The Old Frog

"The Friendly Frog", W. Heath Robinson, 1922

This little delight comes to us from the Ozarks by way of Ruth Crawford Seeger's "Animal Folk Songs for Children". It is a distant relation of "Froggy Went a Courting." A very similar song 'The Bull Frog", collected by Anne and Frank Warner in New Hampshire, still retains the "sword and pistol" reference. A more distant relative "The Frog's Courtship", is about an "old frog who lived in a well." That ditty has the whole mouse-frog love story.

Lyrics: 

There was an old frog and he lived in the spring
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh
He got so hoarse he could not sing
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh

Kee-mo ky-mo do-ro war,
Me-hi, me-lo, me rump side, pull medal,
Penny winkle, soap butt, pink horn, nip cat,
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh

I grabbed him by the leg and pulled him out,
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh
He hopped and he skipped and he bounced all about.
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh

Kee-mo ky-mo do-ro . . .

There’s cheese in the spring house nine days old,
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh
The rats and the skippers is a-getting mighty bold.
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh

Kee-mo ky-mo do-ro . . .

Big fat rat and a bucket of souse
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh
Let’s bring it on back to the big whilte house
Ching a chang a polly mitch a cow me-oh

Kee-mo ky-mo do-ro . . .

Instruments: 
Tuning: 
G standard