FROG WENT A COURTIN'

Latest update on 02/02/2015

Artist: Uncle Josh
Author: traditional
Label: Berliner
Year: 1900

Children song, at least as old as Auprès de ma blonde and Greensleeves (see there). Started off as a Jacobinian 16th century lampoon song, to discourage a growing romance between the English Queen Elisabeth I and the French Duc d'Anjou. The French are frogs for Brits. First published in London in 1580 as A Moste Strange Weddinge Of The Frogge And The Mouse. Musically related with When Johnny Comes Marching Home. The chorus sounds like the one in Hinky Dinky Parlez-vous/Mademoiselle From Armentières.

Covers:

1927:

Buell Kazee

1928:

Chubby Parker [as King Kong Kitchie Ki-Me-O; variantion on the same theme]

1928:

Bradley Kincaid

1928:

Uncle Dave Macon [as Governor Al Smith]

1935:

anonymous children [Lomax recording as Froggie Went A Courtin']

1936:

Robert Russell

1944:

Woody Guthrie

1950s:

John Jacob Niles

1953:

Pete Seeger [on lp American Folksongs For Children]

1957:

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger

1959:

Almeda Riddle

1960s:

Doc Watson

1961:

Brothers Four [as Frogg; hit US]

1964:

Odetta

1967:

Bob Dylan & The Band [same tune in Apple Suckling Tree from the Basement sessions]

1970:

Elvis Presley [informal rehearsal]

1973:

Mike Oldfield [B-side of Tubular Bells 45]

1988:

Nick Cave

1991:

Flat Duo Jets

1992:

Bob Dylan [a grandfather telling gory stories to his grandchildren]

2006:

Bruce Springsteen

A perfect lullaby, all things considered: unnatural sex, lots of disgusting food and a bloody grand finale. Also by Mylo Brown, Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers and Spider John Koerner.

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