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Entry from July 16, 2016
“What’s better than roses on your piano?"/"Tulips on your organ.”

The organ has been the subject of many sex jokes. One popular pun is:

Q; What’s better than roses on your piano?
A: Tulips on your organ.


The oral sex joke has been cited in print since at least 1981.

“What’s worse than spiders on your piano?"/"Crabs on your organ” is a similar riddle.


Google Books
Players and Pretenders:
The Basketball Team That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

By Charles Rosen
New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
1981
Pg. 21:
“But listen to this: What’s better than a rose on your piano?”

“I give up.”

“Tulips on your organ!”

Google Books
The Thoroughly Tasteful Dirty Joke Book
By Shelli Sonstein
New York, NY: Stein and Day
1984
Pg. 28:
“What’s better than roses on your piano?”
“Tulips on your organ.”

Google Groups: net.jokes
a few jokes - (nf)
r...@hpcnoa.uucp
1/5/84
#R:ihuxe:-45600:hpcnoa:20800010:000:194
hpcnoa!rdg Jan 2 09:49:00 1984
Anyone can get jokes out of a book.

In this case, “Truly Tasteless Jokes, Vol. 2”

Now for a joke::::::::::

What’s better than roses on your piano?
Tulips on your organ!

Google Groups: rec.humor
Funky stuff - part 72
Henry Cate IX
10/24/90
(...)
Q: Whats worse than lobsters on your piano?
A: Crabs on your organ.
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Q: What’s better than a rose on your piano?
A: Tulips on your organ.

Google Groups: rec.humor
What’s better than roses on a piano?
Handel Low
10/3/92
In article <1992Oct1.2...@gumby.dsd.trw.com> (Maurice E. Suhre) writes:
>In article <1afip7...@early-bird.think.com> paco ojeda writes:
>>What’s better than roses on a piano?
>
>Reminds me:
>
>What’s worse than having a beetle on your piano?
>
>Having a crab on your organ. 

The one I heard was “Tulips on your organ”

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Piano joke
Jesse Montrose
8/26/93
michael andrew holthouse () wrote:

: In article <1993Aug20....@monu6.cc.monash.edu.au> (Rude Red Rob (Blaney)) writes:
: >Q:  What’s worse than a dead cat on your piano?
: >A:  An infected pussy on your organ!
:  Or…
:  What’s worse than lobsters on your piano?
:  Crabs on your organ!

Or…
What’s BETTER than roses on your piano?
Tulips on your organ!

Twitter
Mandy
‏@BuildingChick
@stevewhitaker : Your joke for the day: What’s better than roses on a piano? Tulips on your organ… HA HA Lame but effective-feel better!
7:01 AM - 21 Jan 2008

Google Groups: alt.sex
Roses on your piano are fine, but nothing beats tulips on your organ.
121Heaven
4/14/08
I love oral sex guys.

Twitter
Hillary
‏@MissMaestro624
“What’s better then Roses on your Piano? Tulips on your Organ!
~Rasaan tehe
4:06 PM - 12 Jul 2008

Google Books
Classic Book of Rude Jokes:
Crass Humor for the Discriminating Jokester

By Scott McNeely
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC
2013
Pg. 117:
Q: What’s better than a rose on your piano?
A: Tulips on your organ.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Saturday, July 16, 2016 • Permalink