Mouse on the Hill: Warner Williams with Jay Summerour

You know what a Smithsonian-Folkways fan I am, but it has been a while since my last posting so here is a song from Classic African American Ballads. Hop over to Smithsonian, the link is on the right, and check out the whole album!!

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3 Comments on “Mouse on the Hill: Warner Williams with Jay Summerour”

  1. sprite Says:

    I always find it fascinating how songs morph. I mean, which came first: this one or “Frog Went A-Courtin’,” and what prompted the change? Did someone not like frogs, so they altered the main character to be a mouse? So odd and interesting…

    • Kat Says:

      sprite,
      This is what I found: its first known appearance is in Wedderburn’s Complaynt of Scotland (1548) under the name “The frog came to the myl dur”, though this is in Scots rather than English.

      I didn’t find the source for the mouse song, but I have to think it’s just another version of Frog.


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