Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Froggie Went A Courtin'

There's a big old frog sitting on the lily pad pot - I think we could have some nice frog legs for dinner with this old boy!
He seems pretty happy and makes the usual frog noises - I sure hope he's eating some mosquitos.
There's a song - "Froggie Went A Courtin' ". It's an English language folk song - the story being Frog asks Miss Mouse to marry him. She is willing but must ask permission of Uncle Rat. Rat's permission is received and the two work out details of the wedding. Some versions end with a cat or other creature devouring the participants. Sometimes the frog gets away from the cat but is later swallowed by a duck. YUK!
You might have heard the version arranged and performed by Shug Fisher, in character as Uncle Pecos, in the 1953 "Tom and Jerry" cartoon "Pecos Pest". This is still shown on Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel.
Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan have also recorded this song.
Froggy went a courting, he did ride, uh-hu
Froggy went a courting, he did ride
Sword and a pistol by his side, uh-hu