One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

Escher-relativity 2Back before I was married, I lived in Paisley (Scotland) with an English roommate; we got along like clotted cream and jam, and, among other things, we would recite the following verse in sync any time we heard someone say,  “I see”.  There are longer, more elaborate versions that have been around for over 50 years.  The mutations make it hard to trace it to the original source, as it seems that each person, school class or generation tweaks it with their own twist.

One Fine Day

“I see,” said the blind man to the deaf man

One fine day in the middle of the night,

As two dead men got up to fight;

Back to back they faced each other,

Drew their swords and shot each other.

A deaf policeman heard the noise,

And came and shot those two dead boys.

If you don’t believe my tale is true,

Ask the blind man, he saw it too.


Do you have any favourite rhymes, verses or ditties that you’ve known for years?

Please share them in the comments below!

Illustration:  “Relativity”, by M.C. Escher



Filed under Humor, Images, Poetry

13 responses to “One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night

  1. My Grandma taught me this one, encouraging me to recite it just as quickly as possible:
    “Betty Botter bought some butter,
    But she said, ‘This butter’s bitter!
    If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter!’
    So Better Botter bought a bit of better butter,
    And it made her bitter batter better.”

  2. A nonsense non-rhyme:
    Thirty days hath Septober,
    April, June and no wonder.
    All the rest have peanut butter;
    All except my dear grandmother.
    She had a little red bicycle.
    It’s mine now, coz I stole it.

  3. renate

    I remember this one from my youth, somewhat like yours,, but I like mine better. LOL
    One dark night in the middle of the day
    Two dead boys came out to play
    Back to back facing each other
    They pulled out their swords and shot one another
    If you don’t believe my story’s true
    Ask the blind man he saw it too.

  4. My favorite verse came from a Richard Scary book: “A case of the heebie jeebies arrived today, alack! I wish I knew who sent it, ’cause I’d like to send it back.”

  5. My mother would say, “I see, said the blind man.” Now I know the source!

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