Come off the money (= get off the dime?)
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 16 14:01:47 UTC 2002
A little google research confirms the prevalence of the quatrain as
we have it, but with a slight preference for a different connective:
Here I sit
Tried to shit
BUT only farted.
(At least) one entry did try to regularize the metrical scheme by
presenting the second line as
At 9:53 AM -0400 4/16/02, Drew Danielson wrote:
>the / ' ' shit / scheme appears to need another stanza to complete
>it.... I am not well-enough versed in meter to say what's going on here,
>but that's the sense I get from it....
>I have only ever heard 'and only farted', but then we aren't as
>sophisticated in our bathroom humor out here in the provinces as yinz
>Laurence Horn wrote:
>> At 9:21 AM -0400 4/16/02, Benjamin Fortson wrote:
>> > > > Here I sit,
>> >> > broken-hearted
>> >> > paid my dime
>> >> > and only farted
>> >Isn't the third line normally "had a shit"?
>> "tried to shit". Your version makes no sense in the context, does
>> it? The "tried to shit" version may well (for all I know) be an
>> adaptation that serves to retain this immortal verse for a generation
>> postdating the demise of pay toilets.
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