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I come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: Sharon (---.gsfc.nasa.gov)
Date: May 16, 2001 04:30PM

This poem or maybe it's a limerick dates back to the early 1960's. It begins, "I come before you to stand beside you to tell you something I know nothing about......" Later on it says, "It makes no difference where you sit, the men in the gallery are sure to spit." ... and there's more.

I want to quote the entire piece in a presentation I have to give.


I come before you to stand beside
Posted by: Marian (---.012.popsite.net)
Date: May 25, 2001 04:29PM

Sharon, did you ever find this piece?

I remember the beginning "I come before you to stand beside you," but I don't recall it being a poem at all. I thought it was just a silly ... I don't know, comedy piece of some kind, full of contradictions (like "One bright day in the middle of the night..." but without rhymes).

So I'm curious if anyone ever recognized it and told you the rest of it.


I come before you to stand beside
Posted by: kate (---.tnt4.colorado-springs.co.da.uu.net)
Date: June 04, 2001 02:11AM

I remember some of this from a few years back......
"Dear Ladies and Jellyspoons,
I come before you, to stand behind you, to tell you something I know nothing about. Next Thursday, which is Good Friday, there will be a ladies' meeting, for men only."

Sorry....that's about all I can remember----it WAS in the 60's when I heard it, too.


I come before you to stand beside
Posted by: Selina (---.server.ntli.net)
Date: August 11, 2004 02:47PM

I also remember part of this poem, and i was wondering if you ever found the rest, because i would be interrested to know how it ended. I resited it for an audition at primary school and i remember:

"Ladies and Jellyspoons, i come before you to stand behind you to tell you something i know nothing about, next thursday, which is good friday, there will be a mother's meeting for fathers only. admission is free, pay at the door, all ring chairs we'll sit on the floor!" If you did find the rest i dont supose you could send it to me please, i would e most grateful!

Thankyou. Selina


I come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: August 11, 2004 02:57PM

Sharon, this has been discussed here before, there are many versions of the verse you seek:

[tinyurl.com] />

Les



Post Edited (08-11-04 13:59)



Post Edited (09-07-04 12:32)


Re: come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: August 11, 2004 05:45PM

It sounds like something the Firesign Theatre would do.

pam


Re: come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: PaulaMc (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 11, 2004 07:09PM

It's on Sue's 'One Bright Day in the Middle of the Night' thread in the topic list just now!


Re: I come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: Thecrazyproffesor (---.rb.gh.centurytel.net)
Date: September 07, 2004 12:20AM

This poem which you all are puzzling about goes

I come before you, to stand behind you,
To tell you something, I know nothing about,
This thursday, is good friday,
There will be a mothers day banquet, for fathers only,
Admission is free, so pay at the door,
Pull up a chair, and sit on the floor
I'll now tell you a story, I've never been told before,

One bright day in the middle of night two dead boys got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot eachother,
A deaf policeman heard the noise, and came and shot those two dead boys, If you don't believe this lie is true, ask the blind man, he saw it too,


Re: I come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 07, 2004 11:40AM

Lots of information on the web about this one. For instance, on the following sites:

[www.folklore.bc.ca]

[www.fortlangley.ca]


Re: I come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: September 07, 2004 01:34PM

Thecrazyproffesor, nobody's puzzling click on "flat view" below your post and then click the hyperlink in my post above, this poem has been discussed several times here on e-mule.

Les


Re: I come before you to stand beside you
Posted by: Gegzy (---.dsl.pipex.com)
Date: October 05, 2004 11:38AM

My grandad always told me this version when I was a kid...

"I come before you, to stand behind you,
To tell you something I know nothing about.
Next Sunday, being Good Friday,
There will be a mother's meeting for fathers,
To decide what colour the church will be white-washed.

Free admission, pay at the door,
Seats inside, sit on the floor.
And the next song will be a dance
Sung by three female gentlemen,
Sitting at the corners of a round table,
Eating plain cakes with currants in."




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