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dead donkeys

This is a weird ditty I remember from when I was a kid. I also, years latter remember reading it in the back of a book. Can’t remember what the book was, but it was an art book, and I vaguely remember the name Ian Miller being associated with it. Anyway, if anyone knows anything about it I would be intrested in knowing.

I went to the theatre tomorrow
I got a front seat at the back
I fell from the floor to the ceiling
And I broke a front bone in my back.

I went round a straight, crooked corner
I saw a dead donkey die
I pulled out my pistol to stab him
And he kicked me in the eye


In a similar vein:

Entrance free!
(Pay at the door)
See what you never saw before!
A living lion, stuffed with straw,
Eating boiled potatoes raw.

Posted by Max on 14 April 2009 @ 1pm

Oh, and:

One fine day, in the middle of the night
Two dead men got up to fight.
Back to back, they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.

Posted by Max on 14 April 2009 @ 1pm

They both are of a similar vein. While I hadn’t heard that first one before, the second one rings bells, so I must of heard a version of it at some point.

Posted by ktabic on 15 April 2009 @ 8am

How about this, which I recall my mother reciting say ca. 1950?
I went to the theatre tomorrow
and took a front seat at the back,
I fell from the pit to the gallery
and hurt the front part of my back.
A tall female gentleman stood up and said
“seats free, pay at the door,
Take a seat and sit on the floor!”

Posted by Paul Boon on 14 June 2012 @ 7am