I stuck a pin into a chair, To stick in someone sitting there; And so well was it hid, the sight Could not rest on its point so bright. I threw an egg into the air - It fell on someone, I don't know where; For who so swift of sight or leg As to dodge the flight of a hard-boiled egg? Long, long afterwards, squashed out flat, I found the egg on a curate's hat; And the pin, through its pointed end, Was unexpectedly found by a friend.
Note: this is a parody of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The arrow and the song.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "I stuck a pin into a chair", subtitle: "(L-ngf-ll-w.)", published 1914 [ soprano, tenor and piano ], from Parody Pie, no. 8, Chappell & Co. [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2017-09-13
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Word count: 89