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WHOM SHALL I MARRY?

SOLDIER BRAVE, SAILOR TRUE,
SKILLED PHYSICIAN, OXFORD BLUE,
LEARNED LAWYER, SQUIRE SO HALE,
DASHING AIRMAN, CURATE PALE.

Data entry tech comment: SIMILAR TO GAME PLAYED ON BUTTONS OF DRESS OR COAT
CALLED "DOCTOR, LAWYER, MERCHANT, THIEF?"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN NIGHTM SAILOR'S DELIGHT;
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS VERSE MEANS-IT WILL BE BREEZY, AND CLEAR TOMMORROW IF THE SKY
IS RED AT SUNSET, AND THE DAY WILL BE OVERCAST AND UNPREDICTABLE
IF THE MORNING SKY IS RED.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001970S

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT,
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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POPULAR SAYING

DON'T COME IN THE WORLD,
BACKWARDS

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Date learned: 09-00-1974

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY AT NIGHT SAILOR'S DELIGHT. RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS
TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment:

TAUGHT TO ME WHEN I WAS A KID.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

STEP ON A LINE,
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S SPINE.

Submitter comment: FROM THE CHILDREN IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): SIDEWALK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001964 (SUMMER)

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EASTER EGG CRACK

A TRADITION OF THE GREEKS AT EASTER IS THE EGG CRACK. EVERYONE GETS
A RED EGG WHICH THEY HIT AGAINST ANOTHER. IF ONE CRACKS, HE IS OUT
AND THE ONE THAT REMAINS WHOLE IS KEPT FOR SEVEN YEARS, AND
THEN IT CAN BE BROKEN. IT MUST BE A RED EGG BECAUSE RED REPRESENTS
CHRIST'S BLOOD AND THE CRACK REPRESENTS COMING OUT OF SORROW OF HIS
DEATH AND THE JOY OF HIS RISING. THIS TRADITION GOES BACK TO THE DAYS
OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment: WHEN MY NEIGHBOR TOLD ME THIS STORY, I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS A TERRIFIC
ONE. IT HAD SO MUCH MEANING TO IT. SHE REMEMBERED DOING IT WHEN SHE
WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- P681 P681.1
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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PROVERB

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY.

Submitter comment: FROM-UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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STEP ON A CRACK AND YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK,
STEP ON A LINE AND YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S SPINE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SAID WHEN TWO PEOPLE WERE WALKING ALONG TRYING
TO AVOID STEPPING ON THE LINES AND CRACKS OF THE
SIDEWALK. IT SOON TURNED INTO A GAME TO SEE WHO STEPPED
ON THE MOST LINES AND CRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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WEAR OUT YOUR TOE, YOU SPEND AS YOU GO;
WEAR OUT YOUR HEEL, YOU SPEND A GOOD DEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; SAINT MARYS

James Callow Keyword(s): THRIFT

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

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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STIR WITH A KNIFE, AND YOU STIR UP STRIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

STEP ON A CRACK,
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: FROM-UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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SHORT AND THICK
DOES THE TRICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CHANT

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY,
COME AGAIN SOME OTHER DAY.

Submitter comment: FROM-UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE DEADLY SIDEWALK

STEP ON A CRACK YOU BREAK (YOUR MOTHER'S OR ANYONE NAMED)
BACK.
STEP ON A LINE YOU BREAK (NAME) SPINE.

Submitter comment: THIS CHANT WAS SUNG WHILE WALKING DOWN THE PAVEMENT AND
GREAT CARE WAS TAKEN TO MISS ALL LINES AND CRACKS IN THE
SIDEWALK (UNLESS YOU WISHED TO HARM SOMEONE IN THE
FANTASY & THEN THE CRACKS AND LINES WERE AIMED FOR).
I RECALL THE VERSE FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD BUT FROM NO
SPECIFIC INFORMANT.

Where learned: EARLY CHILDHOOD

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

Date learned: EARLY CHILDHOOD

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CHARMING PIN

SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY
BAD LUCK YOU WILL HAVE THAT DAY.
SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THAT DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: (LEARNED FROM) HER MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; PURCHASING DEPARTMENT

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

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: SHE DID NOT BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1978 ; 00-00-1985

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT
RED SKY IN THE MORNING, SAILOR TAKE WARNING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C860

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