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Posted By: SharonA
16-Jun-05 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: worst rhyme ever
Subject: RE: worst rhyme ever
IMO, the "worst" rhymes, when they're punny, are the best rhymes! :^)

Tom Lehrer, of course, is a grand master of the genre. [pausing here to bow to his genius]

But I was researching the US Civil War song "Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel" (a Confederate song) the other day, and it contains some doozies such as...

"And he found it rather hard to ride over Beauregard
And Johnston proved a deuce of a bother.
'Twas clear beyond a doubt that he didn't like the route
And a second time would have to try another."

...and the following contrived-word rhymes (the last one quite un-PC by today's standards)...

"Instead of easy ground, at Williamsburg he found
A Longstreet indeed and nothing shorter.
And it put him in the dumps that spades wasn't trumps
And the Hills he couldn't level 'as he orter!' "

"We'll take the cursed town, and then we'll burn it down
And plunder and hang each cursed Rebel.
Yet the contraband was right when he told us they would fight:
'Oh, yes, massa, dey will fight like the debil!' [sic]"