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Halfway Down the Stairs
Halfway Down the Stairs is a song sung by Peter Griffin in the episode "New Phone, Who Dis?"/"You Can't Handle the Booth!". It was originally a written poem by A.A Milne, simply titled "Halfway Down" in the 1924 book collection, When We Were Very Young. Musical composer Harold Fraser-Simon adapted the poem into music, as he did with many of his other works. In the 1974 episode of "The Muppet Show", season one's thirteenth episode, "Harvey Korman", the song was sung by the character, Robin the Frog, (Kermit's nephew) and in 2019, Family Guy featured this song in their seventeenth season's sixteenth episode, "You Can't Handle the Booth!", being sung by Peter Griffin, as an homage to Robin's rendition of the classic poem song. However, in said episode, the song was corrupted by overlapping dialogue and the clean cut version of the song was featured again, the following year in the 2020 episode, "New Phone, Who Dis?", Season 18, Episode 8.

Lyrics

Halfway down the stairs is the stair where I sit.
There isn't any other stair quite like it.
I'm not at the bottom. I'm not at the top.
So, this is the stair, where I'll always stop.
Halfway up the stairs isn't up. And isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery. It isn't in the town,
And all sorts of funny thoughts run 'round my head.
It isn't really anywhere. It's somewhere else instead.
Halfway down the stairs is the stair where I sit.
There isn't any other stair quite like it.
I'm not at the bottom. I'm not at the top.
So, this is the stair, where I'll always stop.

Trivia

  • Like The Muppet Show's cover of the song, Peter's version of the song doesn't quote the original poem word-for-word, making a few changes to the words, in order to better fit the flow of the song.
    • For the original poem, see here.
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