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Thread #22217   Message #1728759
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
27-Apr-06 - 10:10 AM
Thread Name: froggie went a courtin
Subject: RE: froggie went a courtin
Fifty-some years ago, when I was a "new" folk-type singer with guitar, I'd go visit my brother and his family. (The "and his family" included what would in the end amount to ten kids.)

I had royal orders from the kids (however many there were at that point) to bring my guitar whenever I visited, and, my arm being easy to twist, I did so. And I'd sing to those kids (and sometimes to the adults too) for two and three hours at a time.

Now don't think I'm saying that it was all fresh songs for two and three hours running. The kids wanted certain songs over and over and over and over (etc., ad nauseam). Among those in-demand songs was our friend Froggie. It finally got to the point where I couldn't make myself sing Froggie any more, and it was that way for maybe forty years. Only of relatively recent times have I taken it back into my active repertoire, and I love it.

Incidentally, when on occasion I run into some of my brother's "kids", (who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, I guess), they'll talk about those old singing sessions, and it's always Froggie Went a-Courtin' that they remember fondly.

Dave Oesterreich