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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleFrog he would a-wooing go
Roud No.16
Collected FromWeaver, Elizabeth Mrs.
LocationAshton Keynes
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 310
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 19th August, 1916, p 3, Part 42, No. 1: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 133, 134
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Frog he would a-wooing go -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
Whether his mother was willing or no.


To my roly-poly, gammon and spinach,
Heigho! Says Anthony Rowley.

Verse 2

Then off he went with his opera hat -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
And on the road he met with a rat.


Verse 3

And when they came to Miss Mouse's hole -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
They gave a loud knock and gave a loud call.


Verse 4

Oh, please Miss Mouse are you within? -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
Oh yes, kind sires, I'm sitting to spin.


Verse 5

Oh, please Miss Mouse, will you draw us some beer? -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
That we may sit down and have good cheer?


Verse 6

Oh, please Miss Mouse, will sing us a song? -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
One that is pretty, but not very long?


Verse 7

Now just as they were a-merry making -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
The cat and kittens came tumbling in.


Verse 8

The cat he seized the rat by the crown -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
The kittens they tumbled the little mouse down.


Verse 9

This put the frog in a terrible fright -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
So he picked up his hat and wished them good night.


Verse 10

But just as he was crossing the brook -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
A lily white duck ran and gobbled him up.


Verse 11

So there was an end of the one, two and three -
Heigho! Says Rowley;
The rat, the frog and the little mousie.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'Very old and popular. It was an especial favourite at harvest homes around Cricklade and Highworth, and was loved by men and woman of all ages. 'Wassail' Harvey, who was ninety when he died last year, used to sing a slightly different version of this, with a chorus:

Kymanara kilty karo,
Kymanara kino,
With my ram stam famma diddle,
Aribona king kang,
Kymanara kino.

The present copy I obtained of Mrs E Weaver, Ashton Keynes.'

Note 2

However, in 'Little brown frog' Wt. 361 the chorus is written:

With my rigdam bom a diddle kino,
Kimanara guilty caro,
Kimanara kino;
With my ram stam fam a diddle,
Aribona king kang,
Kimanara kino.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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