This rhyme has gone on for years – Dave Barry writes about hearing it at camp when he was a kid (That would have been, what, the late 1950s?)
Listen my children and you shall hear
of the midnight run of Paul Revere
Out of the bed and onto the floor
fifty yard dash to the bathroom door
Hasten, Jason, get the basin
too late, get the mop.
This particular version was recorded by Sherman in the early 1980s. The last two few lines (starting with “Hasten, Jason”) are mentioned by the Knapps (see the book in the sidebar) as having been current in the 1930s, but they don’t say whether it was part of a longer rhyme.
Plenty of variations of this go around, but mostly minor ones, from what I’ve found. I always imagined there must have been a longer version out there. Did you hear a more complete one? Tell me before I write it myself!