Great Lionel was a lion tamer, bold and true
Star of circus, daredevil of sawdust ring
Bravery second to none, hero renowned.
Introduced by ringmaster stepped into the ring
Wearing red satin tights, vest, and black boots
Cracking whip, pistol on hip, haughty and proud
Entered cage with contemptuous grin
Facing three lions and grumpy old lioness.
Audience cheered and Great Lionel waved
Cracked whip and three lions obeyed
Leaping upon barrels sat quiet and still
But lioness she refused, sullen and hungry
Wanting her dinner she ate Great Lionel
Leaving only whip and black leather boots.