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"A Froggy He Would A-Wooing Go" is a song from the first Wiggles album from 1991. It made it's video debut in Apples & Bananas.

Origins

Spaeth has a note claiming that the original version of this was supposed to refer to François, Duke of Anjou's wooing of Elizabeth I of England, however, this was in 1579 and the original Scottish version was already published. If the second known version (1611, in Melismata, also reprinted in Chappell) were the oldest, this might be possible — there are seeming political references to "Gib, our cat" and "Dick, our Drake." But the Wedderburn text, which at least anticipates the song, predates the reign of Queen Elizabeth by nine years, and Queen Mary by four. If it refers to any queen at all, it would seemingly have to be Mary Stuart. Evelyn K. Wells, however, in the liner notes to the LP Brave Boys; New England traditions in folk music (New World Records 239, 1977), suggests that the original may have been satirically altered in 1580 when it was recorded in the register of the London Company of Stationers, as this would have been at the height of the unpopular courtship.

According to Albert Jack in his book "Pop Goes the Weasel, The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes" (pp. 33–37, copyright 2008), the earliest known version of the song was published in 1549 as "The Frog Came to the Myl Dur" in Robert Wedderburn's "Complaynt of Scotland". He states that in 1547 the Scottish Queen Consort, Mary of Guise, under attack from Henry VIII, sought to marry her daughter Princess Mary (later Mary Queen of Scots), "Mrs. Mouse" to the 3 year old French Prince Louis, the "frog". The song resurfaced a few years later, with changes, when another French (frog) wooing caused concern—that of the Duke of Anjou and Queen Elizabeth I in 1579. Elizabeth even nicknamed Anjou, her favorite suitor, "the frog".

Another theory traces the song to Suffolk: "Roley, Poley, Gammon and Spinach" refer to four families of Suffolk notables, Rowley, Poley, Bacon and Green.

Song Credits

1991 Version

2014 Version

Musicians

1991 Version

2014 Version

Appearances

1991 version

Greg Wiggle (Narrarator)

Anthony Wiggle (Frog)

Phillip Wiggle (Mr.Rat)

Dorothy the Dinosaur (Mrs.Mousey)

2014 version

Lachy Wiggle (Narrarator and Mr.Rat)

Anthony Wiggle (Frog)

Emma Wiggle (Mrs.Mousey)

Listen

11 A Froggy He Would A-Wooing Go

Lyrics

1991

A frog he would a-wooing go,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
A frog he would a-wooing go,
Whether his mother would let him or no.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

So off he set with his opera hat,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
So off he set with his opera hat,
And on the road he met with a rat,
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mr. Rat will you go with me?
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
Pray, Mr. Rat will you go with me,
Kind Mrs. Mousey for to see…
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

They came to the door of Mousey's hall,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
They gave a loud knock, and they gave a loud call.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mrs. Mouse are you within?
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
Oh yes, kind sirs, I'm sitting to spin.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mrs. Mouse will you give us some beer?
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
For Froggy and I are fond of good cheer.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mr. Frog will you give us a song?
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
Let it be something that's not very long.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Indeed, Mrs. Mouse, replied Mr. Frog,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
A cold has made me as hoarse as a dog.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Since you have a cold, Mr. Frog, Mousey said,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
I'll sing you a song that I've just made.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

But while they were all a-merry-making
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
But while they were all a-merry-making
A cat and her kittens came tumbling in.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

The cat she seized the rat by the crown,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
The cat she seized the rat by the crown,
The kittens they pulled the little mouse down.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright,
Heigh ho! says Rowley.
This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright,
He took up his hat and he wished them goodnight.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

But as Froggy was crossing over a brook,
Heigh ho! says Rowley.
But as Froggy was crossing over a brook,
A lily white duck came and gobbled him up.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

So that was the end of 1, 2, 3
Heigh ho! says Rowley.
So that was the end of 1, 2, 3.
The rat, the frog and Mrs. Mousy.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

2014

A frog he would a-wooing go,
Hey ho! says Rowley,
A frog he would a-wooing go,
Whether his mother would let him or no.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

So off he set with his opera hat,
Hey ho! says Rowley,
So off he set with his opera hat,
And on the road he met with a rat,
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mr. Rat will you go with me?
Hey ho! says Rowley,
Pray, Mr. Rat will you go with me,
Kind Mrs. Mousey for to see…
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

They came to the door of Mousey's hall,
Hey ho! says Rowley,
They gave a loud knock, and they gave a loud call.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mrs. Mouse are you within?
Hey ho! says Rowley,
Oh yes, kind sirs, I'm sitting to spin.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Pray, Mr. Frog will you give us a song?
Hey ho! says Rowley,
Let it be something that's not very long.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Indeed, Mrs. Mouse, replied Mr. Frog,
Hey ho! says Rowley,
A cold has made me as hoarse as a dog.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Since you have a cold, Mr. Frog, Mousey said,
Hey ho! says Rowley,
I'll sing you a song that I've just made.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

But while they were all a-merry-making
Hey ho! says Rowley,
A cat and her kittens came tumbling in.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

The cat she seized the rat by the crown,
Hey ho! says Rowley,
The kittens they pulled the little mouse down.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright,
Hey ho! says Rowley.
He took up his hat and he wished them goodnight.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

But as the Froggy was crossing the brook,
Hey ho! says Rowley.
A lily white duck came and gobbled him up.
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

So that was the end of 1, 2, 3
Hey ho! says Rowley.
The rat, the mouse and Mr. Froggy
With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach,
Hey ho! says Anthony Rowley.

Video Performances

Album Appearances

Trivia

  • In the trailers of Apples and Bananas, this song was advertised as "Anthony Rowley" and TV series 8.

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