Last week, when I wrote the weekly update for the store, I borrowed an old song and mangled it to suit my purposes.
And I was floored, absolutely floored I tell you, to discover that quite a few folks did NOT recognize the song reference! Omigawd - I had no idea you had such deprived childhoods!
So - to set the record straight - "Froggy went a beadin'" is a corruption of "Froggy went a courtin'." I think of it as a classic children's song/folk song - you know the type, with a million verses, very repetitive.
Google and youtube will get you lots of hits. Here's a nice, soft version, (below, suitable for amusing the kiddies.
But everyone has done it, including Bob Dylan (lyrics) and Elvis! ( I think Elvis was on uppers when he did his version.)
And according to Wiki, the song dates back to the mid-1500's. Sometime after that, it underwent a satirical re-write to lampoon the courtship of Elizabeth I by the Duke of Anjou. So, not only has it been around for a long time, but I'm not the first person to bend it to their own purpose.
Well - I wasn't trying to be all literary - but it got me thinking about those iconic childhood memories. Now, for me, not being musically inclined - those formative memories are all about books. Favourite childhood books. Before I discovered science fiction - which quite possibly represented a passage from childhood into the next stage of development - not adulthood exactly, but that point at which you realize that you are part of something larger.
Anyway - what about you? Books or Songs? Or something else? Movies? Those comforting experiences that you lived over and over and over. A book that you read the print off the pages? What was it? And when the time came, did you share it with your kids?
Leave your thoughts in the comments. Next week - I'll tell you mine.