“Go Get the Ax”


"Peepin' through the knot-hole Of grandpa's wooden leg, Who'll wind the clock when I am gone? Go get the ax, There's a fly in Lizzie's ear, For a boy's best friend is his mother." The remainder of the song is equally farfetched


According to Sandburg, this was collected from a girl who was forced to sing it to be initiated into a sorority. One hopes it was nothing worse than that. - RBW


  1. Sandburg, p. 332, "Go Get the Ax" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, San332


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: nonsense nonballad
Found in: US(MW)