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Bert Hansell Lyr Req: frog went a courtin (Cheshire) (37) Lyr Add: HERE'S TO CHESHIRE 27 Mar 97


Here you go. I got this from a Spinners album.

It's also in Rise Up Singing.


HERE'S TO CHESHIRE
Songwriter: Leslie Haworth

There was an old frog lived in a well
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
A pretty little mouse lived in a mill
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Froggy went a courting and he did ride
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
He said 'Missy Mouse you must decide'
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

    CHORUS
    Here's to Cheshire, Here's to Cheese
    here's to the pears and the apple trees
    here's to the lovely strawberries
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells


For I am rich and I am brave
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
What better husband could you have
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

I'll not take your word for that
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
You'll have to satisfy Uncle Rat
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Rat said "I'm very much afraid"
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
"If you don't take Froggy then you'll die an old maid"
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

So the Knot was tied secure and fast
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
She's off her uncle's hands at last
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Open the oysters, spill champagne
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
    Never will there be such a feast again
Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Tune up the fiddle and let's have a square
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
Top couple must be the happy pair
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

As they were going it hot and strong
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
The good gray cat come prowling along
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Into the window and out of the yard
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
Didn't bring no invitation card
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Uncle Rat like a hero stood
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
Puss wet her whiskers in his blood
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Miss Mouse she made a dive for a crack
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
    Puss made a pounce and broke her back
Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Where was the valiant frog this while
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
    Just about broke the four minute mile
Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

Came to a brook and he didn't stop to look
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
The old drake nabbed him in his fluke
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells

That was the end of him and of her
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells
Won't be no tadpoles covered in fur
    Ding! Dang! Dong! go the Wedding Bells


    Note from Joe Offer: See note below (click) about the authorship of this song: by Leslie Haworth, a Cheshire strawberry farmer who was a stalwart of the early Spinner's folk club at Sampson & Barlow's Grill in Liverpool in the early sixties.


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