“The Thinnest Man”


"The (thinnest/skinniest) man I ever saw Lived over in (Hoboken), And if I told you how thin he was, You'd think that I was joking." Various tall tales about the thin man's exploits, and the dangers he faces (e.g. falling through his pants and choking)


The Pankakes list at least one of their versions as being to the tune of "Take Me Back to Tulsa," but as they date this song to 1941, this can hardly be the original melody. - RBW


  1. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 175, "The Skinniest Man I Ever Knew" (2 text, tune referenced)
  2. Roud #15357
  3. BI, PHCFS175


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1881 (Tom Warfield's "Helen's Babies" Songster)
Keywords: humorous talltale
Found in: US(MW)