Lyrical flight of fancy

Ruthie in One Big Happy is really good at getting the general shape of lyrics to songs, through a bunch of verses, but she falls down on most of the details. Today’s strip:

If this had come from Walt (“Deck the halls with Boston Charlie”) Kelly or Bill (“My funny serpentine”) Griffith, we would think of it as inspired nonsense, a wonderful burlesque, but when it comes from a kid, we see it as goofy ineptitude. Ok, ok, a child in a comic strip, not a real child.

Wicker Wonderland,
Where the tree toads kissed him,
To eat meatballs in the snow…

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