frog went a​-​courting

from by mark adamczyk



A traditional children's ballad. Ballads used to be fast-paced songs about romantic adventures. (Now they seem to be just the romance, and always slow. Go figure.) Why not sing of a swashbuckling frog as he courts the mouse of his dreams? Short repeated phrases in a song--"hi diddle-um dee" in this case--can be a point of entry for a young child's singing along.


Frog went a-courting, he did ride, hi diddle-um dee!
Oh, frog went a-courting, he did ride to ask Miss Mouse to be his bride.
Sing "Ho" for the tale of the courtly frog, hi diddle-um dee!


from songs i like to sing with you, released March 23, 2014



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mark adamczyk Lake Bluff, Illinois

I've been singing songs and enjoying music with families, professionally, for more than a decade. I'm not so much a performer (I save that for my "grownup" music in the evenings) as I am a facilitator, encouraging and enabling people to sing and make music on their own. Listening to somebody else sing a song is fine, but singing on your own and with your family can be much more fulfilling and fun! ... more

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