16-2012, 10:45 AM
Zombies went a-walking and did they munch, uh-huh

And your cerebellum made a tasty lunch, uh-huh...

Thudlow Boink
04-16-2012, 12:32 PM
I remember a version from Pete Seegar that we have on LP here somewhere that went:

Froggy went a courtin' and he did ride
Ding dang dong go the wedding bells...
[lines I don't remember]
Chorus:
Here's to Cheshire, here's to cheese
Here's to the pears and the apple trees
And here's to the lovely strawberries
Ding dang dong go the wedding bellsI had that record when I was a kid!

Apparently, it's been re-released on CD (http://www.amazon.com/Childrens-Concert-Pete-Seeger/dp/B0012GMVYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1334593820&sr=1-1), with a bunch more tracks than I remember on the original LP.

astorian
04-16-2012, 03:05 PM
Okay, this is TRULY mundane and pointless but please help just the same. I have this song stuck in my head, but I only know the first verse, so it has been playing OVER AND OVER in my head until I'm resisting the urge to shoot myself to make it stop!

Actually, I don't think I need to shoot myself; I think my usually sunny disposition would be restored if I could just think of the rest of the song. So . . .

Froggy went a courtin' he did ride, uh huh
Froggy went a courtin' he did ride, uh huh
Froggy went a courtin' he did ride,
Sword and pistol by his side, uh huh

THEN WHAT HAPPENS???? Apologies to anyone who may now have this song stuck in their head as well.



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Jodi

Fiat Justitia



Okay, I have to ask... did anybody else think of Jerry Mouse's guitar playing Uncle Pecos (who taught me the word "Crambone")?

pulykamell
04-16-2012, 03:07 PM
Okay, I have to ask... did anybody else think of Jerry Mouse's guitar playing Uncle Pecos (who taught me the word "Crambone")?

Post #13, yes. (Although, like you, I agree that it was "Crambone" not "HAMBONE"!)

Voyager
04-16-2012, 04:00 PM
It doesn't have to be gory, just end it early. "Miss Mousie will you marry me? mm-hmm.(3x) And then we two will happy be, mm-hmm."

"Without my Uncle Rat's consent, mm-hmm (3x) I would not wed the President, mm-hmm."

"So Uncle Rat he went to town, mm-hmm (3x) and bought his niece a wedding gown mm-hmm."

When I sang this to my son, I always ended it at that point.

There have probably been 180 new versions released since this thread started.
Besides the good Dylan version mentioned above, I have one by Mike Oldfield, of all people, which has the marry the president verse and then
Uncle Rat laughed and slapped his fat side
Uncle Rat laughed and slapped his fat side
To think his niece would be a bride.

They all get swallowed up by a big black snake in the end, but not as bloodily.

I'm betting there is a Folklore PhD dissertation out there somewhere evaluating all the versions.

pohjonen
04-16-2012, 11:56 PM
I remember this by the Brothers Four:

As I recall the last verse went

"That's it, Clyde, better hit the road, farewell.
That's it, Clyde, better hit the road, goodbye.
That's it, Clyde, better hit the road,
You ain't no frog you're a horny toad,
Farewell, goodbye, adios.
Farewell, goodbye, adios."

Bamboo Boy
04-25-2012, 04:43 PM
I think it's super weird that "King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-Oh" (spelling may vary, I think) is the same (sort of) as "Froggy Went a' Courtin'". It's not the same melody, but it IS the same story and much of the same text.

I prefer KKKKKMO to FWaC. Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2erx8MEaXxE

How catchy and sweet is that?