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The backwards poem


Question Posted Friday May 25 2007, 3:57 am

Okay, so does anyone know name of the poem below:

"Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other. A deaf police men heard the noise and came to see the two dead boys."

I'm not sure about the last line. And I don't really know the rest of the poem, but I know it goes on. Does any one know the name? Or at least the rest of the poem?


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Zora answered Wednesday February 6 2013, 11:22 pm:
I do not know the name of this poem. There are many versions of it, and the words have been twisted over time. The version I learned is:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps,
cross- eyed mosquitoes and bow-legged ants,
I stand here before you, directly behind you,
to tell you a story I know nothing about.

Early one morning, in the middle of the night,
two dead boys got up to fight.
back to back, they faced each other,
pulled out their swords and shot each other.

A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and came and killed the two dead boys.
If you don't believe this story is true,
ask the blind man. He saw it, too.

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mhmeadows answered Wednesday July 18 2012, 6:27 am:
Its called one bright day and it goes like this:
One bright day in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight back to back they faced each other drew their swords and shot each other a deaf policeman heard the noise and came to kill those two dead boys one bright day in the middle of the night and if u don't believe these lies are true go ask the blind man he saw it too one bright day in the middle of the night.

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Mrsgriffith1 answered Friday May 18 2012, 6:56 am:
The're is the American and British version is called The Two Dead Boys

The American verison
One bright day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise
Ran and shot those two dead boys.
And if you don't believe it's true,
go ask the blind man, he saw it too.


British version


One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys* got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other,
One was blind and the other couldn't, see
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"
A paralysed donkey passing by,
Kicked the blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys,
If you don't believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too!

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dbc_agility_racer answered Monday November 14 2011, 4:27 am:
One bright morning, late at night
Two dead boys got up to fight.

The blind man came to see fair play,
And the mute man came to shout , `hooray.`

Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.

The deaf police man heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys.

A paralyzed donkey trotted by,
And kicked the blindman in the eye.

He fell through a nine foot wall,
Into a dry riverbed which drowned them all

If you don't believe this lie is true,
Just ask the blind man, he saw it too.

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blitsnik answered Monday May 9 2011, 2:24 am:
actually, i dont know if someone has already said this, but its not only a poem. there was also a song, called, "Boom, Boom, aint it great to be crazy". but there are so many different versions of the song and the poem itself, so i just picked the one i thought sounded the best. technically there is no real end, just for the fact that there isnt only one version. hoped i helped.

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seitz95 answered Friday May 6 2011, 5:07 am:
Ladies and Gentlemen, skinny and stout,
I'll tell you a tale I know nothing about;
The Admission is free, so pay at the door,
Now pull up a chair and sit on the floor.

One bright day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight;
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.

A blind man came to watch fair play,
A mute man came to shout "Horray!"
A deaf policeman heard the noise and
Came and killed those two dead boys.

He lived on the corner in the middle of the block,
In a two-story house on a vacant lot;
A man with no legs came walking by,
and kicked the lawman in his thigh.

He crashed through a wall without making a sound,
into a dry creek and suddenly drowned;
The long black hearse came to cart him away,
But he ran for his life and is still gone today.

I watched from the corner of the big round table,
The only eyewitness to facts of my fable;
But if you doubt my lies are true,
Just ask the blind man, he saw it too.

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rachie726 answered Thursday April 21 2011, 9:32 am:
I believe the start of it would be.
One dark day in the middle of the night 2 dead men got up to fight, back to back they face each other bang they shot each each other.

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alexandriascarlett17 answered Friday December 17 2010, 5:23 am:
hey people[:
The full poem is:
Ladies and Gentlemen, skinny and stout,
I'll tell you a tale I know nothing about;
The Admission is free, so pay at the door,
Now pull up a chair and sit on the floor.

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight;
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.

A blind man came to watch fair play,
A mute man came to shout "Horray!"
A deaf policeman heard the noise and
Came to stop those two dead boys.

He lived on the corner in the middle of the block,
In a two-story house on a vacant lot;
A man with no legs came walking by,
and kicked the lawman in his thigh.

He crashed through a wall without making a sound,
into a dry creek bed and suddenly drowned;
The long black hearse came to cart him away,
But he ran for his life and is still gone today.

I watched from the corner of the big round table,
The only eyewitness to facts of my fable;
But if you doubt my lies are true,
Just ask the blind man, he saw it too.

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answer answered Monday September 27 2010, 3:03 am:
actualy you said part of it wrong the one i know go's like this one bright day in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight back to back they faces each other threw their swords and shot each other a deaf police man heard the noise came and shot the two dead boys and if you dont believe my story is true ask the blind man he saw it too .... but im just 15 so thats wat i know...hope that helps i dont know what the name is i always just called it the backwards peom but i dont know

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DanceGavinDance answered Tuesday July 13 2010, 4:49 am:
the name of the poem is called "One Fine Day in the Middle of theNight". It goes like this...
"One fine day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew their sword and shot each other.
One was blind and the other couldn't see
So thehy chose a dummy for a referee
A blind man went to see fair play
A dumb man went to shout 'Hooray!'.
A paralysed donkeypassing by
Kicked the blind man in the eye
Knocked him through a nine inched wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
A deaf police man heard the noise
and come to arrest those two dead boys
If you don't believe this story is true
Ask the Blind man he saw it too!"

