The Swedes Don’t Know Amphibian Anatomy, but Don’t Care

We end our week of Swedish music and celebrations with some misdummer madness. On the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, Swedes circle a maypole, search the forests for flowers and leap seven times, superstitiously, over fences. By far the best thing they do to celebrate the holiday is dance around a field like frogs. The Swedish frog song you’ll see in this video is “Små grodorna”: “Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se…The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe. No ears, no ears, no tails do they possess. Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,  kou ack ack ack ack kaa.” The celebrating Swedes hold hands around a circle, simulate the eyelss and tailless frogs — not factual — and then hop hop hop. Any Swede, they’ll tell you — “Små grodorna” = midsummer.