Memory Lane: An Innocent Little Song

This is one of those innocent little songs that children used to sing–and maybe still do, somewhere–although I never knew anybody who could sing it as fast as Burl Ives does. Frog Went A-Courtin’ is a folk song with more variations, optional verses, than you can shake a stick at. I kept waiting for my favorite, about “the little moth who wiped her mouth on the table-cloth,” but Mr. Ives didn’t include it.

Yeah: this one, the one about the old woman who swallowed a fly (and then a spider to catch the fly, etc.), Jimmy Crack’d Corn, and the slightly less than dignified Jars and Jars of Green and Gushy Gopher-Guts–brightened up many an hour of childhood, way back when. I’m sure I don’t want to know what they’re singing now.

Anyone for Pop Goes the Weasel?

4 comments on “Memory Lane: An Innocent Little Song

  1. That was enjoyable. It takes quite a skilled tongue to enunciate lyrics at that pace. I also enjoyed the accompaniment. I did a little searching, but failed to find who played guitar, but whomever, they did a great job of it.

    1. Apparently, it was first released in 1949. If I had to make a guess, I’d say it was Grady Martin, whom was known to have worked with Burl Ives. It certainly added humor and interest to the piece.

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