The madman spends his life jumping into things -- pudding bag, bottle of wine, bottle of beer, notched stick, etc. Finding each one unsatisfactory, he moves on to the next. Finally he winds up in a situation he cannot handle, and quits/dies
There Was a Man and He Was Mad Complete text(s) *** A *** From Mary O. Eddy, Ballads and Songs from Ohio, #99, pp. 223-224. From Mrs. H. E. Deal, Canton, Ohio. She had it from her mother, who reported learning it in her youth in Staffordshite. 1. There was a man and he was mad, And he blowed up the pudding bag 2. But the pudding bag it was so fine That he jumped into a bottle of wine. 3. The bottle of wine it was so clear That he jumped into a bottle of beer. 4. The bottle of beer it was so thick That he jumped into a notche stick. 5. The notche stick it was so narrow That he jumped into a wheelbarrow. 6. The wheelbarrow it did so wheel That he jumped onto a horse's back. 7. The horse's back it did so bend That he jumped into a taching end. 8. The taching end it was so rotten That he jumped into a bag of cotton. 9. The bag of cotton it set on fire, And blowed him up to Jeremiah! Pouf! Pouf! Pouf!