“The house that jack built”, inside out

Friday, 17th August, 2012

I’ve often thought that “The house that Jack built” would be better inside out.

For convenience, here is the final verse of the original (from the Wikipedia):

This is the farmer sowing his corn
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn
That woke the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

Here are two inside out versions.  The second is “condensed” so, instead of “the farmer sowing his corn”, just “the farmer”. I prefer the condensed version.

** inside out, full

This is the farmer sowing his corn.

This is the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke.

This is the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married.

This is the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked.

This is the dog the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked tossed.

This is the cat the dog the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried.

This is the rat the cat the dog the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed.

This is the malt the rat the cat the dog the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed ate.

This is the house the malt the rat the cat the dog the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed ate lay in.

This is Jack, the man the house the malt the rat the cat the dog the cow with the crumpled horn the maiden all forlorn the man all tattered and torn the priest all shaven and shorn the cock that crowed in the morn the farmer sowing his corn kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed ate lay in was built by.

** inside out, condensed

This is the farmer.

This is the cock the farmer kept.

This is the priest the cock the farmer kept woke.

This is the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married.

This is the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed.

This is the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked.

This is the dog the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked tossed.

This is the cat the dog the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried.

This is the rat the cat the dog the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed.

This is the malt the rat the cat the dog the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed ate.

This is the house the malt the rat the cat the dog the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed ate lay in.

This is Jack, the man the house the malt the rat the cat the dog the cow the maiden the man the priest the cock the farmer kept woke married kissed milked tossed worried killed ate lay in was built by.

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