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Thread #37522   Message #1277721
Posted By: GUEST,Froggy Central
21-Sep-04 - 06:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Froggy Went A-Courtin'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Froggy Went A-Courtin'
Nope, not a different song all together, just one of the many variants that have cropped up over 500 years. At the website I set up for collecting verses ( ), I also created a page for tunes and a page for refrains. There are a surprising number of tunes with the same basic words. In the US, 'gammon' usually becomes 'cabbage' because I don't think anyone on this side of the pond calls bacon 'gammon'. Also, from what I've been able to dig up, Anthony Roly (or Rowley) was probably a reference to an Italian opera singer that made a splash in London in the 18th or 18th century. But I've not been able to get anything definitive on this.

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all for now