THE CORN IS AS HIGH AS AN ELEPHANTS EYE
Meaning: The corn is really tall
Origin: Originally from lyrics in Rogers and Hammerstein’s song Oh What a Beautiful Morning, from the musical Oklahoma.
So where did “knee high by fourth of July or the addition “by the fourth of July” come from?
From what I can find, back in the days of 40 bushel corn, knee high by the fourth of July was the goal, now you are doing something wrong if it not starting to tassel by July in the southern corn belt.
The addition of “buy the 4th of July” to “High as an Elephants Eye” likely has more to do with it rhyming well than an actual reason.
Happy Independence Day!
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