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Old 10-25-2018, 12:53 AM
wildcatfan wildcatfan is offline
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I just checked on YouTube. There are several recordings of Froggy went a Courtin.' (Tex Ritter, Burl Ives and even Bruce Springsteen among others.) Certainly not exactly as we sang it, but the general tune is the same. it will give you an idea.
ETA: I just found this link, which includes sheet music and an audio version of the song much closer to the way we sang it.

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Old 10-26-2018, 02:16 AM
Delta Darling Delta Darling is offline
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wildcatfan, thank you! I am sure that was the song. Thank you so much for explaining the music and writing down all the lyrics. I can definitely hear the rhythm and beats. You are a dream!
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Old 10-26-2018, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by wildcatfan View Post
As I thought about it, I'm sure that this is the song that you are looking for. I mean, really, how many songs did Kappa Pickers sing entitled "Froggie?"!! But, I do know that sometimes chapters (including ours) would take songs and change the lyrics. It's possible that SMU tweaked the words to start out Froggie was a Kappa.

I wish there was a way to convey the tune and rhythm. This has been an earworm for me all day! Until I figure out how to do that without a music staff, here are the words. I will say that it is in 4/4 or cut time, it starts comfortably on middle C, and the 4th line of each stanza, as well as the words in parentheses, are spoken, although melodically and in time.

It is a silly song. I can't say it was one of my favorites but we used to end serenades with it by saying and waving "goodbye" after singing the song to the serenading fraternity.

Froggie went a courtin' and he did go uh-huh, uh-huh
Froggie went a courtin' and he did go uh-huh
Froggie went a courtin' and he did go
Down to the brown bottle for the midnight show
Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.

Some GCers may recall the tune from the following, currently available for viewing on youtube:

an old Tom and Jerry cartoon features Jerry's Uncle Pecos playing a 'geetarh' and singing "Froggy went a courtin' an' he did ride, CRAMBONE!" (etc)
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