Collected by Patti Barrow Linda K. Wilson Dottie Rumph
Told by Otis Williams Wesley, Arkansas May 6, 1962
For Mary C. Parler Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
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Once upon a time a woman known as Mother Arns lived near a lake. One night all the frogs wanted to get acquainted with her. They came to her door and they commenced to hollering, "old Mother Arns, Old Mother Arns,
Old Mother Arns." Well, she came out to see what they wanted. They hopped back to the edge of the water and commenced to hollering, "Knee Keep, Knee deep, Knee deep." And she started wading in. She got a little past her knees and the frogs commenced to hollering, "You'll drown,
You'll drown, You'll drown." And she run back into the house and wouldn't ever come out again. Ever since that the frogs says, "Garump, Garump, Garump."
[At this point, Mr. Williams showed us a horn he had made and told us that he liked to use it to accompany his songs. He made it out of an old cow horn with a piece of pa paper fastened across the wide end with a rubber band. He used it to introduce this next song and many of the songs on the tape.
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