I was sittin' by the bank on a hollow stump
When I thought I heard me a bullfrog jump
Turned around and sure enough there
He said excuse me, buddy, but I've been
readin' your news
And I'm sorry to say that I'm a
You bein' human, well you'd know where
He said I read where this old world's
And all on account of a thing called gold
And that's somethin' hard for us frogs
Now you're lookin' at me like I'm
But where I live we don't have no money
So we want to be hip to the happ'nin's
here on land.
Now I thought I was stoned so I
I mean whoever heard of a bullfrog talkin'
But then I realized I hadn't been grazin'
in no grain
So I figured I'd tell him just what I thought
'bout how gold was sold and how gold
And he'd understand our world when
I said it all started a long time ago
When the people first learned to reap
They got all the things they needed right
out of the earth
Like how many leaves and how many trees
Would it take to cover up the anatomies
And that's how you figured how much a suit
of clothes was worth.
Well then man he learned how to milk a cow
And how to till the soil with a stone
And he kept so busy he never had time to
do you harm
Then he'd take his produce and all that milk
And go into town and trade them for silk
So his woman she'd look sharp down at
Well the bullfrog let out a belly croak
Like I'd told him some kind of a joke
And he said I think you're jivin' me my man
I said I know it sounds kinda mystifyin'
But the truth of the matter is I ain't lyin'
I mean I ain't talkin' no bullfrog,
He said now don't get upset I'm not
You just go ahead, go ahead and continue
And I'll be quiet and try to understand
He said I know about trees and leaves
And milk and silk and the farmer's
But what's this thing they call supply
I said well I grow cotton and you grow corn
And you find your dungarees are all worn
And me well I got to have somethin' to eat
You see? So I make you some brand
And now you bake me some fresh
Pretty soon we'll have shops across
Well this didn't work, or so we've been told
And at that time they didn't know
So they all agreed they'd measure their
goods in salt
Well that idea had an early endin'
'cause they were eatin' more than they
And besides, whoever heard of keepin'
salt in a vault.
Well folks said gold was the thing to use
To pay for stuff like from ships to shoes
But it weighed too much and it looked too
good to spend
So round about sixteen hundred and ninety
Somebody started usin' foldin' money
And that's the tale, my friend, from end
Well I thought it was a damn
I mean a real attempt at communication
And I only had me schoolin' up until the
time I was ten
But the bullfrog right before he
Well I could have sworn I heard him say
Your world is still in the tadpole stage,
Lyrics from liner notes of “Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto” LP
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