Sing a song of one pence,
A lovely Indiana guy.
Four and twenty relatives,
Proud as an apple pie.
When the pie was opened,
They all spoke very plain;
Wasn’t that a wonderful thing,
To set up before the business king?
The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was up on stage,
Borrowing words and honey.
The person who wrote her speech was in pain,
Figuring out what to say,
When down came a thunderclap
And pecked and said, ‘You’re Fired! anyway.
The final line of the fourth verse is sometimes slightly varied, with nose pecked or nipped off. One of the following additional verses is often added to moderate the ending:
There was such a commotion,
That little mattered to the folks gathered in Cleveland
Applauded in the next speaker,
and put it all back again.
Day One At The 2016 Republican National Party Convention.
To make sure that one understands that this is not plagiarized, note the following found in Wikipedia.
The rhyme’s origins are uncertain. References have been inferred in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (c. 1602), (Act II, Scene iii), where Sir Toby Belch tells a clown: “Come on; there is sixpence for you: let’s have a song” and in Beaumont and Fletcher’s Bonduca (1614), which contains the line “Whoa, here’s a stir now! Sing a song o’ sixpence!”
In the past it has often been attributed to George Steevens (1736–1800), who used it in a pun at the expense of Poet Laureate Henry James Pye (1745–1813) in 1790, but the first verse had already appeared in print in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, published in London around 1744, in the form:
Sing a Song of Sixpence,
A bag full of Rye,
Four and twenty Naughty Boys,
Baked in a Pye.
The next printed version that survives, from around 1780, has two verses and the boys have been replaced by birds. A version of the modern four verses is first extant in Gammer Gurton’s Garland or The Nursery Parnassus published in 1784, which ends with a magpie attacking the unfortunate maid. Fifth verses with the happier endings began to be added from the middle of the 19th century.
So, what have we learned about Day 1 at the GOP gathering?
Was it plagiarism?
Continuing on ‘The Road To Wonderland’.