In the US, 20 Froggies is sung to the tune of "Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird"…
Twenty froggies went to school,
Down beside the rushy pool;
Twenty little coats of green,
Twenty vests all white and clean.
"We must be on time," said they.
"First we study, then we play;
That is how we keep the rule.
When we froggies go to school."
Master froggie brave and stern,
Called the classes in their turn;
Teaches them to leap and dive,
Also how to nobly strive.
From his seat upon the log,
Told them how to say "ker-chog!"
Also how to dodge a blow
From the sticks that bad boys throw.
Twenty froggies grow up fast.
Big frogs they became at last;
Not one dunce among the lot,
Not one lesson they forgot.
Polished in high degree,
As each froggie ought to be,
Now they sit on other logs,
Teaching other little frogs.
Original version of Twenty Froggies is a poem written by Englishman, George Cooper (1820-1876).
Susan wrote: "It is the middle of the night and I thought to look on line for the lyrics for Twenty Froggies because my mom (83 years old) was reminiscing the other day how her grandmother (who did live in Minnesota when she was raising her children) would sing this song to her. This is the tune my mom used as she sang it to me: the one that is used with the song, 'If that mocking bird don't sing, mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring....' I am looking forward to seeing Mom today and furnishing her with the lyrics you shared. Thank you!"
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