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ALEX69 answered Saturday June 19 2010, 3:32 pm:
sorry don,t no the name But I do have something to add on . Twas in the month of liverpool in the city of july the rain was snowing heavily and the streets were very dry. The Elephant is a bonnie bird it flits from Bough to Bough. It makes it,s nest in rhubard tree and whistle,s like a cow. I went round the corner next tuesday to watch a dead donkey die I pulled out my pistol to stad him and he kicked me in the eye... I walked on my bike to the pictures I took a front seat, in the back I fell from the stalls to the gallery and broke a front bone in my, back..... ??

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Malak answered Saturday May 8 2010, 5:26 pm:
I don't know the name of the peom, but I do know a version of it:

The famous speaker who no one had heard of said:
Ladies and jellyspoons, hobos and tramps,
cross-eyed mosquitos and bow-legged ants,
I stand before you to sit behind you
to tell you something I know nothing about.
Next Thursday, which is Good Friday,
there's a Mother's Day meeting for fathers only;
wear your best clothes if you haven't any.
Please come if you can't; if you can, stay at home.
Admission is free, pay at the door;
pull up a chair and sit on the floor.
It makes no difference where you sit,
the man in the gallery's sure to spit.
The show is over, but before you go,
let me tell you a story I don't really know.
One bright day in the middle of the night,
two dead boys got up to fight.
(The blind man went to see fair play;
the mute man went to shout "hooray!")
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and came and killed the two dead boys.
A paralysed donkey passing by
kicked the blind man in the eye;
knocked him through a nine-inch wall,
into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
If you don't believe this lie is true,
ask the blind man; he saw it too,
through a knothole in a wooden brick wall.
And the man with no legs walked away.

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biznotch95 answered Monday April 5 2010, 10:13 am:
the name is " One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night."

the whole poem is "
One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.


One was blind and the other couldn't see,
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"


A paralysed donkey passing by,
Kicked the blind man in the eye.
Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.


A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys.
If you don't believe this story's true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too!"

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sonigordon answered Friday March 5 2010, 6:29 am:
My whole life ever since I was a child my dad would always tell this one certain poem(it must of been my dads favorite) and I believe it is the same poem you are talking about. This is how I remember my dad saying the poem:

Early in the morning
in the middle of the night
two dead boys begin to fight
A dead policeman heard the noise
and came and killed the two dead boys

I was born in 1959 so until my dad passed away in 1989 he was always saying that poem to me all the time, needless to say I have that poem memorized. I tell it to my son Shawn just like my dad always told it to me as I was growing up. Shawn will turn 13 on March 21st and every time he ask me "how can you kill boys who already dead"? I just want to say thank you so much for posting the question about "The Backwards Poem" I will have the pleasure of reading it to Shawn.
I have also told it to my older children they are now 25 and 21. I just hope that Shawn passes this wonderful but odd poem onto his children just like I did to mine. Thanks again for helping me keep the memory of my wonderful dad alive......

Soni Gordon

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doodly_poodly answered Tuesday November 10 2009, 10:30 pm:
The poems name is Two Dead Boys, though the author of it is anonymous. The version I was taught this poem by was:

One bright day
In the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced one another
Drew their swords and shot each other
A deaf policeman heard the noise
And he ran and he killed those two dead boys
And if you don't believe it's true
Ask the blind man;
He saw it too.

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AllKnowing1 answered Thursday August 6 2009, 5:03 pm:
One bright day in the middle of the night
two dead boys got up to fight
back to back they faced eachother
drew their swords and shot eachother
one deaf policeman heard the noice
turned the corner and arrested the boys
if you dont believe this tale of tall
ask the blind man who saw it all

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curly318 answered Wednesday May 20 2009, 1:44 pm:
One bright day in the middle of the night.
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced eachother.
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise.
Came and shot the two dead boys.
If you do not believe this lie is true.
Ask the blind man, he saw it too!

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hhall answered Sunday May 10 2009, 10:51 pm:
i know it


One bright morning in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they were facing each other
They drawl there knives and shot each other
Two deaf policemen heard the noise
They came and shot the two dead boys
If you do not believe this story is true ask the blind man he saw it too


my grandpa tells it to me all the time

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ooosnc4evr answered Wednesday April 29 2009, 11:05 pm:
first of all the author is unkown, and the rest of the poem is diff for everyone but this is the version i always heard:
Ladies and gentlemen,
hobos and gents,
cross-eyed mosquitoes and bull-legged ants,
pull up a chair and sit on the floor,
and I'll tell you a story you've never heard before;
Early one morning, late one night,
two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policemen heard the noise and came out and killed the two dead boys.
If you dont belive me,
Ask the blind man, he saw it all.

