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One fine day in the middle of the night

Two dead boys got up to fight

Back to back they faced each other

Drew their swords and shot each other


One was blind and the other couldn't see

So they chose a dummy for a referee

A blind man went to see fair play

A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"


A paralyzed donkey passing by

Kicked the blind man in the eye

Knocked him through a 9 inch wall

Into a dry ditch and drowned them all


A deaf policeman heard the noise

And came to arrest the 2 dead boys

If you don't believe this story's true

Ask the blind man, he saw it, too!

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It's one of those "anon" from way on back when people used to play with "tangled-couplets"..


In one form or another the modern version of Two Dead Boys, including many orphan pieces, has been collected from children in playgrounds since the middle of the 19th century. A detailed study with examples collected throughout the British Isles since the turn of the 20th century can be found in Iona and Peter Opie?s The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren [1959, Oxford. Oxford University Press, pp. 24-29].

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