Froggie Went A-Courting

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Played by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in the late 1970s

Froggie went a-courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh
Froggie went a-courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh
Froggie went a-courtin' and he did ride
He took his banjo by his side, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

He rode up to Miss Mousey's door, uh-huh
He rode up to Miss Mousey's door, uh-huh
He rode up to Miss Mousey's door
And knocked so loud that he made it roar, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

He said Miss Mousey will you marry me, uh-huh
He said Miss Mousey will you marry me, uh-huh
He said Miss Mousey will you marry me
Oh Miss Mousey, how I love thee, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

What will the wedding supper be, uh-huh
What will the wedding supper be, uh-huh
What will the wedding supper be
We'll get married in a sycamore tree, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Froggie went a-courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh
Froggie went a-courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh
Froggie went a-courtin' and he did ride
He took his banjo by his side, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
The traditional version, as sung by Burl Ives (and Bob Dylan) has a lot more verses:
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride, uh-huh
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride, uh-huh
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride
With a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh

Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door, uh-huh
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door, uh-huh
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door
Gave three loud raps and a very big roar, uh-huh

Said, "Miss Mouse, are you within?" uh-huh
Said he, "Miss Mouse, are you within?" uh-huh
Said, "Miss Mouse, are you within?
"Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin" uh-huh

He took Miss Mousey on his knee, uh-huh
Took Miss Mousey on his knee, uh-huh
Took Miss Mousey on his knee
Said, "Miss Mousey, will you marry me?" uh-huh

"Without my uncle Rat's consent, uh-huh
"Without my uncle Rat's consent, uh-huh
"Without my uncle Rat's consent
I wouldn't marry the president, uh-huh

Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides, uh-huh
Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides, uh-huh
Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides
To think his niece would be a bride, uh-huh

Uncle Rat went runnin' downtown, uh-huh
Uncle Rat went runnin' downtown, uh-huh
Uncle Rat went runnin' downtown
To buy his niece a wedding gown, uh-huh

Where shall the wedding supper be? uh-huh
Where shall the wedding supper be? uh-huh
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a hollow tree, uh-huh

What should the wedding supper be? uh-huh
What should the wedding supper be? uh-huh
What should the wedding supper be?
Fried mosquito in a black-eye pea, uh-huh

Well, first to come in was a flyin' moth, uh-huh
First to come in was a flyin' moth, uh-huh
First to come in was a flyin' moth
She laid out the tablecloth, uh-huh

Next to come in was a juney bug, uh-huh
Next to come in was a juney bug, uh-huh
Next to come in was a juney bug
She brought the water jug, uh-huh

Next to come in was a bumbley bee, uh-huh
Next to come in was a bumbley bee, uh-huh
Next to come in was a bumbley bee
Sat mosquito on his knee, uh-huh

Next to come in was a broken black flea, uh-huh
Next to come in was a broken black flea, uh-huh
Next to come in was a broken black flea
Danced a jig with the bumbley bee, uh-huh

Next to come in was Mrs. Cow, uh-huh
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow, uh-huh
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow
She tried to dance but she didn't know how, uh-huh

Next to come in was a little black tick, uh-huh
Next to come in was a little black tick, uh-huh
Next to come in was a little black tick
She ate so much she made us sick, uh-huh

Next to come in was a big black snake, uh-huh
Next to come in was a big black snake, uh-huh
Next to come in was a big black snake
Ate up all of the wedding cake, uh-huh

Next to come was the old gray cat, uh-huh
Next to come was the old gray cat, uh-huh
Next to come was the old gray cat
Swallowed the mouse and ate up the rat, uh-huh

Mr. Frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook, uh-huh
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook, uh-huh
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook
A lily-white duck come and swallowed him up, uh-huh

A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf, uh-huh
A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf, uh-huh
A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf
If you want anymore, you can sing it yourself, uh-huh

Notes:
"Pakalolo" is the Hawaiian term for marijuana.