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Traditional. You need a capo on some fret I think. Don't know what one though, sorry. C Mister Frog went a-courtin, he did ride, uh-huh, uh-huh. G7 Mister Frog went a-courtin, he did ride, uh-huh, uh-huh. C Mister Frog went a-courtin, he did ride, G7 A sword and buckler by his side, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh. C He bridled and saddled a big fat snail, uh-huh, uh-huh. G7 He bridled and saddled a big fat snail, uh-huh, uh-huh. C He bridled and saddled a big fat snail, G7 And rode it 'tween the horns and tail, uh-huh, uh-huh. uh-huh. (all remaining verses same lines, rhythm and meter, so duplication omitted) C He rode up to Miss Mousie's door, G7 Where he had often been before. C He called "Miss Mouse, are you within?" G7 "Yes sir, I'm sitting down to spin." C He took Miss Mouse upon his knee G7 And asked "My Dear, will you marry me?" C "I'll have to ask my Uncle Rat, G7 To see what he will say to that." C "Without my Uncle Rat's consent G7 I wouldn't marry the President." C Frog jumped on his snail and rode away. G7 He vowed to come another day. C Now Uncle Rat, when he came home G7 Asked "Who's been here since I was gone?" C "A very fine frog's been calling here G7 And asked for me to be his dear." C Uncle Rat, he laughed and shook his sides G7 To think his niece would be a bride. C So Uncle Rat rode into town G7 To buy Miss Mouse a wedding gown. C Say, where will the wedding supper be? G7 Just down by the river in a hollow tree. C Say, what will the wedding supper be? G7 One green bean and a black-eyed pea. C What else will the wedding supper be? G7 A fried mosquito and a roasted flea. C [ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/b/burl-ives/167167.html ] Pray tell us how Miss Mousie dressed? G7 In a cobweb veil and her Sunday best. C And what did Mister Froggie wear? G7 Sky-blue pants and a doublet fair. SEE ALTERNATE ENDING AFTER VERSE 27 C First guest to call was the Bumble Bee, G7 And he played them a fiddle tune upon his knee. C The next to come were the Duck and Drake, G7 Who ate every crumb of the wedding cake. C "Come Miss Mouse, may we have some beer, G7 That your uncle and I may have some cheer?" C "Pray, Mister Frog, will ye sing a song G7 That's bright and cheery and shan't last long?" C "Indeed, Miss Mouse," replied the Frog, G7 "A cold has made me as hoarse as a hog." C "Since a cold in the head has laid you up, G7 I'll sing you a song that I just made up." C The all sat down and started to chat, G7 When in came the kittens and the cat. C The bride, in fright, runs up the wall, G7 Turns her ankle and down she falls. C They all went sailing 'cross the lake G7 And all got swallowed by a big black snake. C And the ones who escaped were one, two, three, G7 The Frog, the Rat and Miss Mousie. C The Mouse and Frog went off to France, G7 And that's the end of their romance. C There's bread and jam upon the shelf, G7 If you want some, just help yourself. ALTERNATE ENDING: C First to come in were two little ants, G7 Fixing around to have a dance. C Next to come in was a fat sassy lad, G7 Thinking himself as big as his dad. C Thinks himself a man indeed G7 Because he chews the tobacco weed. C And next to come in was a big tomcat, G7 He swallowed the Frog, and the Mouse and the Rat. C Next to come in was a big old snake, G7 He chased the party into the lake. C So that's the end of one, two, three, G7 The Rat, the Frog, and Miss Mousie. Enjoy!
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