Liar Liar

Perhaps the best known taunt of them all has several different second lines:

Liar, liar, pants on fire
sitting on a telephone wire

ALternate second lines include:

Hang them on a telephone wire
Nose as long as a telephone wire.

All go back to at least the early 1940s. I suspect that “nose as long as a telephone wire” is the “original,” if only because it makes the most sense.

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  1. Anonymous

    liar liar, pants on fire
    hair sticking up like a telephone wire

    Newcastle, UK

  2. Anonymous

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire
    Hang your britches on a wire
    Hang them high
    Hang them low
    Hang them in a britches show

  3. Anonymous

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire
    Tail as long as a telephone wire

    South Africa (late 1960s and 1970s)

  4. Anonymous

    Canada, early 2000

    Liar, liar, pants on fire
    hanging on a silver wire.

  5. Anonymous

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire
    Hanging on a telephone wire
    Might be pink
    Might be blue
    Might be full of doggy-doo!

    California 1960's

  6. Anonymous

    liar liar pants on fire hanging from a telephone wire<when your there cut your hair and shove down your underwear.canada 1980

  7. Clunette Chicks

    Liar, liar, pants on fire! Bet you can't jump over a telephone wire! (Indiana, USA late 1970's/early 1980's)

  8. Lexington Kennedy

    Liar liar pants on fire
    i like cats

  9. Sharon West

    Liar liar pants on fire
    Hang your britches on a wire
    Hang em high, hang em low
    Hang em on your teacher's nose!

    (Florida/Georgia 1970s-1980s)

  10. Ray Virto

    My cousins came home singing
    " liar liar pants on fire
    Throw your mother into the fire"
    What do you say to that

    (Bakersfield California 2014-2015

  11. Unknown

    liar liar knickers on fire, your tits got caught on the telephone wire. yorkshire, uk (circa 1977)

  12. Michael Kidd

    Liar liar pants on fire
    Show your butt to Canadian Tire
    Canada (2011ish is the furthest back I could find to 2015 when my kid is in school)

  13. Kim Taylor

    I am from Missouri, and my friends agree that it was always,
    “Liar, liar, pants on fire,
    sitting on a telephone wire…..” 🙂

  14. Autumn

    Liar, liar, pants on fire,
    Can’t get through the chicken wire.

    One two three four,
    Can’t get through the kitchen door.
    -Heard from my parents who grew up in rural Indiana in the 60s.

  15. Vanessa

    Liar liar, pants on fire
    Your d*ck is stuck on a telephone wire

  16. Tom

    Liar liar pants on fire
    Bums sticking out of a handsome wire

    (the weired version that caused us to look this up, Bath 2017)

  17. Kellsey

    Liar liar pants on fire
    You make my dick wanna go haywire
    It might be red it might be blue
    but when it’s in you’ll say woo hoo

  18. Mark

    From Akron Ohio playgrounds in the 1970’s:
    Liar liar,
    pants on fire,
    lie so high,
    like a telephone wire.

    I didn’t say it made sense.

  19. Danielle

    Liar liar plants for hire

    (heard on SpongeBob)

  20. Jim henson

    Liar liar pants on fire.
    Hang your butt with a telephone wire

    Trinidad TX November 19th 1836 2:46 pm on a snowy day

  21. Debbie

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire
    Can’t jump over the telephone wire

  22. Angel Laney

    Lia liar pants on fire. Hanging from a telephone wire. I don’t care. They’re floating down the Delaware. Just smile. He comes Mr. crocodile.

  23. Paul

    Liar liar pants on fire
    Hanging from a telephone wire

    2nd line “hanging from a telephone wire” invented in 1973 in Muscatine, Iowa

  24. LP Collins Grad

    California in early 2010s

    Liar Liar Pants on Fire
    Shaving On a Telephone Wire
    While You’re There
    Cut Your Hair
    Put your hair in your underwear*

    *Optional Add on to Ending: I’ll kick your buttocks in the air!*


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