Mudcat Café message #2806058 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126333   Message #2806058
Posted By: semi-submersible
07-Jan-10 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: Song Challenge... involving 'Willy'
Subject: RE: Song Challenge... involving 'Willy'
Remember all those the little four-line cautionary rhymes about innumerable dismal fates befalling Little Willy, George, Mary, etc. - "grues" as Robert Louis Stevenson called them? (E.g. "Willy was a chemist's son/But Willy is no more,/For what he thought was H2O/Was H2SO4.")

Little Willy's hiding place
In a snug, constricted space
Swelled his head so full and stout
That firemen had to cut him out.