Posted by James Briggs on May 02, 2005
In Reply to: Played upon a razor posted by DRC on May 02, 2005
: : What is the origin of the phrase "he played upon a Razor" in the old nursery rhyme "There was a man in another town" or another version of the rhyme is "Aikendrum"? But both have this curious idea of "playing upon a razor"... presumably (but not necessarily) as a musical instrument. The rhyme, at least, dates back to late 1700's.
: Could it have anything to do with the phrases "On a razor's edge"?
If you go to http://ingeb.org/songs/aikendru.html
the words of the rhyme are all there. It seems that one man plyed a ladle and and another a razor, with the razor player coming to a sticky end with some haggis. To me,there's no logic behing either ladle or razor.