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post Mar 18 2011, 11:27 PM
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I have an old tape dub of one of Waring's bands, that contains a song called "Rhymes." This song consists of incomplete limericks. We the listeners are supposed to supply the last line, supposedly something so racy it cannot be aired. I believe it was cut in 1928.

For over twenty years I have listened to that song and never been able to complete a single limerick, although I never tried too awfully hard until last week. It became a kind of "I will do this" resolution. The problem is I don't have a dirty mind, and I try to make an innocent punch line to a suggestive set-up, to let the other person think they have the dirty mind. I eventually came up with one, maybe two.

Here are the limericks; do you have any suggestions? Mine are at the bottom.
There once was a girl named Belinda
Who used to doll up by her window.
We'd wait every night,
But she'd turn off the light
... --- ...
There once was a girl from Milwaukee
Who thought she could ride like a jockey.
The first Steeplechase day
She fell on her ace-fay!
... --- ...
There once was a shy farmer's daughter
Who knew things her Ma never taught her.
One day down the lane
Came a man from the train,
... ---...
There once was a band which demanded
Its members should all play left-handed.
When they tried a sonata
It wasn't so "hot-ta"
... --- ...

1. So we never saw what she changed into.
4. And it wasn't long 'til they disbanded.

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post Mar 19 2011, 01:22 AM
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OK, I'll give it a try...

1. And this was a big fat hinder.
2. And now it's scattered broadly.
3. And soon had her at the altar.
4. Impossible to do so they did it backhanded.

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post Nov 23 2011, 10:10 PM
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Rhymes was a British import from 1932. It was written by Leslie Sarony, who authored and sang many a comic ditty including Jollity Farm, Wheezy Anna, He Played His Ukulele As the Ship Went Down, and Ain't It Grand to Be Bloomin' Well Dead.

Leslie sang the original version with Jack Hylton's Band. I would link to it on YouTube but all the vids are thru-the-air turntable recordings where you can't make out the words. I SURE WISH GUYS WOULD STOP DOING THAT.

Being a fairly dab hand at doggerel when the need arises, I would conclude verses 2. and 3. as follows:

2. The horse found her just a bit stocky.

3. And she soon did what she hadn't oughter.

I couldn't improve on Wag's answers for the other two.

This post has been edited by 2nd Sax Bb Tenor: Jan 31 2012, 01:45 AM

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