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Frog Went a-Courtin' -or- A Frog He Would a-Wooin' Go

A few refrains collected from numerous sources



'Twas the Frogge in the well, humble dum, humble, dum. And the merrie Mouse in the Mill, tweedle, tweedle, twino.

15AThere was a frog lived in the well, Whipsee diddledee dandy dee. There was a mouse lived in a mill, Whipsee diddledee dandy dee. This frog he would a-wooing ride, with sword and buckler by his side. With a harem scarem diddledum darum, Whipsee diddledee dandy dee. (buckler=small, round shield)

22There lived a Puddy in a well, Cuddy alone, cuddy alone; There lived a Puddy in a well, Cuddy alone and I. There was a Puddy in a well, And a mousie in a mill; Kickmaleerie, cowden down, Cuddy alone and I. (Puddy=frog)

1Frog went a courtin' and he did ride hmm, hmm. Frog went a-courtin' and he did ride. A sword and a pistol by his side hmm, hmm.

12A frog he would a-wooing go, Heigh ho! says Rowley. Whether his mother would let him go or no. With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach, Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

7 [He rode right up to Miss Mousie's door, uh, huh.](x3) And he hit it so hard that he made it roar, uh-huh.

20 [He rode 'til he come to Miss Mousie's door. Hey, hey.](x3) He give it three raps and a big loud roar. Hey, hey hey, hey.

25 Frog went a-courtin', he did ride, Rinktum body minchy cambo, Sword and buckler by his side, Rinktum body minchy cambo. Kimaneero, down to Cairo, Kimaneero, Cairo, Straddle, addle ladda bobo Ladda bobolinktum Rinktum body minchy cambo.

25 Chesire the cat lived over the hill. Ding! Dang! Dong! go the wedding bells. A pretty little mouse lived under the mill. Ding! Dang! Dong! go the wedding bells. [Chorus] Here's to Cheshire, here's to cheese, here's to the pears and the apple trees. Here's to the lovely strawberries. Ding! Dang! Dong! go the wedding bells.

25 There was a frog who lived in a well. Hi, Ho, ransom derry-down. And a merry mouse in the mill. Rattle-dy dump o'leary.

25 [Chorus] Kayro jayro, down in the land of Pharoah, Pharoah. Come a rat trap, rattletrap, tommy-doodle, periwinkle. Kitchie, kitchie, kie-me-oh. Come a rat trap tommy-doodle oh.

25 [Chorus] Teemy tim-o in the land of neo Pharoah set a trap. peeny winkle timey doodle rattle. Buggy rat trap peenie winkle tie me oh..

27 [Chorus] Keemo, kymo darowah; Mahee, mahi, maho; Nit cap ko bomadiddle nit cap set back; Sing song Polly won't you ky-me-o.


updated - 1/15/2000 (added source 24), 6/12/2000 (added Refrain page and link to 1611 source), June 17, 2000 (added verses and refrains from source 25

Last updated - Sept. 21, 2004 (added refrain from source 27)


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