A Tragic Story
There lived a sage in days of yore,
And he a handsome pigtail wore,
But wondered much and sorrowed more
Because it hung behind him.
He mused upon this curious case
And swore he'd change the pigtail's place
And have it hanging at his face,
Not dangling there behind him.
Says he, 'The mystery I've found
says he, 'The mystery I've found
I'll turn me round, he turned him round
But still it hung behind him.
Then round and round and out and in,
All day the puzzled sage did spin,
In vain - it mattered not a pin,
The pigtail hung behind him,
And right and left and round about
And up and down and in and out,
He turned, but still the pigtail stout
Hung steadily behind him
And though his efforts never slack
And though he twist and twirl and tack
Alas! Still faithful to his back
the pigtail hangs behind him.