“Johnny Fell Down in the Bucket”


"Johnny fell down the bucket, The bucket fell down the well, His wife cut the rope... And Johnny fell down into -- (nonsense chorus)." "Johnny was walking in Hades, As meek and calm as a lamb, She stepped on a red-hot poker, And said, Well, I'll be --"


Like "Hallelujah" or "Hopalong Peter," this is one of those "hidden word" songs -- the verse leads you to expect the last word, which is usually not fit for polite company. But instead of saying the word, it breaks off into the chorus. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 420, "Johnny Fell Down the Bucket" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7631
  3. BI, R420


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Randolph)
Keywords: humorous Hell wordplay
Found in: US(So)