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EENERTY, FEENERTY, FITHERTY, FEG;
ELL, DELL, DOME-IN-EGG;
IRKY, BIRKY, STARRY-ROCK;
ANN, TAN, TWO'S JOCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SAID TO DETERMINE WHO WAS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

I'M GOING DOWNTOWN TO SMOKE MY PIPE,
AND I WON'T BE BACK 'TIL SATURDAY NIGHT.
I'LL WHIP YOU BLACK, I'LL WHIP YOU BLUE,
ESPECIALLY YOU, (UNDERLINE YOU), MY DAUGHTER SUE.

Submitter comment: USED TO CHOOSE "IT."

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS ALSO PART OF WITCH GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO,
THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATOE,
SEVEN POTATO, ORR.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME IS USED TO DETERMINE WHO GETS TO GO FIRST, IN
JUMPING ROPE. THE WAY THAT IT IS DONE IS THAT ALL THAT
ARE PLAYING PUT IN A HAND AND A LEADER CALLS OUT THIS
RHYME, AND AT EACH NUMBER TOUCHES THE HAND OF ONE
PERSON. AT ORR, THE HAND WHO IS TOUCHED IS OUT.
THIS IS CONTINUED UNTIL ONLY ONE REMAINS, AND SHE IS
THE ONE WHO GOES FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO,
THREE POTATO, ORE
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO,
SEVEN POTATO, ORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.

Submitter comment: (USING FISTS TO COUNT OUT) EACH PERSON MAKES TWO FISTS
AND THE LEADER GOES AROUND THE CIRCLE SAYING ONE WORD OF
RHYME FOR EACH FIST. THE FIST TOUCHED ON "OR" IS OUT.
LAST PERSON WITH A FIST REMAINING IS "IT" FOR THE GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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BEFORE A GAME, TO CHOOSE WHO IS "IT" OR WHO GOES
FIRST, ALL INTENDING TO PLAY PUT ONE FOOT INTO A
CIRCLE. A DESIGNATED PERSON (FOOT ALSO IN) SAYS
THE FOLLOWING WHILE TAPPING CLOCKWISE OR COUNTER-
CLOCKWISE AROUND THE CIRCLE, TAPPING A FOOT AT
EACH WORD:
BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH,
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
THE PERSON WHOSE FOOT IS TAPPED SAYS AN ARBITRARY
NUMBER. THE PERSON TAPPING THEN BEGINS COUNTING
WITH THE NEXT PERSON'S FOOT AND CONTINUES UP TO THE
NUMBER GIVEN. SHE CONTINUES TAPPING SAYING, "AND
YOU ARE NOT IT." THE PERSON WHOSE FOOT IS TAPPED,
PUTS HIS FOOT OUT. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL THERE IS
ONE LEFT. SHE IS "IT" OR GOES FIRST, DEPENDING ON
WHAT THE PURPOSE WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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BEFORE A GAME, TO CHOOSE WHO IS "IT" OR WHO GOES FIRST,
ALL INTENDING TO PLAY PUT ONE FOOT INTO A CIRCLE. A
DESIGNATED PERSON (FOOT ALSO IN) SAYS THE FOLLOWING
WHILE TAPPING WITH HER FINGER EACH FOOT AS SHE GOES
AROUND THE CIRCLE:
MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING OUT CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS HER BLOOD?
THE PERSON WHOSE FOOT IS TAPPED SAYS AN ARBITRARY
COLOR. THE PERSON TAPING THEN BEGINS SPELLING THE
COLOR, SAYING ONE LETTER ON EACH FOOT UNTIL THE
WHOLE WORD IS SPELLED. SHE CONTINUES TAPPING, SAYING
"AND YOU ARE NOT IT." THE PERSON WHOSE FOOT IS
TAPPED, PUTS HIS FOOT OUT. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL
THERE IS ONE LEFT. SHE IS "IT" OR GOES FIRST,
DEPENDING ON WHAT THE PURPOSE WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001960'S

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COUNT OUT RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER 9
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE
IF THE TRAIN JUMPS OFF THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
(ANSWER YES, NO OR MAYBE)
(BLANK) SPELLS (BLANK)
AND YOU ARE NOT "IT"
THIS RHYME WORKS LIKE ALL COUNT-OUT RHYMES. THE CHILD
PICKED ON"BACK" ANSWERS YES," "NO," OR "MAYBE." THAT
WORD IS SPELLED OUT (EXAMPLE:Y-E-S ETC.) AND THE
CHILD TOUCHED ON "IT" IS OUT. CONTINUE RHYME UNTIL
ONE CHILD IS LEFT AND HE IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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INCA, BINKA, BOTTLE OF INK.
CORK FELL OUT AND YOU STINK

Submitter comment: EACH CHILD PUTS ONE FOOT IN A CIRCLE. THE RHYME GOES
IN A CIRCLE AND THE CHILD TOUCHED ON "STINK" IS OUT,
AND "NOT IT." THE RHYME CONTINUES UNTIL ONE CHILD
IS LEFT AND HE IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-13-1972

