Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

What is the origin of liar liar pants on fire?

6 Answers

  • holly
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    “Liar, liar, pants on fire. Hangin’ on a telephone wire!” is a paraphrased version of the 1810 poem “The Liar” by William Blake.

    Deceiver, dissembler

    Your trousers are alight

    From what pole or gallows

    Shall they dangle in the night?

    When I asked of your career

    Why did you have to kick my rear

    With that stinking lie of thine

    Proclaiming that you owned a mine?

    When you asked to borrow my stallion

    To visit a nearby-moored galleon

    How could I ever know that you

    Intended only to turn him into glue?

    What red devil of mendacity

    Grips your soul with such tenacity?

    Will one you cruelly shower with lies

    Put a pistol ball between your eyes?

    What infernal serpent

    Has lent you his forked tongue?

    From what pit of foul deceit

    Are all these whoppers sprung?

    Deceiver, dissembler

    Your trousers are alight

    From what pole or gallows

    Do they dangle in the night?

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Liar Liar Pants For Hire

  • nrendr
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Liar Liar Pants On Fire

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    liar liar pants on fire hangin at the top of the telephone wire

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  • 7 years ago

    "Liar, liar, pants on fire", was a misunderstanding by a child whose father was yelling at a republican speaker, who seemed to be placating his audience. What the father actually said was, " LIAR, LIAR, PACIFIER!"

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    There is no such poem by William Blake. I checked the Blake Archive. Unless you have a specific reference that overrides this, I think we can safely judge this to be akin to an urban myth.

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