ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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48
NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
Then Frog come a-swimmm' over the lake,
Uh-— hum! Then Frog come a-swimmin' over the lake, He got swallowed by a big black snake,
Uh —hum!
Another Texas version, words and music, was given me by Ella Oatman, who remembers the song from having heard it in her child­hood.
Froggy went a-courtin', he did ride,
Umph — humph! Froggy went a-courtin', he did ride, A sword and pistol by his side, Umph — humph!
He came to Lady Mousie's door,
Umph — humph! He came to Lady Mousie's door, He knocked and he knocked till his thumb got sore,
Umph — humph!
He took Lady Mousie on his knee,
Umph — humph! He took Lady Mousie on his knee, He says, "Lady Mouse, will you marry me?"
Umph — humph!
Oh, where shall the wedding supper be?
Umph — humph! Oh, where shall the wedding supper be? Way over yonder in a hollow tree,
Umph —humph!
Oh, what shall the wedding supper be?
Umph — humph! Oh, what shall the wedding supper be? Two blue beans and a black-eyed pea,
Umph — humph!
Still another variant was given me by Louise Laurense, Qf Shelby-ville, Kentucky, who says that her mother learned it in her child­hood from Negroes in Kentucky.
Mister Frog
Mister Frog went a-courtm', he did ride,
Umph — humph! Mister Frog went a-courtin', he did ride, A sword and pistol by his side,
Umph —humph!