Frog Went A-Courting (Version 4)

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Words Collected By: Loraine Wyman
Music Collected By: Howard Brockway
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Frog went a-courting and he did ride,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Sword and buckler by his side.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

He rode down by the mill side door,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
To hear his saddle squeak and roar.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

Who will make the wedding gown?
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Old Miss Rat from pumpkin town.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

Where will the wedding breakfast be?
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Way down yonder in a hollow tree.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

What will the wedding supper be?
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A fried mosquito and a roasted flea.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

First came in was a bumble bee,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
A fiddle buckled on his knee.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

Next came in was a little flea,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
To dance a jig for the bumble bee.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

Next came in was a big black snake,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Passing around the wedding cake.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

Next came in was a big black bug,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
On his back was a whisky jug.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

Next came in was a big Tom cat,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Swallowed up mouse and growled at the rat.
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo,
Kimaneero down to Cairo
Kimaneero Cairo
Straddle addle ladda bobbo
Ladda bobbo linktum,
Rinktum, boby, minchy, cambo.

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