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Frog Went A Courtin

Frog Went A Courtin

“Frog Went A Courtin” also known as “Froggie Went A Courtin” or “Froggy Went A Courtin” is a very old traditional folk song from Scotland. Its first known appearance is in Wedderburn’s Complaynt of Scotland (1548) under the name “The Frog came to the Myl dur”, though this is in Scots rather than English. There is a reference in the London Company of Stationers’ Register of 1580 to “A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse.”

There are a couple of versions of this song, all of them telling roughly the same story. Frog rides to ask Miss Mouse to marry him. She is willing but must ask permission of Uncle Rat. In other versions such as “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” by Chubby Parker, Frog fights and kills Miss Mouse’s other suitors (an owl, bat and bumblebee) after they interrupt his proposal. Uncle Rat’s permission received, the two work out details of the wedding. Some versions end with a cat, snake or other creature devouring the couple and wedding guests.

 

“Frog Went A Courtin” Lyrics

Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride, uh-huh!
Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride, uh-huh!
Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride
With a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

He rode right up to Miss Mousey’s door, uh-huh!
He rode right up to Miss Mousey’s door, uh-huh!
He rode right up to Miss Mousey’s door
Gave three loud raps, and a very big roar, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

He said, “Miss Mouse, will you marry me? uh-huh!
He said, “Miss Mouse, will you marry me? uh-huh!
He said, “Miss Mouse, will you marry me?
And oh so happy we will be, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

“Not without Uncle Rat’s consent”, uh-huh!
“Not without Uncle Rat’s consent”, uh-huh!
“Not without Uncle Rat’s consent”
“Would I marry the President,” uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Uncle Rat, he went downtown, uh-huh!
Uncle Rat, he went downtown, uh-huh!
Uncle Rat, he went downtown
To buy his niece a wedding gown, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Where shall the wedding supper be? uh-huh!
Where shall the wedding supper be? uh-huh!
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in the hollow tree, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

The first to come in was a bumble bee, uh-huh!
The first to come in was a bumble bee, uh-huh!
The first to come in was a bumble bee
With a big bass fiddle on his knee, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Next to come in was the big black snake, uh-huh!
Next to come in was the big black snake, uh-huh!
Next to come in was the big black snake
He gobbled down the wedding cake, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Little bit of biscuit on the shelf, uh-huh!
Little bit of biscuit on the shelf, uh-huh!
Little bit of biscuit on the shelf
If you want any more you can sing it yourself, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

 

“Frog Went A-Courtin” Lyrics Another Version

 

Frog went a-courtin’, and he did ride, a-hum,
Frog went a-courtin’, and he did ride, a-hum,
Frog went a-courtin’, and he did ride.
With a sword and a pistol by his side, a-hum.

Well he rode up to Miss Mousey’s door, a-hum,
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey’s door, a-hum,
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey’s door.
Gave three loud raps and a very big roar, a-hum.

 Said, “Miss Mouse, are you
within?” a-hum,
Said he, “Miss Mouse, are you within?” a-hum,
Said, “Miss Mouse, are you within?”
“Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin,” a-hum.

He took Miss Mousey on his knee, a-hum,
Took Miss Mousey on his knee, a-hum,
Took Miss Mousey on his knee.
Said, “Miss Mousey, will you marry me?” a-hum.

“Without my uncle Rat’s consent, a-hum
“Without my uncle Rat’s consent, a-hum
“Without my uncle Rat’s consent.
I wouldn’t marry the president, a-hum.

Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides, a-hum,
Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides, a-hum,
Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides,.
To think his niece would be a bride, a-hum.

Uncle Rat went runnin’ downtown, a-hum,
Uncle Rat went runnin’ downtown, a-hum,
Uncle Rat went runnin’ downtown.
To buy his niece a wedding gown, a-hum.

Where shall the wedding supper be? a-hum,
Where shall the wedding supper be? a-hum,
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a hollow tree, a-hum.

What should the wedding supper be? a-hum,
What should the wedding supper be? a-hum,
What should the wedding supper be?
Fried mosquito in a black-eye pea, a-hum.

Well, first to come in was a flyin’ moth, a-hum,
First to come in was a flyin’ moth, a-hum,
First to come in was a flyin’ moth.
She laid out the table cloth, a-hum.

Next to come in was a juney bug, a-hum,
Next to come in was a juney bug, a-hum,
Next to come in was a juney bug.
She brought the water jug, a-hum.

Next to come in was a bumbley bee, a-hum,
Next to come in was a bumbley bee, a-hum,
Next to come in was a bumbley bee.
Sat mosquito on his knee, a-hum.

Next to come in was a broken black flea, a-hum,
Next to come in was a broken black flea, a-hum,
Next to come in was a broken black flea.
Danced a jig with the bumbley bee, a-hum.

Next to come in was Mrs. Cow, a-hum,
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow, a-hum,
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow.
She tried to dance but she didn’t know how, a-hum.

Next to come in was a little black tick, a-hum,
Next to come in was a little black tick, a-hum,
Next to come in was a little black tick.
She ate so much she made us sick, a-hum.

Next to come in was a big black snake, a-hum,
Next to come in was a big black snake, a-hum,
Next to come in was a big black snake.
Ate up all of the wedding cake, a-hum.

Next to come was the old gray cat, a-hum,
Next to come was the old gray cat, a-hum,
Next to come was the old gray cat.
Swallowed the mouse and ate up the rat, a-hum.

Mr. Frog went a-hoppin’ up over the brook, a-hum,
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin’ up over the brook, a-hum,
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin’ up over the brook.
A lily-white duck come and swallowed him up, a-hum.

A little piece of cornbread layin’ on a shelf, a-hum,
A little piece of cornbread layin’ on a shelf, a-hum,
A little piece of cornbread layin’ on a shelf.
If you want anymore, you can sing it yourself, a-hum.