The Many Versions of Frog Went A Courtin’

I’ve been having a lot of fun researching the history of the popular song Frog Went A Courtin’. There are many versions. It originated in Scotland over 450 years ago. There’s also a well-known British version called A Frog He Would A-wooing Go, which I’ve written about previously.

This song has also traveled around Canada and throughout the US. Along the way, many versions have cropped up – some with different tunes and names. One is called King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O, while another is called Sing Song Kitty (Won’t You Ki-Me-O).

I think it would be interesting to collect and post different versions on Mama Lisa’s World. If you know any versions of King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O or Sing Song Kitty, or any interesting variations of Frog Went A Courtin, please comment below.

We always welcome recordings if you’d like to sing it!

Thanks!

Lisa

Picture of Frog Went A Courtin'

99 Responses to “The Many Versions of Frog Went A Courtin’”

  1. Jenean Thomas Says:

    This version or very close to it appears in the old “Sergeant York” movie about WWI’s most decorated U.S. soldier. In the movie, the mail carrier is riding a mule and singing this song. I distinctly remember the sound of the “rinktum body meachy cambell” between every line. Here’s the link where I found the lyrics.

    http://www.canacad.ac.jp:3445/25/174?view=print

    Frog Went A-Courtin’
    Kentucky Folk Song
    1. Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride.
    Rinktum body minchy cambo.
    Sword and buckler by his side.
    Rinktum body minchy cambo.

    REFRAIN: Kimaneero down to Cairo, Kimaneero Cairo.
    Shaddle-addle-adababa, ladababa linktum.
    Rinktum body minchee cambo.

    2. He rode right to Miss Mousie’s door,
    Found Miss Mousie sweepin’ the floor. REFRAIN

    3. He took Miss Mousie on his knee,
    And said “Miss Mousie will you marry me?” REFRAIN

    4. Without my Uncle Rat’s consent,
    I could not marry the president. REFRAIN

    5. Uncle Rat laughed and shook his sides,
    To think his niece would be a bride. REFRAIN

    6. Who will make the wedding gown?
    Old Miss Rat from Pumpkin Town. REFRAIN

    7. Where will the wedding supper be?
    Way down yonder in a hollow tree. REFRAIN

    8. What will the wedding supper be?
    A fried mosquito and a black-eyed pea. REFRAIN

    9. First to come was a bumblebee,
    He set his fiddle on his knee. REFRAIN

    10. Next to come was a doodle bug,
    Carrying a water jug. REFRAIN

    11. Next to come was a flying moth,
    She laid out the table cloth. REFRAIN

    12. Next to come was an itty-bitty flea
    To dance a jig for the bumblebee. REFRAIN

    13. Next to come was a big old cow,
    She wanted to dance but she didn’t know how. REFRAIN

    14. Next to come was a big black snake;
    He ate up all the wedding cake. REFRAIN

    15. Last to come was an old gray cat;
    She swallowed up the mouse and ate up the rat. REFRAIN

    16. Mr. Frog went hopping over the brook;
    A duck came along and swallowed him up. REFRAIN

    17. Now is the end of him and her;
    Guess there won’t be no tadpoles covered with fur! REFRAIN

    18. Little piece of cornbread lying on the shelf,
    If you want any more you can sing it yourself. REFRAIN

  2. Hallie Says:

    Goodness, I’ve been singing this little ditty, from the movie, Sargent York, for years. I don’t know why it just stuck in my head. I never knew what the guy on the mule was saying. The only words I could make out were “…..Miss Mousie won’t you marry me.” and I thought I might have made that up!

    So I want to thank you for solving this decade old mystery for me. Now I can happily sing the tune with correct words.
    Rinktum body minchy cambo.

    – Hallie

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  4. Linda A. Grant Says:

    One version I heard (back in 1946!) was sung by one of my fourth-grade classsmates, who was from somewhere in the Ozarks. Her version was something like this:

    Frog went a-courtin’ and he did ride,
    Folderol de rinktum kinebo.
    Sword and pistol by his side,
    Folderol de rinktum kinebo.
    Keel, keel, Captain Kale,
    Folderol de rinktum kinebo.

    The rest of the verses were like the first one you cite, except for the wedding supper verse:

    What will the wedding supper be?
    Folderol de rinktum kinebo.
    One stringbean and a black-eyed pea,
    Folderol de rinktum kinebo.

    Keel, keel, Captain Kale,
    Folderol de rinktum kinebo.

    Since “kinebo” isn’t far removed from “ki-me-o,” I suspect a connection there.

    I’ve heard many versions of the song, usually either the Seeger “Uh-huh,” or the old Celtic “Roly poly, gammon and spinach” refrain, but I believe the “Folderol de rinktum kinebo” and the “Keel, keel, Captain Kale” bits are unique. Incidentally, this version is the only one I ever heard in which the first line of each verse was never repeated.

  5. cathy bowyer Says:

    hi lisa, I am looking for the words to an old children’s song, that went something like this….. there was a frog lived in the well sing a song kitty can’t you ki me o. me high me ho me in come sally sanger same time penny winker in step musrate bigger than a big cat sing a song kitty cant you ki me o.

    also another children song i am looking for goes something like this, i had a pretty little kitty a pretty little kitty kat, i dressed him up in cowboy boots and a great big cowboy hat i sent him off a strolling on one summer day farmer brown’s old dog chased my kitty away.

    If you know know the words to either song I would love to get them from you.

  6. gloria Says:

    thanks for that. my son is learning this song in 2nd grade and even though I am a Kentucky native had never heard of it. We are grateful for the lyrics. We searched you tube but found nothing with the same lyrics they are giving him. These are great and accurate. Now if I can learn them, we will be doing great!

  7. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for writing! We put a lot of work into the site and love to hear when we’re helpful! -Mama Lisa

  8. Uncle Ruemus Says:

    I’m nearly 70 years old. My mother sang this to me while I was
    in her lap….in the rocking chair…..probably one of the first
    songs I heard. I’m a musician and have heard lots of versions.
    The primary difference in all seems to be the many versions
    of nonsense rhymes to finish off the verses.

    True folk song tradition.
    Unc

  9. Lisa Says:

    Hi Uncle Reumus,

    I totally agree with you… it’s neat to see the different versions.

    If you’d ever like to sing this song for us, we’d love to post a recording!

    Cheers!