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bumbum answered Sunday April 12 2009, 4:54 pm:
The name of the poem is " one fine day in the middle of the night" and the hole poem goes

" One fine day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other

One was blind and the other couldn't see
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"

A paralysed donkey passing by
Kicked the blind man in the eye
Knocked him through a nine inch wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all

A deaf policeman heard the noise
And killed those two dead boys
If you don't believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too!"

im glad i could answer your Question :D

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J_Maas answered Sunday March 29 2009, 2:16 am:
there are many versions but this is how my grandfather told me.


One bright day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
they drew their swords and shot each other
the deaf policeman heard the noise
and came and shot those two dead boys
if you don't believe this lie is true
ask the blind man, he saw it too

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xxryanxx answered Tuesday March 24 2009, 2:58 am:
The name of it is Two Dead Boys not sre about the author. This is the full poem:

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back-to-back they faced one another,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
One was blind and the other couldn't see,
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came and shot the two dead boys.
A paralysed donkey walking by,
Kicked the copper in the eye,
Sent him through a rubber wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
(If you don't believe this lie is true,
Ask the blind man -- he saw it too!)

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holcombnc answered Friday January 9 2009, 10:29 pm:
The poem has two names: "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night" but is also known as "Two Dead Boys".

It comes from very old folk nonsense doggeral and there are many versions and differences. The one I learned from my grandfather is probably a compilation of several old poems.

ONE FONE DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

Ladies and Gentlemen, skinny and stout,
I'll tell you a tale I know nothing about;
The Admission is free, so pay at the door,
Now pull up a chair and sit on the floor.

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight;
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.

A blind man came to watch fair play,
A mute man came to shout "Horray!"
A deaf policeman heard the noise and
Came to stop those two dead boys.

He lived on the corner in the middle of the block,
In a two-story house on a vacant lot;
A man with no legs came walking by,
and kicked the lawman in his thigh.

He crashed through a wall without making a sound,
into a dry creek bed and suddenly drowned;
The long black hearse came to cart him away,
But he ran for his life and is still gone today.

I watched from the corner of the big round table,
The only eyewitness to facts of my fable;
But if you doubt my lies are true,
Just ask the blind man, he saw it too.

S~A~H

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gusgusdaman answered Tuesday March 18 2008, 3:52 am:
"One fine day in the middle of the night”
One fine day in the middle of the night, Two dead boys* got up to fight, [*or men] Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other,
One was blind and the other couldn't, see
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"
A paralysed donkey passing by,
Kicked the blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys,
If you don't believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too!

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kaela13 answered Sunday January 13 2008, 5:16 am:
One bright day in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight, back to back they faced eachother drew there swords and shot eachother a deaf police man heard the noise came right in and shot the two dead boys if you dont belive this lie is true ask the blind woman she saw it to........i think the name of this poem is called the backwards poem i saw it in the big green book with the tree but i am not sure the author but...thats the poem

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evilwoman answered Thursday January 10 2008, 11:38 am:
The Poem is called One Fine Day and here is the rest of it!!



1. One fine day in the middle of the night,
2. Two dead boys* got up to fight, [*or men]
3. Back to back they faced each other,
4. Drew their swords and shot each other,

5. One was blind and the other couldn't, see
6. So they chose a dummy for a referee.
7. A blind man went to see fair play,
8. A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"

9. A paralysed donkey passing by,
10. Kicked the blind man in the eye,
11. Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
12. Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,

13. A deaf policeman heard the noise,
14. And came to arrest the two dead boys,
15. If you don't believe this story’s true,
16. Ask the blind man he saw it too!

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S_C answered Friday May 25 2007, 10:46 pm:
I was originally just going to type in the version I had heard, but then I googled the poem and found an amazing website all about the poem.

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lostbutfound answered Friday May 25 2007, 7:33 pm:
well i dont know about the last answer but i heard it goes like this

one bright day in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight back to back they faced each other drew their swords and shot each other the deaf police men heard the noise and knocked the life out of two dead boys if you dont believe this story is true ask the blind man he saw it too


hope i helped at all i heard it went like that

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mekago5 answered Friday May 25 2007, 6:26 pm:
It's usually called "Two Dead Boys" or "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night." There are many versions and it's been attributed to many people over the years. Here is one common version...



One fine day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other

One was blind and the other couldn't see
So they chose a dummy for a referee
A blind man went to see fair play
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"

A paralyzed donkey passing by
Kicked the blind man in the eye
Knocked him through a 9 inch wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all

A deaf policeman heard the noise
And came to arrest the 2 dead boys
If you don't believe this story's true
Ask the blind man, he saw it, too!

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