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Lyr Req: The Princess & the Frog (Michael Smith)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Michael Smith: frogs and Truman Capote?
From: Celtaddict
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 12:11 AM

There is a wild song by Michael Smith that I have heard sung by Robbie O'Connell and by Cindy Mangsen. The verses are a variation on the tale of the princess kissing the frog; the frog asks the princess for a kiss, she says there are so many frogs she can't kiss them all; Mrs. Frog comes along and says frog has a thing about kissing princesses but be careful; before he kissed her, SHE was a princess too. The chorus is a stream of nonsense phrases, of which I can recall only a handful; toady, toady, Truman Capote, faith and begorrah it's Maureen O'Hara, on a dreary Sunday morning.
Does anybody know the words?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Michael Smith: frogs and Truman Capot
From: Celtaddict
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 12:21 AM

Doh. I have searched for this before with no luck at all. (Definitely not in the DT.) So I just tried it again and found it, at
Michael Smith: The Princess and the Frog


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PRINCESS & THE FROG (Michael Smith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 07:54 AM

You can hear a generous sound sample at CD Baby.
Lyrics copied from Artists of Note:

THE PRINCESS & THE FROG
Michael Smith

1. One day a beautiful princess was walking on the bog.
On a slab of peat, who should she meet but Fred the talking frog.
"Well, the top of the morning to you, lass. Hello, hello," cries he.
"I'd be glad, you know, if you'd stop a mo' and listen close to me.
You see I've been bewitched and I'm needing a royal miss
Such as your lovely self to give this ugly mug a kiss.
Such a metamorphosis will then ensue, I'll tell you true,
For I'm really a former prince and I'll straightway marry you."

CHORUS: To me rightful, rightful, Johnny Go Darum,
Higgledy-piggledy, down and around to me,
High low, harem and scarem,
Riding a white horse to Cranberry Town.
To me toady, toady, Truman Capote,
Driving to Sligo with Molly O'Shea,
For to dance by the sea with a right cup of tea
On a bleary Sunday morning.

2. "Well, I heard that song and that dance before," says the Princess. "It's all fine,
But if it's a kiss you're after, the chance is you'll have to stand in line.
There's frogs outside me father's castle, frogs in the royal hall,
Frogs is climbing up the chimney. Frogs is bouncing off the wall.
Frogs is floating on the moat, and up the stairs, and on the shelf.
If I had to kiss every one yiz, Jaysus, I'd have no time to myself.
But, laddie, let's make it swift, for lately falls the hour,
And I'm due home for me evening shift of pining in the tower." CHORUS

3. She's just about to kiss him when Mrs. Frog comes hopping by,
Crying, "Fred, you're late for supper." "Coming, dear," was his reply.
"You mean he's not bewitched?" the princess says. "Just odd," says Mrs. Frog,
"And into kissing princesses he meets upon the bog.
And though I love me Fred, I fear he chafes at family ties.
I'd invite you home for supper, me dear, but we only have two flies.
Thank God you didn't kiss him. Today's your lucky day.
When I kissed Fred, I was a princess too. That's how I got this way." CHORUS TWICE

TAG: For to dance by the sea with an LSD
Timothy Leary Sunday morning.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Michael Smith: frogs and Truman Capot
From: mrmoe
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 08:12 AM

....actually heard Cindy sing it last night at the pioneer valley folklore society meeting in amherst.....you might write to her.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Michael Smith: frogs and Truman Capot
From: Celtaddict
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 10:05 AM

An addition to the words kindly posted by Jim Dixon.
Each time through the chorus, there is an addition to who is riding to Sligo, so by the last chorus it becomes

To me toady toady Truman Capote
Faith and begorrah it's Maureen O'Hara
Hark to the herald it's Barry Fitzgerald
All in a Volswagen with Victor McLagen
Driving to Sligo with Molly O'Shea
For to dance by the sea
With a right cup of tea
On a bleary Sunday morning
For to dance by the sea
With an LSD
Timothy Leary Sunday morning


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Michael Smith: frogs and Truman Capote?
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 15 Jan 08 - 12:06 AM

Sandy Andina and I opened for Michael last August in Little Rock, AR.
He did that song. It's a hoot to watch him do it.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Princess & the Frog (Michael Smith)
From: GUEST,KBGroton
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 08:50 PM

any clue to the chords he plays?


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