    Mama Lisa

  10. Teresa & Sofia Says:

    From Sofia and Teresa in San Diego, California. Here’s the version we were raised with and taught by Grandma June. (Teresa’s mom, Sofia’s Grandma.) Grandma June learned it in school in the 1940’s or early 1950’s…in Michigan? in Ohio? Kansas?…she’s not sure where she lived at the time since they moved a lot. We hope you like it! :)

    Frog went a courtin and he did ride, um-hum, um-hum
    Frog went a courtin and he did ride
    Sword and pistol by his side, um-hum, um-hum

    He rode ’til he came to Mouse’s hall, um-hum, um-hum
    He rode ’til he came to Mouse’s hall
    He gave a knock and he gave a call, um-hum, um-hum

    He said “Miss Mouse, are you within?”, um-hum, um-hum
    He said “Miss Mouse, are you within?”
    “Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin,” um-hum, um-hum

    He took Miss Mouse upon his knee, um-hum, um-hum
    He took Miss Mouse upon his knee
    Said “Miss Mouse, will you marry me?”, um-hum, um-hum

    “Oh, not without Uncle Rat’s consent”, um-hum, um-hum
    “Oh, not without Uncle Rat’s consent,
    Would I marry the president”, um-hum, um-hum

    Uncle Rat laughed ’til he shook his sides, um-hum, um-hum
    Uncle Rat laughed ’til he shook his sides
    To think his neice to be a bride, um-hum, um-hum

    Oh, where will the wedding supper be? um-hum, um-hum
    Oh, where will the wedding supper be?
    Yonder by that old oak tree, um-hum,um-hum

    The first to come was a little moth, um-hum,um-hum
    The first to come was a little moth
    To spread and lay the table cloth, um-hum,um-hum

    The next to come was a bumble bee, um-hum, um-hum
    The next to come was a bumble bee
    Bow and fiddle on his knee, um-hum, um-hum

    The last to come was an old tom cat, um-hum, um-hum
    The last to come was an old tom cat
    He ate Miss Mouse and Uncle Rat, um-hum, um-hum

    The frog he jumped into the lake, um-hum, um-hum
    The frog he jumped into the lake
    Was swallowed by a big black snake, um-hum, um-hum

    So here is the end of 1,2,3, um-hum, um-hum
    So here is the end of 1,2,3
    Frog and mouse and bumble bee, um-hum, um-hum
    Um-hummmmmmmmm….

  11. Lee Millay Says:

    My grandfather, born in Georgia in 1880, used to sing the song to my mother and later, to me – he only sang the chorus, but this is his version:

    “Ohhhh, tarinktum poppadiddle nip-cat pennywinkle, jump-back, sing-song kitty, can’t you carry me away? Away down yonder where the old folks stay, sing-song kitty, can’t you carry me away? OHHHHHH . . . ”

    I’ve taught this to several very young children over the years, and all of them delighted in the song, just as I did, and my mother before me.

    Any comments or further information would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Lee Millay

  12. Lisa Says:

    Hi Lee – We’d love to hear your grandfather’s version (it’s so great!). If you’d ever like to sing it for us, we’d be thrilled! Cheers! Mama Lisa

  13. Sarah H Says:

    Hi Everyone..
    My Grandpa who just recently passed away taught me and my cousins a different version too. We would sing it all the time.

    There once was a frog who lived in a well
    sing song kitty wont you ki me oh
    he was so fat that he could not swim
    sing song kitty wont you ki me oh

    mi keeny oh mi kinny oh mi keeny oh me where
    mi hi mi hoe mi
    in comes sally singin
    sometimes penny-winkle
    in steps muskrat bigger than a big cat
    sing song kitty wont you ki me ohh

    Thats the version i learned as a kid and am now teaching my 4 year old the words. Gotta pass on my Grandpas version since i have yet to see it on any site ive looked at.

  14. Lisa Says:

    That’s cool Sarah! If you’d ever like to sing it for us, we be happy to add this to our song pages with your recording! Perhaps your cousins would like to sing it with you! :)

  15. Melissa Says:

    I have been trying to find the words to the version that I learned way back in kindergarten (1978). I may not be spelling everything correctly, but the version that I learned went something like this:

    There was a frog who was so fat
    Sing Song Kitty Ketchie Ki Me O
    He was so fat he could not swim
    Sing Song Kitty Ketchie Ki Me O

    Ma kee me o
    Ma ki me o
    My deary o
    My wear
    Me hi Me ho
    Me in come sally single
    Sometimes penny winkle
    Sing Sing Kitty Ketchie Ki Me O

    If anyone is familiar with my version, I would love to know all of the lyrics! I am not sure if I have them all in there. :o)

  16. Jaime Says:

    This song is the basis of “El Renacuajo Paseador” (The Traveling Tadpole), a nursery rhyme very popular in the country of Colombia. This adaptation to Spanish was written by Rafael Pombo when he worked at D. Appleton & Company in New York.

    A musical version of Pombo’s work won the Latin Grammy for the Best Latin Children’s Album. You can listen to “El Renacuajo Paseador” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHrifg4HalY.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Pombo
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Renacuajo_paseador
    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pombo_musical (in Spanish)

  17. susan Says:

    can’t believe I found this! it’s been an ear worm since I was a kid, and only recently heard that it was part of the “frog went a courtin”-here’s how I remember the refrain:
    ke mio ma ki mio my deario my where
    ma ki ma ko my income sally single
    sometimes penny wingle
    instep nip cat
    hit ‘em with a brickbat
    sing song kitty catch a ki mio

  18. Judy Sandelands Says:

    My father (from Brunswick Maine area) used to sing this song to us kids

    There was a frog who could not sing,
    Sing song kitty won’t you ki-me-o.
    He had such a cold that he could not sing,
    Sing song kitty won’t you ki-me-o.
    Ke-mo ki-mo patta mick a murphy
    Dinny o’ Flanagan, a rock-a-doyle.
    Ruma jigga humstrum, hit-em on the hat-band
    Swatnize Ebenezer, rans-a-low.

  19. R. kelly Says:

    My father used to sing a song back in the 1950’s that went something like:
    Say-ro, Kay-ro, poppa doodle yellow bug,
    Ring tom body won’t you combo”
    or at least that’s what I remember. He was born and raised in the Ozarks and we have no idea of the origin, or even if the words are correct. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  20. Warwick Says:

    Susan comes closest to the song i remember from primary school that went (More or less):

    Ma hee ma hi, ma
    In comes Sally Sinkel
    Sometimes penny winkel
    Instep nip cat
    Hit ‘im with a brickbat
    Sing song kitty cats a kee mee o

  21. D Cherry Says:

    I believe the song you are discussing here is the same song my father taught me years ago. He called it The Bumble Bee. I’m not sure of spelling of some of these words as I wonder if some may be german, as my grandparents were german speaking swiss who had immigrated from Switzerland to the USA. I will put them here as they sound. My grandmother taught my father many old songs that he in turn taught me, lyrics and tunes. I know the tune, but can’t type it, but here are the words:

    ‘THE BUMBLE BEE’
    Oh the first come in was a bumble bee,
    Tum-a rig Tum-a bonnie minnie kimo.
    To tune his fiddle on his knee,
    Tum-a rig Tum-a bonnie minnie kimo.

