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RICKETY TICKETY TIN Tom Lehrer About a maid I'll sing a song ……… sing rickety tickety tin About a maid I'll sing a song who didn't have her family long Not only did she do them wrong, She did very one of them in, them in, she did every one of them in Her mother she could never stand ……… sing rickety tickety tin He mother she could never stand and so a cyanide soup she planned The mother died with a spoon in her hand, And her face in a hideous grin, a grin, her face in a hideous grin One morning in a fit of pique……… sing rickety tickety tin One morning in a fit of pique she pushed her father in the creek the water tasted bad for a week, and we had to make do with gin, with gin, we had to make do with gin. She set her sister's hair on fire ……… sing rickety tickety tin She set her sister's hair on fire and as the smoke and flames rose higher She danced around the funeral pyre, playing a violin, 'olin, playing a violin She weighted her bother down with stones She weighted her bother down with stones abd sent him off to Davy Jones All they ever found were some bones and occasional pieces of skin, of skin, ocasional pieces of skin One day when she had nothing to do……… sing rickety tickety tin One day when she had nothing to do she cut her baby brother in two And served him up as an irish stew, and invited the neighbours in, 'bours in, invited the neighbours in And when at last the police came by……… sing rickety tickety tin And when at last the police came by her little pranks she did not deny For to do so she would have had to lie, and lying she knew was a sin, a sin, lying she knew was a sin My tragic tale I won't prolong……… sing rickety tickety tin My tragic tale I won't prolong and if you do not enjoy my song You've yourself to blame if it's too long, you should never have let me begin, begin , you should never have let me begin (Contributed by Paul Molloy - September 2002)

    


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