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Johnny Verbeck

Sent in by Ronald Oakes (

The version/title I have always heard (and taught) is Johnny

There was a little Dutch man, his name was Johnny Verbeck.
He was dealer is Sausages, Sauerkraut and Spec.
{I can't remember the next line or two}
{until?} he invented his Wonderful Sausage Machine


Mister, Mister Johnny Verbeck,
How could you be so mean,
I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine
Now all the neighbors cats and dogs will never more be seen,
They've all be ground to sausage in Mister Verbeck's Machine.

One day a little Dutch boy came into the store
He bought a pound of sausages, and piled them on the floor
Then he began to whistle, and whistled up a tune,
And all those little sausages began to dance around the room.


One day the machine got busted, the darned thing wouldn't go.
So Johnny Verbeck climed in to see what made that so
His wife was having a nightmare, and walking in her sleep,
She gave the crank and awful yank and Mister Verbeck was



The above is from memory (explaining the missing line in the
first verse).

Another version sent in by M.Monostori, scoutmaster troop

There was a little Dutchman, his name was Johnnie
He was a dealer in sausages and sauerkrout and spec.
He made the finest sausages that ever you did see.
But one day he invented a wonderful sausage machine.


Oh, Mister Johnnie Verbeck, How could you be so mean ?
I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine.
All the neighbors' cats and dogs will never more be seen.
For they'll be ground to sausages in Johnnie Verbeck's

One day a little fat boy came walking in the store.
He bought a pound of sausage and piled them on the floor.
The boy began to whistle and he whistled up a tune.
And all the little sausages went dancing 'round the room.

One day the meat inspector came knocking at the door,
He said, "I've come to check your shop, or give me money more
Johnnie got real angry and pushed him in the meat,
He fired up the old machine and now there's more to eat.

One day there was a shortage, there was no meat to grind.
So Johnnie called the city pound to see what he could find.
They said, "We're out of business, we keep the strays no
"But we'll sent all future finds directly to your door."

One day a scouter leader, he had a brilliant thought.
He'd spend the cash in Johnnies's store for meat the he had
"Mexican Lasagna", the recipe did read.
The ironey was that the taste was fabulous, indeed !

Have you ever wondered, when you go to camp,
the food is good and plentiful, and never gives a cramp.
But early in the morning you'll see the trucker go,
and lettered on the driver's door is "Johnnie Verbeck & Co."

One day the machine got busted and the blamed thing wouldn't
So Johnnie Verbeck, he climbed inside to see what made it
His wife, she had a nightmare and walking in her sleep,
She gave the crank an awful yank and Johnnie Verbeck was