    Hime-a neiro captain keiro,
    Hime-a neiro kimo
    Tum an instam pomma nickle lam
    Tum-a rig Tum-a rig, Tum-a bonnie minnie kimo.

    Oh, the next come in was a nimble flea,
    Tum-a rig Tum-a bonnie minnie kimo.
    To dance a jig with the bumble bee,
    Tum-a rig Tum-a bonnie minnie kimo.

    Hime-a neiro captain keiro,
    Hime-a neiro kimo
    Tum an instam pomma nickle lam
    Tum-a rig Tum-a rig, Tum-a bonnie minnie kimo.

  22. Emerson Says:

    Ok. Everyone listen up. Your songs don’t make any sense. This is the way I remember it, so it must be correct. :).

    There was a frog lived in a pool.
    Sing song kitty cat won’t ya ki me-oo

    He lived there just like a fool.
    Sing song kitty cat won’t ya ki me-oo

    Day ro dime a key ro kime
    subble bubble sip sope
    Tip tap, tip tope
    Sing song kitty cat won’t ya ki me-oo

    Now that makes sense!

  23. Emerson Says:

    Here’s an Emerson original:
    There was a dog who lived on a farm
    What’s up?
    I don’t know
    Ruff ruff, kitty cat bam bam
    Scratch scratch ding dong ding dong
    Bam boosh bosh

  24. Dave Philips Says:

    My father had a chorus for “The Frog He Would A-wooing ride” that I have never seen or heard anywhere else. He lived in Arkansas City, Kansas, and his father came originally from Harrison County, Ohio. Here are the words:

    Kimo kimo, lum dum kimo
    Kimo kimo Cairo (prn “Kay-ro)
    Strim stram pommadiddle
    Lolly bolly rigdum,
    Rigdum yula met a kimo.

  25. Lisa Says:

    That’s cool Dave!

  26. James D. Miller Says:

    My grandmother (we called her ma) used to sing this song to us as far back 1939. I don’t Know why it popped in my today, but I am glad I found it on your blog. Old songs really need to be preserved. Thank You.

  27. Mark Slsughter Says:

    At our family reunions from the late 1930s this was a standard.

    As I saw passing by the lake,
    My boat got swallowed by a snake.
    tub a rink tum body won’t you kime-e-o
    Kime an errol guilt a farro
    Kime, kime, old tubby shim sham
    Bammy to the bally boat
    Tub-a-rink tum body won’t you kime-e-o!

  28. Patti Says:

    I was singing this song this afternoon. The way we sang it back home had nothing to do with a frog. It went like this:

    “Makeemeo makimeo madeario me way
    In stepped muskart
    Hit him with a brickback
    Sing song kitty can’t ya kimeo?”

    It seems to be a chorus to some song I’m not sure I ever knew. A lady who was from TX kept us when we were little, so the SW influence could have crept in from there.

  29. angi Says:

    My Dad keeps singing the Froggy song and his Chorus
    goes:
    NeMee Nimo rat trap pennywinkle ladder bugger won’t you carry me home.
    Does this sound familiar?
    Its driving me nuts!

  30. Mary Person Says:

    My sister taught me this song when we were small. I did not know it was
    part of Froggy Went A’Courtin
    The part I remember is
    Meow, Me-o, Me
    In comes Sally Single,
    Sometimes Penny Winkle,
    In steps Nip Cat.
    Hit him with a brick bat,
    Sing song Kitty Cat,
    Muh-ki-me-o.

  31. Elaine H. Says:

    My version:
    There was a frog and he could not swim.
    Sing song kitty catch me ki mayo
    He was so fat that he could not swim
    Sing song kitty catch me ki mayo
    Madeario, makymeo, Madeario, mewhere
    me hi
    me ho
    me in come sally single, sometimes pennywinkle
    instep muskrat bigger than a tom cat
    sing song kitty catch me ki mayo.

  32. Tina Pedersen Says:

    My mom sang me this version of the song when I was child,

    There once was a frog and he lived in a spring,
    Sing a song of Polly kitcha ki me oh
    Had such a cold that he could not sing,
    Sing a song of Polly kitcha ki me oh
    Kemo kimo Dairyo ma haym ma hiym mahome
    a rumskiddy, bumskiddy, tiddy nip a nip cat
    Sing a song of Polly kitcha ki me oh

  33. David Richter Says:

    @ Tina Pedersen

    Yours is the closest to my grandfather’s (Charles Burchfield, American artist) version, the chorus of which was recited with a giddy accelerando:

    There once was a frog who lived in a spring
    Sing-song kitchy-katchy ki-me-o
    Who caught such a cold that he couldn’t sing
    Sing-song kitchy-katchy ki-me-o

    Kimo, karo, daro, ah,
    Mehi, miho, merummediddy, pummediddy,
    sad-bop pollywaddle, timmelinktum,
    nip-cat, nip-cot
    Sing-song kitchy-katchy kimeo.

  34. Lisa Says:

    @ David Richter – would you like to sing your grandfather’s version for us? I love the sounds!

    Anyone who would like to sing their version – we’d love to post it.

    Mama Lisa

  35. Dan Says:

    I remember my older brother singing this song with the repeated chorus being:
    kimbo karo haro jaro pennywinkle flamdoodle rigtime charlie won’t you combo.

  36. Carol Says:

    The version I learned in school grade school in the late 70’s in NJ was:

    There was a frog lived in the spring
    Sing song kitty catch a kymeo
    He was so fat he could not swim
    Sing song kitty catch a kymeo

    Oh kemeo oh kyemeo O kemeo a where
    Me hi me ho Me some time pennywinkle
    In step nip back him with a brick bat
    Sing song kitty catch a kymeo

  37. Debi Says:

    This is funny, I was researching songs to put in a scrapbook to share with my 9 grandchildren, something that could be passed down of family pictures and songs that their grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and I have grown up with when I came across these different versions of a song my sister taught me 50 years ago and that our grandmother taught her as a young child. My sisters version is different and is the one I taught my children and they have taught their children

    Frog went a courtin’ he did ride.
    Rinktum bottom minchy cambo.
    Come a niero down the Kiro
    Come a niero Kiro
    Shaddle-addle-adababa, ladababa rinktum.
    Rinktum bottom minchee cambo.

  38. Tammy S. Schneider Says:

    My grandma taught us what I think is part of. the song above, it goes like this:

    Makemio makimeo madearie oh ma where
    Ma hi ma ho ma instep sally/selly sinkle
    Bigger than a penny winkle
    Instep muscrat bigger than a bearcat
    Sing a song
    kita kitcha kimeo

    All of the grand kids who payed attention only learned this part of the song. thank you for helping me to make a connection to some veey special memories. I have passed on the song to my girls and wiil be having the last two lines along with two or three small. Easter lillies tatooed on my ankle to help keep those memories alive.

