Mr. Gamble

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Adapted by Red Yarn from the traditional folksong “Frog Went A-Courtin” (aka “The Frog’s Courtship”), as sung by Almeda Riddle, recorded by Alan Lomax, and released on 'Southern Folk Heritage Series: American Folk Songs for Children' (Atlantic, 1959).


Frog went a-courting and he did ride
Rock strop by Mr. Gamble
Had a sword and a pistol buckled to his side
Rock strop by Mr. Gamble
Heemo hi-mo, keemo ky-mo, rolly, rolly, ray
Rock strop penny winkle flanna doodle yella booger
Rock strop by Mr. Gamble

He rode right up to Miss Mousie's house
Said, "Please, will you marry me, Miss Mouse?"
Heemo hi-mo...

She said, "Now, I can't tell you that
Until I ask my Uncle Rat"
Uncle Rat gave his consent
The weasel wrote the publishment
Rock strop penny winkle...

Where will their supper be?
Way down yonder in a hollow tree
And what will the supper be?
Butter cups and dew drop tea
Rock strop penny winkle...

The first to come was a big white moth
Spread her wings for a tablecloth
Next to come was a big black gnat
He sat down on Uncle Rat
Next to come was a brokeback flea
Danced a jig with the bumblebee
Rock strop penny winkle...

Next to come was an old tomcat
He swallowed the mouse and ate up the rat
Frog come swimming across the lake
He got swallowed by a big black snake
Rock strop penny winkle...


from Born in the Deep Woods, released March 10, 2017



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Red Yarn Portland, Oregon

Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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