Personal note: I learned this one a very long time ago, and it has stuck with me over the decades, popping up almost always with no need to go back and review it. I like it for the same screwball reasons I like The Twins and One Day While Walking On the Stair.

Laura Richards

See also the printable, pocketable PDF
and the vocal presentation
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Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant --
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone --
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)

Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee --
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)