  39. Kat Says:

    Watch the movie “Sargent York” with Gary Cooper and you can hear a version of b song within first ten minutes.

  40. Carmen Says:

    My dad taught me this version. I only know two verses
    Mr. Froggy swam the lake
    Rigdum potum and a kimo
    And there was swallowed by a snake
    Rigdum potum and a kimo

    Kimo, Caro, Delto Daro
    Kimo Caro Delto
    Rigdum Potum and a had em an a rigdum
    Rigdum Potum and a Kimo.

    Mrs. Froggy dressed in bottleneck green
    Rigdum Pottum and a Kimo
    Said she’d never get married again
    Rigdum Potum and a Kimo

    Chorus again

  41. Ruth Says:

    My older sister taught me this when I was little. I know there is more to it and plus I probably don’t have some of the wording right, but it’s what it sounded like to me at the time:
    Me-he, Me-ho,
    in comes Sally Single, sometimes Pennywinkle,
    in step muskrat bigger than a tomcat.
    Sing Song Kitty Ketcha-Ki-Me-O.

  42. Patti Says:

    ‘Froggie Went A Courtin’ & ‘Sing Song Kitty Can’t Ya Kimeo’ are 2 different songs to me. ‘Froggie’ has many verses, & some were published because I can recall reading a book with all the lyrics & illustrations. ‘Sing Song’ was sung by my next older sister & had just what sounds like a chorus & could have been part of the ‘Froggie’ song…I don’t know…but it wasn’t sung that way @ my house. It went, ‘In stepped muskrat, hit ‘im with a brickbat, sing song kitty can’t ya kimeo. Ma keemeo ma kimeo my deario me way…’ repeat. I don’t think about it every day but it never truly goes away either.

  43. Joni Says:

    I learned this fun song in elementary music class! I’ve been teaching it to my kids so that the tradition will continue. When we were kids we would have contests to see who could sing it the fastest without twisting their tongues. This is how we learned it:

    There was a frog lived in the spring,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh,
    He was so fat he could not swim,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh,

    Kim-me-oh Ma-ki-me-oh Ma-kim-me-oh Ma-where?
    Me-hi, Me-ho, Me-income Sally Single
    Sometimes Pennywinkle, In-step Nip-cat
    Hit ‘em With a Brickbat
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh.

    One day he thought he’s swim in the lake,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh,
    He got ate up by a big black snake,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh,

    Kim-me-oh Ma-ki-me-oh Ma-kim-me-oh Ma-where?
    Me-hi, Me-ho, Me-income Sally Single
    Sometimes Pennywinkle, In-step Nip-cat
    Hit ‘em With a Brickbat
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh.

  44. Evelyn W. Says:

    My Dad used to sing this variation…

    There was a frog lived in the spring
    Sing song penny won’t ya Kay me o
    The only song that he would sing
    Sing song penny won’t ya Kay me o
    Kee mo ky mo, dar o war
    Ma he, ma hi, ma ho, ma humpledoodle
    Sing song penny won’t ya lick a tom nit cat
    Sing song penny won’t ya Kay me o

  45. Sandhya Says:

    My father use to sing to me something similar but I don’t remember anything about a frog???

    The lyrics I can remember go:

    There was a girl that I once knew
    Rinktom body mitcha cambo
    Had one eye green and one eye blue
    Rinktum body mitcha cambo

    REFRAIN: Kimaneero down to Cairo, Kimaneero Cairo.
    Shaddle-addle-adababa, ladababa linktum.
    Rinktum body minchee cambo.

    Anybody know anything about that version? I would love to know my father has passed and I now have my own child and would be interested to sing it but can’t find any lyrics to it. I’d love to know if he was just making up words or what.

  46. Sandhya Says:

    Anybody see this? My husband remembered this as a kid when I told him about the song I was looking for;). Pretty funny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGC9mNwTwQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  47. Lisa Says:

    I found this version which has the “Rinktom body mitcha cambo” line:

    What will the wedding supper be?
    rintum body mitchy cambo
    Fried mosquito and a roasted flea..
    ringtum body mitchy cambo

    Kemo dearo down to cairo,
    kemo dearo cairo
    Straddle-addle-addle boba laddle boba lingtum
    ringtum body mitchy cambo

    (Found on Mudcat)

  48. Lareena Goertz Says:

    My dad sang it like Joni’s but slightly different:

    There was a frog lived in the spring,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh,
    He was so fat he could not swim,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh,

    Me-Kim-me-oh; Ma-ki-me-oh; Ma-dear-i-oh; Ma-where?
    Me-hi, Me-ho, Me-in come Sally Single
    Sometimes Pennywinkle,
    Sing-song Kitty Can’t-cha Ki-Me-oh.

    (Didn’t have the line: In-step Nip-cat
    Hit ‘em With a Brickbat, when my Dad sang it).

  49. Max Hinkley Says:

    Joni posted the version I am familiar with. This was on a children’s record that I had back in the mid-60’s. I went looking for lyrics, and found this site, as well as a few others. I’ve never seen the words written before, but Joni’s are definitely the same as I remember.

  50. Max Hinkley Says:

    I also found this video. It’s a variant on the tune I remember. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zvg6ud5nS0#t=94

  51. Lisa Says:

    I like that tune Max!

  52. Julia Says:

    My mother used to sing this:
    There was a frog lived in the spring
    sing song kitchy kitchy kime-o
    He was so fat that he couldnot swim
    sing son kitchy kitchy kime-o
    M’kemeo m’ kimeo m’dario m’ware
    me hi
    me ho
    me in step muskrat, bigger than a big cat
    sing song kitchy kitchy kime-o

    M’ is pronounced quickly like muh-keeme-o All long vowels in kime=o)

  53. Katie Says:

    My dad always sang

    Kemo Kimo Dooro falls
    in come sallycicle
    some times peniwickle
    liptom nitkat sing song kitty cat
    the cow me oh

    what I say? What I say? I said…
    and then it would repeat to the next person.

  54. Nick Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=723CM6XKeEY at 7:09 a version of this song is sung on the kids sing along movie Wee Sing Train

    There was a frog lived in a spring, sing song kinakatcha kimeo He could dance and he could sing singsong kinaketcha kimeo. Kemo Kimo dero dime hey ho sublbulb sipso perysinkle sopka penywick nicka kinaketcha kimeo. What you gonna do when the rain don’t fall sing song kinaketcha kimeo, crops grow small instead of tall sing song kinaketcha kimeo

  55. Gary Goheen Says:

    Frog went swimming across the lake
    Sing sing kitty catch a kie me oh
    He got swallowed by a big fat snake
    In come Sally Single
    Sometimes Pennywinkle
    In step nip cat
    Hit him with a brick bat
    Sing song Kitty catch a kie me oh.

