from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , as Traditional

A frog went a‑courtin'
Language: English 
A frog went a-courtin’ and he did ride,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
A frog went a-courtin’ and he did ride,
A sword and pistol by his side,
Refrain:
Uh-huh, uh-huh,
Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

He rode up to Miss Mousie’s door,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
He rode up to Miss Mousie’s door,
Where he had often been before,
Refrain

“O, Mistress Mouse are you within?”
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
“O, Mistress Mouse are you within?”
“I just sat down to weave and spin.”
Refrain

He took Miss Mousie on his knee,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
He took Miss Mousie on his knee,
He said, “Miss Mouse, will you marry me?”
Refrain

“Without my Uncle Rat’s consent,”
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
“Without my Uncle Rat’s consent,
I would not marry the President.”
Refrain

Uncle Rat laughed till he bust his side,
Uh-huh, [uh-huh.]
Uncle Rat laughed [till he bust his side],
To think his niece would be a bride.
Refrain

The first guest there was a bumble bee,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
The first guest there was a bumble bee;
He played a fiddle upon his knee,
Refrain

The next to come in were two little ants,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
The next to come in were two little ants,
Fixing ‘round to have a dance,
Refrain

The owl did hoot, the birds they sang,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
[he owl did hoot, the birds they sang;
And through the woods the music rang,
Refrain

The next to come in was a big tomcat,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
The next to come in was a big tomcat;
He swallowed the frog and the mouse and the rat,
Oh no!

No, that didn’t really happen.
There was no cat.
Here’s a better ending:

Then Frog and Mouse went off to France,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Then Frog and Mouse went off to France,
And that’s the end of my romance,
Refrain

Frog’s saddle and bridle are on the shelf,
Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Frog’s saddle and bridle are on the shelf,
If you want any more, you can sing it yourself,
Refrain

Sing it yourself!

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2020-09-14
Line count: 66
Word count: 330