Mudcat Café message #5981 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #1681   Message #5981
Posted By: sos@oz.plymouth.edu
31-May-97 - 12:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Froggy Went A-Courtin'
Subject: RE: Froggy went a-courtin'
John McCutcheon sings two different versions of this song. One is delightfully rowdy, and the other very melodic and beautiful. The chorus to the first goes (my own spelling - I haven't seen the words): "Kie-man-eero, down to Cairo, Kie-man-eero, Cairo, strada-ladda-ladda-bobba-ladda-bobba-linctum, rinctum body minch-cambo." Or something like that, honest! The other one has a chorus something like, "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." I think they both have the very fine line, after the cat breaks up the wedding party, "guess there won't be tadpoles covered with fur." Your library should have a book of folk songs with at least one version of this song in it. -Steffan