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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Green is for fun, and frogs

"Froggie went a'courtin' "...5 by 7 watercolor 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white
What do you think of when you hear the word "Green."
Many things in my case most of which is warm, especially in summer time.
It's also brings memories of fun back. I didn't post yesterday's watercolor, because it was mean. The word "Twisted," made me think of vines wrapped around a tree, or the DNA helix, but most of all it made me think of the twisted person who is president. All you have to do is look at his angry face, and it's indeed twisted, like the pandemic we live in these days.
I may share that later as an editorial, but I'm trying to paint pleasant things to offset the twisted people and times we live in.
So, today's #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt. "Green," was just the right  word, and of course I thought of Kermit, who is always fun, but then the lyrics of an old childhood song came to mind. 
Lots of fun:
"Froggy went a-courtin'..." Actually I found out it is really old, from the 1500's in Scotland. 
I had to look it up, and the lyrics sung and tunes played have a variety of lyrics different than I remember. But the image of a green frog wouldn't go out of my  mind.
The lyrics I learned began
"Froggie went a-courtin' and he did go,
un huh,
"To ask Miss Mary to the picture show..."
So much fun. 
Other lyrics, and the image, still are all about fun. 
Here's Doc Watson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfVVXnRHyfo
Bob Dylan's lyrics:
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride, uh-huh
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride, uh-huh
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride
With a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door, uh-huh
He rode up to Miss Mousey's door, uh-huh
He rode up to Miss Mousey's door
Gave three loud raps and a very big roar, uh-huh
Said, "Miss Mouse, are you within?" uh-huh
Said he, "Miss Mouse, are you within?" uh-huh
Said, "Miss Mouse, are you within?"
"Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin, " uh-huh
He took Miss Mousey on his knee, uh-huh
Took Miss Mousey on his knee, uh-huh
Took Miss Mousey on his knee.
Said, "Miss Mousey, will you marry me?" uh-huh
"Without my uncle Rat's consent, uh-huh
"Without my uncle Rat's consent, uh-huh
"Without my uncle Rat's

1 comment:

  1. So much to say about a frog I do miss them they were everywhere when I was a child now very rare.
    Merle.................

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