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There Once was a Man From Nantucket

We all are familiar with this famous song. Are you interested in knowing where it all began? Let us have a look and discuss this very famous limerick “there once was a man from Nantucket”. The very initial series of the four-limerick mentioned below appeared in the June 14, 1924 edition of a Nantucket newspaper.

Princeton Tiger introduced this very famous limerick and printed it. Later on, the Chicago Tribune came up with the second limerick. After which, the New York Exchange answered with the third limerick, and then Pawtucket Times took it ahead from there;

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all of his cash in a bucket,
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

But he followed the pair to Pawtucket,
The man and the girl with the bucket;
And he said to the man,
He was welcome to Nan,
But as for the bucket, Pawtucket.

Then the pair followed Pa to Manhasset,
Where he still held the cash as an asset,
But Nant and the man
Stole the money and ran,
And as for the bucket, Manhasset.

Of this story, we hear from Nantucket,
About the mysterious loss of a bucket,
We are sorry for Nan,
As well as the man—
The cash and the bucket, Pawtucket.

And there’s this series of 7 rather romantic imaginings…

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all his cash in a bucket,
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

But traces of guilt
Tainted the life that they’d built
Using money they’d stolen from her dad
And before long she saw the man was a cad
So her heart then took a new tilt.

On the way back to the isle
Without even the trace of a smile
She prayed that her Pa would be kind
And forgive her for being so blind
And to fall for that awful man’s guile.

A thing about love one mustn’t forget
Sometimes it’s just a bad bet
And it always requires
That one respects one’s sires
And the father lets go of regret.

So the daughter came home to ACK
With the nearly full bucket in her sack
And the family let out a big cheer
To welcome her home without fear
She’d ever again fall off track.

And now a long time since that day
You’ll see her at work or play
With a handsome young man at her side
Because Fate gave her a chance to abide
And soon become that man’s bride.

The thing about heartache is to pluck it
So like a lime you just suck it
She learned from her error
That nothing’s a real terror
As long as one’s back on Nantucket.

And another new chapter…
But Pa’s true wealth is stashed in Poughkeepsie,
Where he spends it on women and whiskey;
So Nan and her Man
Got the bucket, as planned,
But as for the fortune, Poughkeepsie
< by Joseph E. Toole, Carmel, IN>

There once was a man from Nantucket Jokes

He was a very nice man, well loved by all. I think he moved up to Chatham a couple years ago. Really nice guy.

Who decided to shit in a bucket
There was no reason why
It was all by the by
He just saw an opportunity and took it

He saw a pig and wanted to fuck it.
The pig said “I’m queer but not from the rear”
“Come around to the front and I’ll suck it.”

The very latest limerick was written by Ian J. Mclaughlin in September 2020.

There once was a girl from Wauwinet,
Whom I met at the whaling exhibit,
She stole my heart,
Right from the start,
I proposed, and we sailed off on my frigate.

What is a Limerick?

Well, nobody knows the exact origin of limericks. They must be spoken among friends long before they were written down anywhere. The very first version of the limerick was published in the 18th century. Limericks are five funny lines that are funny and rude with the rhyme of AABBA. The very first line of the limerick is used to describe the person or place. Whereas, the later lines depict what the person did or what happened in a place.


Nantucket is basically a town in Massachusetts, USA. It is famous to base a limerick in since it contains several words that one can rhyme with it. The town has got a strong naval history and therefore, people love to visit this place.


Limericks are lick dad jokes that mean to make you smile. They usually are intended to create funny imagery. Limericks are often thought to be humorous and they often join together very unusual thoughts. Limericks are funny and very interesting. You might have many of such limericks on various websites already.

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