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The Uncertain History of the Frog Round

from American Consular Bulletin, published by the American Consular Association, 1921:

From New Outlook, By Alfred Emanuel Smith, Published by Outlook Publishing Company, Inc., 1924:

From Upholsterers' Journal, Published by Upholsterers' International Union of North America, volume 3-4, 1924-1926:

from The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 9, January 1, 1928:

A Zoological Curiosity.

The school teacher wanted some information about frogs,
so she set the class the task of supplying it.
This is what young Hori wrote—(says Colin Dickson):—

What a queer bird the frog are,
when he sit he stand almost,
when he hop he fly almost,
he ain't got no sense hardly either,
he ain't got no tail hardly either,
he sit on what he ain't got almost.


Hori wasn't told, but the teacher liked his contribution better than any of the bunch.

From The British Musician and Musical News, edited by Sydney Grew, page 18, volume 5, 1929:


"... Given away with this is a jolly round, written by Maurice Jacobson for four voices: What a queer bird the frog are ! When he sit he stand, almost. ..."

From the Canberra Times (Australia), Saturday, 8 March, 1930:

From Still More Toasts, Jokes, Stories and Quotations, by Helen Marie Muller, published in 1932:

From The Outlook, published in 1935:

From The Publishers Weekly, By R.R. Bowker Company, Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, Am. Book Trade Association, American Book Trade Union Published by F. Leypoldt, v.146 1944 Jul-Sep

From The Santa Fe Magazine, By Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, Published by Santa Fe Magazine, 1944:

From The Coming of the Pond Fishes: An Account of the Introduction of Certain Spiny-rayed Fishes, and Other Exotic Species, Into the Waters of the Lower Columbia River Region and the Pacific Coast States, By Ben Hur Lampman, Published by Binfords & Mort, 1946:

From Mastering Music published by the American Book Company, 1980:

Here's how the version in Mastering Music compares with the one I learned from Deena: