Thinnest Man, The
DESCRIPTION: "The (thinnest/skinniest) man I ever saw Lived over in (Hoboken), And if I told you how thin he was, You'd think that I was joking." Various tall tales about the thin man's exploits, and the dangers he faces (e.g. falling through his pants and choking)
EARLIEST DATE: 1881 (Tom Warfield's "Helen's Babies" Songster)
KEYWORDS: humorous talltale
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 175, "The Skinniest Man I Ever Knew" (2 text, tune referenced)
NOTES: The Pankakes list at least one of their versions as being to the tune of "Take Me Back to Tulsa," but as they date that song to 1941, it can hardly be the original melody.
The gag in the song seems to be widely known. For example, Peter and Iona Opie, I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth, #96, runs, "Chartlie, Charlie, in the tub, Charlie, Charlie, pulled out the plug. Oh my goodness, oh my soul, There goes Charlie down the hole." - RBW
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