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Alice in MT Lyr Req: Frog in the Well (20) Lyr Add: FROGGIE WENT A-COURTING (from Mary O'Hara 22 Jul 97


Here is one version.

There was a frog lived in the well,
Hi Ho said Roly,
There was a frog lived in the well,
And a merry mouse in the dell,
With me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach,
Me piper and me Roly.

The frog he said I must go court,
Hi HO said Roly,
The frog he said I must go court,
With my bayonet and my sword,
With me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach ... etc.

Where will the wedding be?
Hi Ho said Roly,
Where will the wedding be?
At the foot of an ivy tree,
With me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach ... etc.

Now we're all in very good cheer,
Hi Ho said Roly,
Now we're all in very good cheer,
If we had some music here,
With me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach... etc.

In came the bumblebee,
Hi Ho said Roly,
In came the bumblebee,
With a fiddle on his knee,
With me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach... etc.

Now we're all in very good cheer,
Hi HO said Roly,
Now we're all in very good cheer
If we had some dancin' here,
With me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach,
Me piper and me Roly.

In came the butterfly,
Hi ho said Roly,
In came the butterfly,
And she plans to dance all night,
Me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach,
Me piper and me Roly.

Frog jumped up with a terrible fright,
Hi Ho said Roly,
Frog jumped up with a terrible fright,
Doffed his hat and said good night,
Me Roly-Poly Cabbage and Spinach,
Me piper and me Roly.

As the frog was crossin' the stream,
Hi Ho said Roly,
As the frog was crossin' the stream,
A big duck came and gobbled him up,
Me Roly-Poly cabbage and Spinach,
Me piper and me Roly.

This is an Irish version of Froggie Went a-Courtin', but the tune is different than the American one Burl Ives made famous. The only recording I know of this is by Mary O'Hara. She has been a big inspiration for me since the early 70's when I first found her record. She deserves larger fame. HTH Alice

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 21-Jul-02.


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