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Tam Lin Lightbulb Joke

Source: Jeri Corlew

Tam Lin Light bulb Poem

  1. Janet put her backpack on
    And all her goods arranged
    And she's gone to Carterhaugh
    The light bulbs for to change.
  2. She'd not changed a double bulb,
    a bulb but only two
    When up then spoke young Tam Lin
    says "Lady change no more"
  3. "And why change you the light bulbs
    without my acquiescence"
    "Those reg'lar bulbs use too much power
    I prefer fluoresescents".


Jeri wrote this as part of a discussion on rec.music.folk about how many folk singers it takes to change a lightbulb.

Added to site January 2001 (?)