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Frog In The Well (Traditional) MIDI
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There was a frog lived in the well,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
There was a frog lived in the well,
And a merry mouse in the dell;
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

Said the frog, I must go forth,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
Said the frog, I must go forth,
With me bayonet and me sword.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

Little Miss Mouse was having her tea,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
Little Miss Mouse was having her tea,
Says he, "Miss Mouse, would ya marry me?"
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

Where, oh, will the weddin' be?
"Hi ho," said Roly;
Where, oh, will the weddin' be?
Down at the butt of an Ivy tree.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

Now, we're all in very good cheer,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
Now, we're all in very good cheer,
If we had some music here.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

In came the bumble bee,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
In came the bumble bee,
And he clamped a bagpipe on his knee.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

Now, we're all in very good cheer,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
Now, we're all in very good cheer,
If we had some dancin' here.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

In came the butterfly
"Hi ho," said Roly;
In came the butterfly
She swore she'd dance until she died.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

The next on the floor was Uncle Rat,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
The next on the floor was Uncle Rat,
He up and danced a jig on the mat.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

The frog jumped up with a terrible fright,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
The frog jumped up with a terrible fright,
He doffed his hat and said goodnight.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

As the frog was crossing the stream,
"Hi ho," said Roly;
As the frog was crossing the stream,
A big duck came and jabobbled him up.
With me roly poly cabbage and spinach,
And hi for Anthony Roly.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century traditional non-ballad, Frog Went A-Courting, performing rights administered by SOCAN .....####
A variant was arranged and recorded by The Fables (Tear The House Down, trk#14, 1998, First City Productions/Actual Music, St John's, NL).

See more songs by The Fables.

Recorded by Mary O'Hara (Songs Of Ireland, 1958, trk#3). Also recorded with the title, The Frog Song (A Song For Ireland ©1982, published by Michael Joseph, Ltd, London.)


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