Savannah, GA: Biologists and ethnomusicologists here have joined forces, issuing a statement condemning the old english folk standard "Frog Went a-Courtin'" as "annoying and scientifically absurd." "Frogs don't court," says biologist Roy Wood. "And if a frog was to court, he certainly wouldn't court a mouse." Adds Maureen Fallopian, a fellow biologist, "And if for some reason a frog was to court a mouse, he certainly wouldn't ride a great black snail." Musical scholars have their own axe to grind. Notes folk music expert Roland Forthwit, "I don't know the scientific end of things. But I do know that, from the perspective of a scholar in the area of ethnomusicology, anyone who can listen to more than two stanzas of this song is a great speckled twitwit."
Both biologists and ethnologists are calling for the song to be either altered to adhere to the laws of biological possibility or somehow rendered less annoying.