Froggy Went A-Courtin'
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Well a froggy went a-courtin'
He did ride
Well a froggy went a-courtin'
And he did ride
Well a froggy went a-courtin'
He did ride
He had a sword and a pistol by his side
Well he road up to missy mouse's door
Well he road up to missy mouse's door
Well he road up to missy mouse's door
And he'd been there many many times before

Well he said missy mouse are you within
Well he said missy mouse are you within
Well he said missy mouse are you within
She said yes kind sir I sit and I spin

Well he took missy mouse upon his knee
Well he took missy mouse upon his knee
Well he took missy mouse upon his knee
And said mousy won't you please marry me

Not without my uncle rat's consent
Not without my uncle rat's consent
Not without my uncle rat's consent
Well without my uncle rat's consent well I wouldn't marry the president

Well uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides
Well uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides
Well uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides
To think his little niece gonna be a bride

Well where will the wedding breakfast be
Well where will the wedding breakfast be
Well where will the wedding breakfast be
Well down yonder in a hollow tree

Well the next came in was a two legged flea
Well the next came in was a two legged flea
Well the next came in was a two legged flea
And he did a little dance with a bumblebee

Well they all went for a ride on the lake
Well they all went for a ride on the lake
Well they all went for a ride on the lake
Got swallowed up by a big black snake

Well the owls all hooted and the birds all sang
Well the owls all hooted and the birds all sang
Well the owls all hooted and the birds all sang
And through the woods the music rang

Well there's bread and there's cheese upon the shelf
Well there's bread and there's cheese upon the shelf




Well there's bread and there's cheese upon the shelf
If you wanna hear more your gonna sing it yourself

Overall Meaning

The song "Froggy Went A-Courtin'" is a traditional folklore song that was made famous by Jimmie Rodgers. The song tells of a frog who is traveling to court a mouse. Throughout the song, the frog is portrayed as having a chivalrous demeanor with a sword and pistol by his side. The frog arrives at Missy Mouse's door and asks for her hand in marriage. However, Missy Mouse denies his proposal until her uncle rat consents to it. Uncle Rat eventually agrees, and they plan for a wedding feast in a hollow tree. The song takes a humorous turn when a two-legged flea joins the party and dances with a bumblebee, and unfortunately, they are all eventually swallowed by a black snake.


The song is believed to have originated in Scotland and was initially sung as a ballad in the early 16th century. The song evolved over time and became a popular kid's rhyme in the United States in the late 19th century. It has been recorded by various artists such as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. The lyrics have been modified over the years, but the overall narrative has remained constant.


Line by Line Meaning

Well a froggy went a-courtin'
There was once a frog who went courting


He did ride
He rode gallantly


He had a sword and a pistol by his side
He was armed as any proper courting gentleman would be


Well he road up to missy mouse's door
He traveled up to the door of his beloved mouse


And he'd been there many many times before
He was a frequent visitor


She said yes kind sir I sit and I spin
The mouse was at home, busily engaged in her work


Well he took missy mouse upon his knee
He took the mouse into his lap


And said mousy won't you please marry me
He asked her to be his wife


Not without my uncle rat's consent
The mouse would only agree to marry with her uncle's permission


Well uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides
The uncle rat found this request to be amusing


To think his little niece gonna be a bride
He was surprised and delighted that his niece was going to get married


Well down yonder in a hollow tree
The wedding breakfast was to be held in a nearby tree


Well the next came in was a two legged flea
A flea entered the scene


And he did a little dance with a bumblebee
The flea danced with a bee


Got swallowed up by a big black snake
The group encountered tragedy when they were eaten by a snake


Well the owls all hooted and the birds all sang
There was great sorrow and mourning in the forest


And through the woods the music rang
The music they once sang and danced to could still be heard echoing in the woods


If you wanna hear more your gonna sing it yourself
If you want to hear more of the story, you'll have to perform it yourself




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: TRAD, Odetta Felious Gordon

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Comments from YouTube:

Janice Totten

My grandfather sang this to me and now I am singing to my grandson. I am so glad I found this to play for him - I could never do it justice !

felixbautista

Thank you so much.

Thomas Battcock

This one of the purest voices I have ever heard.......I really wish they would release more of his music. . The choices on itunes is very limited; although there is an album of Christmas Carols there. Listening to Jimmy sing "O Holy Night" was a real treat and a very pleasent surprise.

robert 4

The excellent singing and backup group carry this song.! Not everyone could do this song justice!

felixbautista

Thank you so much Robert 4.

quinto

The best version by a mile, keeps my feet tapping.

felixbautista

Thank you so much for dropping by Quinto...... have a pleasant week.

Braedy Isbester

quinto Listen to The Flat Duo Jets' version

mr. warmth

your welcome felix

mr. warmth

berle ives does it well also

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