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Froggy Went A Courtin''

Are these the same songs? The wikipedia link suggests so. -- Peter (talk) 13:45, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia is dead wrong. In fact, we might consider moving the link to the other page. They're mildly similar in premise, and likely the one inspired the other, but completely different lyrics. A-Wooing Go is known for its chorus "Heigh ho, said Anthony Rowley," a different tune, different plot denouement... Compare: lyrics to "A-Wooing Go" and "Went A Courting". Not the same song at all. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 14:35, 26 September 2006 (UTC)
Folk songs are always such a grey area. The wikipedia link was correct when it was added here; they got confused themselves around early august to judge by the history of their page. At anyrate, I think the two are actually just variants of the same original song/story (frog goes to see mouse) which neither one strongly resembles at this point -- folk songs tend to accrue words, bits of the story, and new melodies over the years.
As Andrew says, they are quite different now and deserve their own pages. I say we add links to the lyrics so people will know which we mean in each case, and maybe to some more reputable sources on them. And take out the wikipedia link which does not even mention the wooing one anymore. -- Wendy (talk) 17:19, 26 September 2006 (UTC)


Is this the correct title of the song? Rowlf and Sam sing it as "A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go." -- Scott (talk) 14:33, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

I searched it on Google, and came up with more reputable-looking sources that called it "A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go" than "Froggy Would A-Wooing Go." This one in particular had some impressive liner notes explaining the song's origin: The Database of Recorded American Music -- Mary Catherine (talk) 14:55, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Walt Kelly's 1955 tome The Pogo Peek a Book (which given Don't Sugar Me and Man's Best Friend, may well have been where Jim Henson found it, though it's a traditional song) also uses "A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go." Heigh ho, says Rowley! Andrew Leal (talk) 15:04, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
All in favor of renaming? -- Scott (talk) 15:26, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Aye! With a rowley poweley gammon and spinach! Andrew Leal (talk) 15:34, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Woo-Woo! Or rather, ribbit-ribbit! -- Scott (talk) 15:37, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

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