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Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps

It’s Silly Saturday. As a kid, I often said this ditty, so I taught it to my boys. They all three learned it at an early age and can still say it today. Over the years, if they tried to excuse bad schoolwork by saying they can’t memorize things … I’d remind them that they memorized this well.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Hobos and tramps,
Cross-eyed mosquitos and bow-legged ants,

I come here before you
To stand behind you.
To tell you something
Which I know nothing about.

On Tuesday,
Which is Good Friday,
There will be a Father’s Day meeting
For Mother’s only.

Admission is free,
Pay at the door.
Pull up a chair
And sit on the floor.

Our guest speaker will be Mr. Cucumber
Who sailed down the Miss Sloppy River
With the Declaration of Independence in his right hand
And the Star Spanked Banana in his left.

I wrote this from my memory and I think my cousins taught it to me … so in my mind they are the authors. Google brings up many versions of it with a lot of potential sources, ranging from 1960 to 1480, so who knows.

Have you heard this? Do you have any poems/verses from childhood that you can still recite?


  1. Jacinda
    January 29, 2011 | 10:58 AM| Reply

    I listened to Wee Sing till my family was crazy. My boys now know “The Lady with the Alligator Purse” as well. We found it in a book with a little different version so they have taught themselves that one.

    • Janet Ober
      January 29, 2011 | 02:08 PM| Reply

      Ah … Wee Sing, my boys listened to that some.
      I must have been deprived, not sure I ever heard “The Lady with the Alligator Purse” … need to google that.

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