Tis the night before
Christmas when all round the lot,
Not a Carny was stirring,
all asleep in their cots.
The banners are hung out
front of their tops,
In hopes the next day,
the crowd would give up a lot.
The fat lady snores, the
thin man awakes,
While everyone else
dreams of their take.
The nut will get paid, we
hope to get more,
If the fair board don’t
expect us, to give even more.
Then out of the dark
there arose such a clatter,
I thought it a beef, but
what did that matter.
I jumped from my cot
under the stage,
To see a large man run
from the animal cage.
He was clothed in a cloak
all covered with red,
I thought it was blood
and soon he’d be dead.
I stood all amazed as I
watched when he passed,
Jolly Old Elf, he could run really fast.
Ducked into the cookhouse in
a flash did he,
Emerging with corndogs and
Coke I could see.
He then took a ball from the dunk-em's backyard,
And knocked down the cats with a pitch thrown very hard;
Tripped on a guyrope and swore loud and hard.
For he'd broken his pipe, 'cause he'd let down his guard.
Composing himself like a grand talker would,
He lept to the bally as fast as he could.
Looking around, he picked up a sword,
Tried to swallow, but nicked his voice cord.
On down the midway he spied a weight scale,
He stepped aboard and I saw those springs sail.
His reindeer by the pie
tent were making a mess,
But I found it most amusing, I must confess.
When the cook woke up
early, to bake up his best,
With a loud OH MY GOSH!,
I stepped in that mess.
Hurry along, don't dilly or
Be back in enough time to make the
With a wink
and a nod, a cough and a hurl,
He removed the
old sword, with a twist and a whirl.
He jumped from
the stage and run up the lot, climbed onto the Jenny
with excitement he did trot.
Then down off
the horse and into the seat of the great round Eli Wheel so
the stars he could meet.
Not a beef to
be heard, not a bad word was said, As the little Old Elf
round the corner with his sled.
Christmas tonight to all that sleep here and best wishes to
you as you start your New Year.
upcoming season be the best ever yet, and in just a short
jump from where you will rest.
Follow the arrows it's all downhill to
the next spot, Merry Christmas from Sideshow World
Please feel free to email me a few verses
to add to this Christmas Greeting
- AKA Utah Showman