  56. steve e. Says:

    The song “whiskey in A jar” is A Scots Irish ballad and has many of the types of verse endings i.e. dah-day-yo such as “not for my dah-day-yo” great tune that can be found on youtube. 260 years old tune that was done very well by Metalica of all bands. also Hank Williams uses some of the same technique on “down on the bayou” me ,my meshelle and me-o. lots of Scots Irish influence . my grandfather who was of full Scottish heritage play A tune called Hum-jay . they were here in the Ozarks since 1821

  57. Molly H. Says:

    This is the first three verses of the version my mother taught me while growing up in Texas. She said her grandfather sang it to her as a child. I know there were several more verses. My Momma passed away in 1991 so I can’t ask her what they were. These are the only three her sisters could remember.

    Thank you Lisa… and everyone who commented. This was so fun to read and brought back so many sweet memories of my childhood!

    “First come in was a little tick
    Sing some kitty won’t you come ee oh
    He ate so much it made him sick
    Sing some kitty won’t you come ee oh

    (Chorus)
    Caro caro delta way
    Hominy hominy rick stick up on my knee
    Nick cow penny twinkle
    Sing some kitty, won’t you come ee oh

    Next come in was doctor fly
    Sing some kitty won’t you come ee oh
    He swore by George that tick would die
    Sing some kitty won’t you come ee oh

    (Repeat chorus)

    Third come in was an ol’ grey hiss
    Sing some kitty won’t you come ee oh
    He swore by George that he’d be boss
    Sing some kitty won’t you come ee oh

    (Repeat chorus)”

  58. Rick C Says:

    My grandpa was Born to be in 1898. He used to walk around the house singing something like this: Rinktum (or ringtum), my dinktum, my dah-day-oh. Does anyone know the lyrics to the whole song??

  59. Lisa Says:

    “Rinktum Dinktum” can be found in the chorus of two songs:

    Devilish Mary (Chorus):

    Rinktum-dinktum-tarry,
    Prettiest little girl in all this world,
    Her name was Devilish Mary.

    The Ballad of the Tea Party (Chorus):

    With a rink-tum, dink-tum,
    Fa la link-tum…

    Could there be a connection to one of those songs? Or was your grandpa singing another version of The Frog Went a courtin’?

  60. A. Angus Says:

    [quote]…Patti….Froggie Went A Courtin’ & ‘Sing Song Kitty Can’t Ya Kimeo’ are 2 different songs to me. ‘Froggie’ has many verses, & some were published because I can recall reading a book with all the lyrics & illustrations. ‘Sing Song’ was sung by my next older sister & had just what sounds like a chorus & could have been part of the ‘Froggie’ song…I don’t know…but it wasn’t sung that way @ my house….snipped….[/quote]I agree with the above post, 2 different songs. I grew up with “Froggie Went a Courtin'” and I have never heard of “Sing Song Kitty Can’t…….” It’s hard to make them fit into the same tune, for me…..lol

  61. Jessica Says:

    My great grandfather (mothers grandfather) used to sing a song to her when she was younger. He was from the Uniontown Pennsylvania area. I was taught the song when I was young and never forgot it. I have always wanted to know the origins. I will write it below as we have pronounced it.

    Hey comma rap tap
    Penny winkle flomdoodle
    Yella dumma ring dang
    Bonny mitcha kango.

    When he was passing, she asked what it meant and he told her to go home and go to bed. That led me to believe it was some sort of nursery rhythm. If anyone had anymore information, please feel free to email me. I would love more information.

  62. Danissa Says:

    a frog went a courtin and he did ride mm-hm mm-hm
    a frog went a courtin and he did ride mm-hm mm-hm
    a frog went a courtin and he did ride, sword and pistol by his side mm-hm mm-hm mm-hm
    he rode up to miss mousie’s house mm-hm mm-hm
    he rode up to miss mousie’s house mm-hm mm-hm
    he rode up to miss mousie’s house, (can’t remember) mm-hm mm-hm mm-hm
    he took miss mousie on his knee mm-hm mm-hm
    he took miss mousie on his knee mm-hm mm-hm
    he took miss mousie on his knee, said miss mousie will you marry me mm-hm mm-hm mm-hm
    miss mousie sighed and hung her head mm-hm mm-hm
    miss mousie sighed and hung her head mm-hm mm-hm
    miss mousie sighed and hung her head, said first I must ask uncle rat mm-hm mm-hm mm-hm
    well uncle rat he came to town mm-hm mm-hm
    well uncle rat he came to town mm-hm mm-hm
    well uncle rat he came to town and brought with him a wedding gown mm-hm mm-hm mm-hm

    I know there is more but I’ve been looking all over for this version and cannot find it anywhere.

  63. Lisa Says:

    “I happened to come across your information on the variations of ‘Froggie went a courting’.
    I have attached a version that I have sang with youth groups.” -Bruce F.S.

    The Frog and The Mouse

    Froggie went a courtin and he did ride,
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo
    Sword and pistol by his side,
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.

    Chorus:
    Ki ma nero down to kiro
    Ki ma nero kiro
    Straddle laddle laddle bobble
    Laddle bobble link tum
    Rink tum bawdi mitchi i kombo.

    He rode up to Miss Mousie’s door.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo
    He gave a loud knock and he gave a loud snore.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    Chorus

    He took Miss Mousie upon his knee.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    He said, ”Miss Mousie , will you marry me?”
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    Chorus

    Where oh where will the wedding supper be?
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    Way down yonder in a hollow tree.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo
    Chorus

    What will the wedding supper be?
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    A fried mosquito and a roasted flea.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo
    Chorus

    First came in was a little seed tick.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    Hopping ‘round his walking stick.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    Chorus

    Next came in was a busy bug.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo
    Dancing around on his little brown rug.
    Rink tum bawdi mitch i kombo.
    Chorus

    Etc. etc. etc., many other verses.

