Foolish Frog

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"The Foolish Frog," also known as "Yankety Yank," or "Mary Irwin's Frog Song." was first released in 1907. 

Here are a couple of famous versions:

Blind Blake, 1952 - This one has all of the original lyrics

Pete Seeger, 1971 - This is the version that introduced me to the song - what a

great version from a great man - and the film is hilarious!

 

And here's our version - our new lyrics are in red.

Foolish Frog

 

Way down south in the yankety-yank,

a bull frog jumped from bank to bank,

Just because he had nothing better for to do!

 

He stubbed his toe and fell in the water;

you could hear him yell for a mile and a quarter,

just because he had nothing better for to do.

 

He kept on croaking a moninní and a groanin

Telling the story about his toe and

All the frogs gathered round to hear his song

 

After a while they said maybe you oughta

shake  it off and head back to the water

Well itís not so bad, nothinís really wrong

 

But the frog said come on donít you want to hear me,

come on guys donít you want to cheer me

up again please listen to my tale

 

Then one by one they hopped away,

they had better things to do that day

than to sit and listen to that bullfrog moan and wail

 

Now thereís lots of folks just like that foolish frog of mine,

get themselves into trouble just to pass the time,

said thereís lots of folks just like that foolish frog of mine,

get in trouble cause thereís nothing better to doÖ