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The Frog and the Mouse / Froggy's Courting

[ Roud 16 ; G/D 8:1669 ; Ballad Index R108 ; trad.]

Adolphus Le Rue of Bonne Nuit, Jersey, Elizabeth Cronin of Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, Annik Paterson of Tob, Orkney, and Albert Beale of Kenardington, Kent sang The Frog and the Mouse in recordings made by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s. He mixed them together for a track on the album Songs of Animals and Other Marvels (The Folk Songs of Britain Volume 10; Caedmon 1961; Topic 1970).

Cecilia Costello sang The Frog and the Mouse in a BBC recording made by Maria Slocombe in Birmingham on January 16, 1954. This was published in 1975 on her Leader album Cecilia Costello: Recording from the Sound Archives of the BBC.

Packie Byrne sang The Frog's Wedding on his eponymous EFDSS LP of 1969, Packie Byrne.

Frankie Armstrong sang The Frog and the Mouse in 1972 on her Topic album Lovely on the Water.

Tim Hart sang Froggy's Courting in 1983 on Tim Hart and Friends' album Drunken Sailor and Other Kids Songs. This track was later included on their compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children's Songs.

Megson sang A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go on their 2012 album of children's folk songs, When I Was a Lad….

Lyrics

Tim Hart sings Froggy's Courting

Oh Froggy went a-courting and he did ride, a-hum,
Froggy went a-courting and he did ride, a-hum,
Oh Froggy went a-courting and he did ride
With a sword and a pistol by his side, a-hum.

And off he went in his big cocked hat, a-hum,
And on his way met Mister Rat, a-hum.

They rode till they came to Miss Mouse's hall, a-hum,
And there they did both knock and call, a-hum.

Miss Mouse, Miss Mouse, will you give us some beer, a-hum,
And we will all be of good cheer, a-hum.

And Froggy, oh Froggy, give us a song, a-hum,
But please make sure it's not too long, a-hum.

And while they were all a-merry making, a-hum,
The cat and the kittens came tumbling in, a-hum.

And the cat she seized the rat by the crown, a-hum,
And the kittens pulled the little mouse down, a-hum.

Oh Froggy jumped up all in a fright, a-hum,
He grabbed his hat and said good night, a-hum.

As Froggy was crossing over the brook, a-hum,
Along came a duck and gobbled him up, a-hum.

So that is the end of one, two, three, a-hum,
The Rat and the Mouse and the little Froggy, a-hum.

Links

See also the Mudcat Café thread Lyr Req: Froggy Went A-Courtin'.