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ITALIAN COUNT OUT RHYME

PA, LUM, BELLA, SUPPA, SUPPA;
QUANTA, PENA, LAVA, COPA;
AY, LEVA, VENTA, QUA;
UNO, DUA, TREA, QUAT.
HIS GRANDMOTHER PLAYS IT WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN. EACH
CHILD PUTS HIS TEN FINGERS OUT AND THE GRANDMOTHER
STARTS AROUND SAYING ONE WORD FOR EACH FINGER. ON
"QUAT" THAT CHILD MUST PUT THAT FINGER DOWN. TH
CHILDREN WITH ALL THEIR FINGERS DOWN GET CANDY AND THE
CHILD WITH ANY FINGERS STILL UP GETS HIS HANDS SLAPPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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TO DETERMINE WHO'S "IT," ALL GET IN A CIRCLE, HOLDING
OUT BOTH FISTS, THUMBS UP. ONE PERSON GOES AROUND
TO EACH WITH HIS FIST CLENCHED, HITTING EACH OF
THEIR FISTS IN ROTATION, CHANTING:
BIDDY, BIBBIDY, SIBIDDY, SAB,
IBIDDY, BIBBIDY, KANOBBO.
THE LAST PLAYER TO HAVE AN OUTSTRETCHED FIST IS"IT,"
MUCH IN THE FASHION OF EENIE-MEANIE, MYNIE....

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BUBBLEGUM, BUBBLEGUM IN A DISH
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S YOUNGEST SISTER, AND THIS IS
A VERSE TO DETERMINE WHO IS IT IN A GAME BY COUNTING
FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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MICKEY MOUSE BUILT A HOUSE,
HOW MANY BRICKS DID HE USE?

Submitter comment: WE USED TO USE THIS VERSE TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD BE
IT FOR A GAME BY COUNTING THE PLAYER'S FEET.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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EENIE, MEENIE, TOOTSA, TEENIE,
OUGA, GOBALEENIE;
OTCHIE, POTCHIE, GUMA, LOTCHIE,
OUT GOES Y-O-U.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES PRACTICE THIS COUNTING-OU RHYME NOW AT
HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LIVONIA, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR.
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.

Submitter comment: EVERYBODY PUTS OUT BOTH HANDS. ONE PERSON SAYS THIS
RHYME, HITTING EACH PERSON'S HAND AS HE GOES ALONG.
THE HAND HIT ON THE WORD "OR" IS ELIMINATED. PLAY
IS CONTINUED UNTIL ALL BUT ONE HAND IS ELIMINATED.
THAT PERSON IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER, HANGING OUT THE CLOTHES,
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD? MM(E.G. BLUE)
B-L-U-E SPELLS BLUE, AND YOU ARE NOT IT.

Submitter comment: THE PROCESS CONTINUES UNTIL ALL BUT ONE CHILD IS
ELIMINATED. THAT CHILD IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 02-21-1971

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IN YOUTH GAMES, WHEN CHOOSING TEAMS, EVERY PLAYER
WOULD PUT ONE FOOT, TOES FIRST, IN A CIRCLE. ONE
PERSON WOULD TOUCH EACH FOOT IN A CIRCULAR ROTATION
SAYING: MY MOTHER SAID TO CHOOSE THE VERY BEST ONE AND
YOU ARE NOT IT.
ONE WORD WAS ASSIGNED TO EACH FOOT. THE PERSON DESIGNATED
AS IT REMOVED THEIR FOOT AND THE COUNT CONTINUED. EACH
"IT" WAS PLACED ALTERNATELY ON DIFFERENT TEAMS.

Submitter comment: MANY VARIATIONS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING UP CLOTHES, --1ST PERSON
MY MOTHER SOCKED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN THE NOSE,
WHAT COLOR WAS HER BLOOD?
(COLOR EXAMPLE: BLUE--2ND PERSON)
B-L-U-E SPELLS BLUE AND OUT YOU GO. -- 1ST PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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IN YOUTH GAMES, WHEN CHOOSING TEAMS, EVERY PLAYER WOULD
PUT ONE FOOT, TOES FIRST, IN A CIRCLE. ONE PERSON WOULD
TOUCH EACH FOOT IN CIRCULAR ROTATION SAYING:
ONE POTATO, (FIRST FOOT) TWO POTATO (2ND FOOT), THREE
POTATO (THIRD FOOT), FOUR
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, OR.
THE PERSON DESIGNATED AS "OR" WOULD REMOVE FOOT FROM
CIRCLE AND THE COUNT WOUL CONTINUE. EACH "OR" WOULD
ALTERNATELY BE PLACED ON OPPOSITE TEAMS.

Submitter comment: MANY VARIATIONS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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EENIE, MEENIE, MINIE, MO,
CATCH A NIGGER BY THE TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO.
EENIE, MEENIE, MINIE, MO.
MY MOTHER SAYS TO CHOOSE THE VERY BEST ONE.
OUT GOES Y-O-U.

Submitter comment:

IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT A VARIANT OF THIS VERSE
WHICH IS SUNG BY THE NEGRO CHILD IS "CATCH A TIGER BY
THE TOE" RATHER THAN "CATCH A NIGGER BY THE TOE."
ORIGIN: MY MOTHER, FLORENCE KAGINSKI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
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