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
and
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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15 Comments

  1. Anonymous

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

    Newcastle, UK
    1980-90's

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  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

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  3. Anonymous

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

    South Africa (late 1960s and 1970s)

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  4. Anonymous

    Canada, early 2000

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

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  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

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  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

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  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)

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  8. Lexington Kennedy

    Liar liar pants on fire
    i like cats
    meow

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  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)

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  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

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  11. Unknown

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

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  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)

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  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…..” :)

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  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.

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  15. Vanessa

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

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