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Trivia Question
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: March 27, 2004 05:58PM

Name the work being parodied:

Everything In Its Place

The skeleton is hiding in the closet as it should,
The needle's in the haystack and the trees are in the wood,
The fly is in the ointment and the froth is on the beer,
The bee is in the bonnet and the flea is in the ear.

The meat is in the coconut, the cat is in the bag,
The dog is in the manger and the goat is on the crag,
The worm is in the apple and the clam is on the shore,
The birds are in the bushes and the wolf is at the door.
-- Arthur Guiterman

Re: Trivia Question
Posted by: IanB (
Date: March 27, 2004 06:23PM

This one?

Pippa's Song
by Robert Browning

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven--
All's right with the world!

The Guiterman is certainly deeper, though its title seems a missed opportunity. 'Poppas' Song' or 'Arthur's Song' would have been more subtle in the context.

Re: Trivia Question
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: March 28, 2004 12:56PM

Right you are. I once did a little spoonerism ditty on pippa passes, but that is another story. Snail's on the thorn - what a great line!

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