  64. Steve B Says:

    I was brought up in Sunderland in the north east of England. Believe it or not I was taught this at school aged about 12, 50 years ago. I can only remember the refrain (sung in distinct north east accents!)
    Ke mo Ki mo dare o wah
    With a ki mo ke mo
    In come Sally singin’
    Some time periwinkle
    Ling tum nip cat
    King Kong kitty can’t you ki me
    Oh my – happy memories

  65. Lisa Says:

    Nice Steve! Would you like to sing it for us! :)

  66. Ray Faiola Says:

    The fellow who sings “Frog” in SERGEANT YORK is Lee “Lasses” White. Lasses was a very famous minstrel from the early part of the century and his later years became popular in western pictures.
    Here is an acetate recording of Lasses singing “Frog” in SERGEANT YORK.

    http://www.chelsearialtostudios.com/lasses_frog.mp3

  67. Kelly Says:

    Hi
    I was teaching this song to my son and was looking for the other verses only to find that I stumbled upon a complicated depth of knowledge regarding this song…. so I’ll add my two cents…

    When I was a child in the late 1970’s-early 1980’s, we had a recording of Brittish children’s songs. This version was on it, and as well, the same version was taught all throughout my grade school years in music class. I am from Bucks County, Pennsylvania along the Delaware River, just North of Philadelphia (lots of colonial English/Quaker families still populate the area). My version has only the first verse but it goes like this:

    Frog went a courtin’ and he did ride
    Ring a ling a ling a lario
    Sword and pistol by his side
    Ring a ling a ling a lario

    Ring a ling a ling a lario
    Way down yonder by the hollow tree
    The owl and the bat and the bumblebee
    Ring a ling a ling a lario

  68. Tony Says:

    When we were younger and would go on long trips in the car (late 60’s and early 70’s) My mother would sing a song to entertain us and keep us quiet, with similiar lyrics to some of the lyrics I see above, but the song in whole with a totally different twist. She was born and raised in Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains. It went something like this;

    What do you reckon made the old sow’s head?
    Ladder bone a rinktum kinebo,
    Made the best oven that ever baked bread;
    Ladder bone a rinktum kinebo,

    Chorus:
    Kinebo neiro captain Mckerrow,
    Bob anishi kinebo,
    Semineca Bobineca,
    Ladder bone a rinktum,
    Ladder bone a rinktum Kinebo.

    What do you reckon made the old sow’s tail?
    Ladder bone a rinktum kinebo,
    Made the best hammer that ever hit a nail,
    Ladder bone a rinktum kinebo,

    (Repeat Chorus)

    What do you reckon made the old sow’s ear?
    Ladder bone a rinktum Kinebo,
    Made the best bugle you ever did hear,
    Ladder bone a rinktum kinebo,

    (Repeat Chorus)

    and it would go on naming and rhyming the different parts of the old sow’s body…

  69. Sarah T Says:

    This is the version my aunt sang to me. We’re from Washington state:

    There once was a frog who had such a cold,kitchie kitchie ki mi o. He had such a cold that he could not sing, kitchie kitchie ki mi o. Me hay me hoe me rum straw parmadidel nip sack cat bag hairydridle sing a song kitchie kitchie ki mi o!

  70. Rachel Says:

    My grandpa sang a song similar to these. Here are the lyrics (spelling like it sounds)
    Bone eye rictum a summa ticka rumma ticka bone eye ricktum a kine bo
    Kymenaro simitoke Caro hymenaro kine Bo.
    There was a little frog lived in a mill pond bone eye ricktum a kine Bo.
    There was a little snake asked for a piece of cake bone eye ricktum a kine Bo.

    I have a video of him singing it but can’t find how to load it here.
    It sounds like some of the lyrics to frog went a courtin, but not exactly. Has anyone else heard this version?

  71. Lisa Says:

    That’s great Rachel! If you’d like to send me the video, I can add it to our YouTube channel and post it here. Cheers! Mama Lisa

  72. bud jaco Says:

    Turned it into a drinking game in college (not my most mature years)

    kee-mo kimo flare o flea, net rat trap, pop a doodle wildcat, gingerbread bulldog, hit’m with a brick bat, sing song kitty, wont you ki me oooooooh!

  73. Taryn Says:

    Our north Louisiana family version is different than many of these. I thought I’d share it.

    Old lady mouse won’t you let me in um hum
    Old lady mouse won’t you let me in um hummum
    Old lady mouse won’t you let me in just to watch you card and spin…
    Kamo, Kamo neiro telltoe Karo
    Rangstrang fammaditty laddie bum
    Mixtum bottameedy kamo

    There were other verses but I can’t remember them and all my older family who might have known them have passed on.

    I also remember one that went somethin like….

    Old lady mouse whatcha doin up there um hum
    Old lady mouse whatcha doin up there um hummum
    Old lady mouse whatcha doin up there sittin on that bald man’s head pickin out hair…

    Kamo….

    If you know one like this, please share it.

  74. Marsha McC. Says:

    They played this on the radio in Chico, CA in 1935 or 36, according to my dad. He doesn’t remember who sang it. As best as my 95 yr old dad can remember it was called: Two little frogs fell in a well”:

    Two little frogs fell in a well
    With a sing song killy with a ki- me -oh
    One little frog gave up to drown
    With a sing song killy with a ki-me-oh
    The other little frog kept swimmin’around:
    With a sing song killy with a ki- me-oh
    ….There were lots of other verses, but he can’t remember them!
    He was born and went all the way through high school in Coming,CA. Has anyone heard this version??

  75. Chuck Says:

    Mr. Froggy Went A Courtin’

    [Grandpa’s Version]

    Mr. Froggy went a courtin’ and he did ride uh-huh
    Mr. Froggy went a courtin’ and he did ride
    A sword and a pistol by his side uh-huh

    He rode up to Miss Mousey’s den uh-huh
    He rode up to Miss Mousey’s den
    He said, “Miss Mouse are you within?” uh-huh

    “Oh, Mr. Frog I sit and spin” un-huh
    “Oh, Mr. Frog I sit and spin”
    “Open the hatch and, do come in!” un-huh

    He took Miss Mousey on his knee uh-huh
    He took Miss Mousy on his knee
    He said, “Miss Mouse, will you marry me?” uh-huh

    “Without my uncle Rat’s consent” uh-huh
    “Without my uncle Rat’s consent”
    “I would not marry the president” uh-huh

    So uncle Rat when he come home uh-huh
    Uncle Rat when he come home
    Said, “Who been here since I been gone?” uh-huh

    “A very fine gentleman has been here” uh-huh
    “A very fine gentleman has been here”
    “He wishes me to be his dear” uh-huh

    So uncle Rat he went to town uh-huh
    Uncle rat he went to town
    To buy his niece a wedding gown uh-huh

    Where will the wedding supper be? uh-huh
    Where will the wedding supper be?
    A way down yonder in a holler tree uh-huh

    What will the wedding supper be? uh-huh
    What will the wedding supper be?
    Two green beans and a black-eyed pea uh-huh

    They all went a sailing on the lake uh-huh
    They all went a sailing on the lake
    They all got swallered by a big black snake uh-huh

    That was the end of one, two, three uh-huh
    That was the end of one, two, three
    The frog, the rat, and Miss Mousey uh-huh

    There’s bread and cheese upon the shelf uh-huh
    There’s bread and cheese upon the shelf
    If you want any more, you can sing it yourself….

  76. Dennis Says:

    I don’t know how I heard and learned this song, but I learned it as a child in the early 40s, in California. The chorus that I recall — with recalled sounds converted to “words” by me is: Karo, Cairo; in the land of the Pharoah, Pharoah; in the land of the kinee wheenie, rattle bugger, kame would you kaimeo.

