Frog in the Middle

DESCRIPTION: Children's game: "Frog in the middle And can't get out. Take a stick And punch him out." (Or "Frog in the meadow, Can't get him out; Take a little stick And stir him about.")
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1921 (BrownSchinhanV); 1925 (Scarborough)
KEYWORDS: playparty animal
FOUND IN: US(MW,SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 130, (no title) (1 short text)
BrownSchinhanV, p. 535, "Frog in the Middle" (1 short text, 1 tune)
McIntosh, pp. 81-82, "Froggie's in the Meadow" (1 short text, 1 tune)

Roud #14047
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Frog in the Meadow
NOTES [85 words]: I suspect that there is a good deal more to this game than Scarborough describes. But until we find another version, we're left guessing, e.g., as to how one becomes the "frog" (whom she describes as a child in the middle of a circle, and poked out into the ring). The BrownSchinhanV version is no help; it's just a few words and a tune, with no description. McIntosh is only a little better; he had a short description, and an informant claimed the game had a moral: "You will be punished if you steal." - RBW
Last updated in version 4.3
File: ScaNF130

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.