  77. Jenn Goss Says:

    There was a version of this song on a cd my son had when he was little. I always loved it. My kids are 11 years apart and my little girl now loves it when I sing to her before bed (who knows why, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket!) and whIle I was scouring my memory banks for new songs to sing to her, I remembered this one. I can’t remember all the verses, so I came looking for them…it’s only muddied the waters. LOL But I thought I’d add my version…

    The frog went a courtin and he did ride uh huh
    The frog went a courtin and he did ride uh huh
    the frog went a courtin and he did ride with a sword and a pistol by his side uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    He rode up to Miss Mousie’s den uh huh
    He rode up to Miss Mousie’s den uh huh
    He rode up to Miss Mousie’s den singin please Miss Mousie won’t you let me in uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    Why yes Sir Frog I’ll let you in uh huh
    Why yes Sir Frog I’ll let you in uh huh
    Why yes Sir Frog I’ll let you in and (can’t remember) uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    He said Miss Mousie won’t you marry me uh huh
    He said Miss Mousie won’t you marry me uh huh
    He said Miss Mousie won’t you marry me (can’t remember) uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    Why yes Sir Frog I’ll marry you uh huh
    Why yes Sir Frog I’ll marry you uh huh
    Why yes Sir Frog I’ll marry you and we’ll have children two by two uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    I’d never heard about Uncle Rat or the wedding feast before. I’m afraid I’d get in trouble if I tried singing any of those verses now, though…four-almost-five-year-olds can get pretty technical, and don’t like it when you switch things up on them. ;-)

    One more comment…we went camping recently and found a poor little frog that someone had run over in the road. My daughter got very sad and said “Guess he won’t be going courtin anymore…”

  78. William Kuck Says:

    Here is the original song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7NBD40v5sE

  79. Vernon L. Dutton Says:

    This “song” was taught to us kids by our Great Grandfather. We thought it was just nonsense fun. This is the first time I have seen similar words in a “poem” or “song”. Not sure of any of the spellings.

    Heyro Jayro Kimbo Kayro Pennie Winnie Rat Trap Mollie wont you Cumbo.
    Mahe Mahaw Marumastickle Fumdiddle.
    Songbug Pollywoug Limcom Lickcat Kimo Como Carry me Away.

    Anybody seen anything close to this?

  80. Lisa Says:

    Here’s another version:

    Lyrics:

    Oh, there once was a frog who lived by a stream.
    Sing a song ‘a paula-micha-kymio.
    Oh, he lived there because he couldn’t sing.
    Sing a song ‘a paula-micha-kymio.
    Hi-me here,
    Hi-me there.
    Hi-me ho-me,
    Rum-stick fummy-diddle,
    Soup-fat piggy-wiggle,
    Oomp-i oh

  81. Lee B Croft Says:

    In our childhood our Dad’s version of “Froggie Went a Courtin'” had the refrain: “Hiro, Haro, Karo, Jaro…High come ‘a rat strap, Periwinkle, Flamadoodle, Yellow Bug…a way down bottom in Jacaimo.” Elaborative improvisation, we understood…but magic.

  82. Kip Sturdevan Says:

    I am 69 and my Mom used to sing a nonsense verse which went:

    Cimebo (rhymes with timeo) Kimbo, Haro, Jaro, hey come a rat trap, funny make a funny bubble, la la bubble, ring jinga, bally missa Cimebo.

  83. Caby C Smith Says:

    Near as I can remember the way my dad would sing it… he was born in Mississippi in the early 30’s…

    “There was an old bullfrog, lived by the spring, had such a cold he could not sing. Sing a song killyitchy ki-me-o. Te-mo, ke-mo, hump bunk skunk. Tin-e-i, tin-e-o, tinny rang shang pumpado. Oopaskat noopaskat billy and the boop cat, sing a song killyitchy ki-me-oooo”

  84. Michael Bethel Says:

    My grandfather used to play his guitar and sing this.
    There was also a version we sang in elementary school that I don’t remember as well; his were the ones endearing to me still over 50 years later.

    Froggy went a courtin’ he did ride
    rida bomage rigged em kimo
    sword and pistol by his side
    rida bomage rigged em kimo

    *refrain*
    kimo-kao captain Neo
    kima kima kao
    rigged em rigged em I’m a gonna rig em
    rigged em rigged em I’m a gonna rig em
    bomanage kimo

    First came in was a little seed tick
    rida bomage rigged em kimo
    ate so much it made him sick
    rida bomage rigged em kimo

    *refrain*

    Next came in was a doctor fly
    rida bomage rigged em kimo
    swore by joe the tick would die
    rida bomage rigged em kimo

    *refrain*

    more verses that have faded from memory

  85. Arletta Says:

    My dad used to sing this song to me. I don’t know the full version that he used to sing, but, I do know that I saw it other places, like children’s books, when I was a young child (so, about 42-46 years ago).

    He would sing :

    Froggy went a’courtin’ and he did ride Mm hmm Mm hmm
    Froggy went a’courtin’ and he did ride Mm hmm Mm hmm
    Froggy went a’courtin’ and he did ride
    Sword and pistol by his side Mm hmm Mm hmm

    Saw Miss Mouse by the big oak tree Mm hmm Mm hmm
    Saw Miss Mouse by the big oak tree Mm hmm Mm hmm
    Saw Miss Mouse by the big oak tree
    Said, “Miss Mouse, will you marry me?” Mm hmm Mm hmm

    Then, I don’t remember what happened (by words used), but, Miss Mouse gave her consent, some bugs and such showed up and they went off to live happily ever after.

  86. Mark Says:

    So I was poking around and came across this site to my delight am now wondering if what my grandaddy Watts taught me has some relevance to all this?

    Kemo-kamo dear ol’ my.
    A he and a haw and a hum stick of bunny maker.
    Sit back dear ol’ Uncle.
    Mully catch a nipper cat.
    Kitchey-kitchey-ca-me-o!

  87. Nichole Johnson Says:

    When I was in choir in Jr High (almost 30 years ago) we sang this version:

    Froggie went a’courtin’ and he did ride, uh huh.
    Froggie went a’courtin’ and he did ride, uh huh.
    Froggie went a’courtin’ and he did ride, a sword and a pistol by his side, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    He rode up to Ms. Mousie’s door, uh huh.
    He rode up to Ms. Mousie’s door, uh huh.
    He rode up to Ms. Mousie’s door, where he had often been before, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    He took Ms. Mousie on his knee, uh huh.
    He took Ms. Mousie on his knee, uh huh.
    He took Ms. Mousie on his knee, and said, “Ms. Mousie won’t you marry me?”, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    “Without my Uncle Rat’s consent, nuh uh.
    Without my Uncle Rat’s consent, nuh uh.
    Without my Uncle Rat’s consent, I would not marry the president, (she would not marry the president!), nuh uh, nuh uh, nuh uh.”

    Then Uncle Rat laughed and shook his sides, uh huh.
    Then Uncle Rat laughed and shook his sides, uh huh.
    Then Uncle Rat laughed and shook his sides, to think his niece would be a bride, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    What will the wedding supper be, mmm mmm?
    What will the wedding supper be, mmm mmm?
    What will the wedding supper be, fried mosquito and some black-eyed peas, mmm mmm, mmm mmm, mmm mmm?

    (Slow tempo) The first to come was mister snail, uh huh.
    The first to come was mister snail, uh huh.
    The first to come was mister snail, squeezing the bagpipes with his tail, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    The next to show was mister flea, uh huh.
    The next to show was mister flea, uh huh.
    The next to show was mister flea, playing the banjo on his knee, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    The next to come was mister pig, uh huh.
    The next to come was mister pig, uh huh.
    The next to come was mister pig, and he taught them all a wedding jig, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    (Stagger tempo) The last to come was mister snake, uh oh.
    The last to come was mister snake, uh oh.
    The last to come was mister snake, and he ate up all the wedding cake, uh oh, uh oh, uh oh.

    I’ve put the songbook on the shelf, uh huh.
    I’ve put the songbook on the shelf, uh huh.
    I’ve put the songbook on the shelf, if you wanna hear more you can sing it yourself, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    I can’t find this version anywhere else.

  88. Ben Hendrickson Says:

    My Dad was from the Mountains of southeast Kentucky. He would sing the song like this:
    Froggy went a courtin and he did ride,
    With sword and buckler by his side,
    Come-a-rap-slap pennywinkle perrywinkle bottomboogum yaddieboogum Mister Kimbo.
    Rode up to Miss Mousy’s door and rapped so loud he made it roar,
    Come-a-rap-slap penyywinkle perrywinkle bottomboogum yaddieboogum Mister Kimbo.
    Well, Kimbo Kymbo gave to Pharoe,
    Pharoe flew away.
    Come-a-rap-slap pennywinkle perrywinkle bottomboogum yaddieboogum Mister Kimbo.

  89. WILLIAM G MARTINE Says:

    This is the only version I know from the Chad Everett Trio:

    Froggy went a courtin, and he did go uh huh, uh huh
    Froggy went a courtin, and he did go uh huh, uh huh
    Froggy went a courtin and he did go to the Midnight Show
    at the Coconut Grove, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    Now Molly Mouse was the Hat Check Girl, uh huh, uh huh
    Molly Mouse was the Hat Check Girl, uh huh, uh huh
    Molly Mouse was the Hat Check Girl and he thought he’d give
    this chick a whirl, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh

    Sauntered up to Molly Mouse’s side, uh huh, uh huh
    Sauntered up to Molly Mouse’s side, uh huh, uh huh
    Sauntered up to Molly Mouse’s side and he said Miss Molly
    won’t you be my bride uh huh, uh huh

    Not without my Uncle Rat’s consent, uh huh
    Not without my Uncle Rat’s consent, uh huh
    Not without my Uncle Rat’s consent I wouldn’t even marry
    the President, uh huh, uh huh uh huh

  90. Carmen Wurzbacher Says:

    ok … well i knew TWO versions of this poem! myself and my SO were talking about the songs we sang growing up and thought we would research who was “right” haha, it looks like we both were singing it correctly :D

  91. Kimberly Says:

    My mother gave me an LP (remember those, haha) when I was in elementary school around 1979-1980. I took it to show & tell and remember there were two women on the album cover, could have been sisters. I have not been able to find the album and don’t remember their names or the name of the album, but remember they sang ‘Mr Frog Went a Courtin’ including other Children’s songs. Gosh, I sure would love to find this album to share with my nieces. Thanks for any help!

  92. Lisa Says:

    Hi Kimberly – Do you remember any of the other songs on the LP? That might help with the search. -Mama Lisa

  93. Tamara Says:

    I love all these versions, especially when the area of the country is mentioned. My mom sang one that was passed down through her family. She was a Scots Irish Ferguson on one side and an English Whitworth on the other, so not quite sure which way her version came. I’ll note the first verse and chorus only. (Whole words in chorus are quarter notes, hyphenated are eighth notes):

    Froggy went a’courtin and he did ride,
    Ring tum bo-dy mit-chi kei mo,
    Sword and a pistol by his side,
    Ring tum bo-dy mit-chi kei mo,
    Kee mo, kei mo, Captain Kayro.
    *Bom =in ish-i kei ro,
    Sim-in-ic-a, bom-in-ic-a, lab tim-a rick tum keimo,
    Lab tim-a rick tum kei mo!

    * synchopated line, = is a 16th note

  94. Lisa Says:

    That’s great! Would you (or anyone else here) like to sing it for us? We love these different versions! xo Mama Lisa

  95. Todd Sturgell Says:

    So interesting! My mother-law (Central Texas) sang “Froggy went a courtin” similar to some, but different than most:

    Froggy went a courtin’ and he did ride
    Come-a rigga-jigga bye-gee won’t cha’ kaim-bo
    Sword and six-shooter by his side
    come-a rigga-jigga bye-gee won’t cha’ kaim-bo

    Hay-ro Jay-ro hime-bo kaimbo, went to the mousetrap
    penny-wiggy-piggy like-a half-a doodle bug,
    coma-a rigga-jigga bye-gee won’t cha’ kaim’bo!

    Anytime she heard the “uh-huhh” version she said that was for the “unimaginative”.

    Froggy ends up swallowed by a big black snake, by the way.

  96. Brenda Says:

    My mom Lily, born in Wichita KS in 1930, sang it as a round (like row, row the boat). Her family was Scots-Irish.

    Ki Mo Carry-o Captain Nemo
    Nero, Niro, Canary.
    Sim, Sam, Stan-a-mickle, Ran-a-mickle
    Rick time body Mitch-a Ki Mo!

    It’s really cool to hear how families and individuals changed lyrics as they sang this ditty to their children!

  97. Jo Blackmore Says:

    My grandmother use to sing me this song way back when. She was from North Carolina. Born in the 1800’s. This is what I remember..

    There was a frog lived near a spring,
    Oh he could dance and he could sing,
    Sing song kitty catcha kymee-oh.
    Tee bow, tie bow dare away
    Hi oh hum de dumb.
    Hum a little dink em, little grand snake em,
    poke root, hock root, pennyroyal tea.
    Sing song kitty catcha kymee oh.

  98. Peggy Says:

    my mom was taught the following when she was 6 years old. she is now 94:
    There was little frog that lived in the spring, he had such a cold he could not sing
    ‘hemo kymo damo wah
    hima ho , rum a little suck back, kick your heals together singing polly won’t you kymeo

  99. Lisa Says:

    These versions are so great! Would anyone like to record their version to post on Mama Lisa’s World?

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