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WEATHER PROVERB

POLISH: JAK NA GROMNICZNEJ MROZ, TO LADUJ CHLOPIE WOZ.
TRANSLATION: IF ON CANDLEMAS DAY (FEB. 2) THERE'S FROST, MAN
START FIXING UP YOUR WAGON.
(IN WINTER SLEIGHS ARE USED; THEREFORE, THIS MEANS THAT SPRING IS
COMING.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- P0202

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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WEATHER PROVERBS

POLISH: PO SWIETEJ DOROCIE, WYSECHNIE KOSZULA NA PLOCIE.
TRANSLATION: AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY, THE SHIRT WILL DRY ON
THE FENCE.
(THIS MEANS THAT WARMER WEATHER AND SPRING WILL SOON BE HERE.)
THE FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY IS FEBRUARY 4TH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 4
BELIEF -- P0204

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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WEATHER PROVERB

POLISH: JAK NA BOZE NARODZENIE PO WODZIE, TO NA WIELKANOC PO LODZIE.
TRANSLATION: IF AT CHRISTMAS YOU'RE GOING OVER WATER, THEN ON EASTER
IT WILL BE OVER ICE.
(IF IT'S A WARM WINTER, PLAN ON A COLD SPRING.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions

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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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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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PROVERB

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): SUNSET, DAWN

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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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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SAILORS

PINK SKY IN THE MORNING--SAILOR'S WARNING
PINK SKY AT NIGHT--SAILOR'S DELIGHT.

Where learned: APARTMENT

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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WEATHER

THUNDER BEFORE SEVEN, RAIN BEFORE ELEVEN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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RAIN BEFORE SEVEN, SHINEY AT ELEVEN.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Human condition and activities

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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HAZY MOON, RAIN SOON.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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WEATHER

IF A RED SKY AT NIGHT,
A SAILOR'S DELIGHT. (GOOD WEATHER THE NEXT DAY).
IF A RED SKY IN THE MORNING,
A SAILOR'S WARNING. (BAD WEATHER IS COMING).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 04-02-1967

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WEATHER FORECAST: SKY

RED SKY IN THE MORNING, SAILOR'S TAKE WARNING,
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S TAKE DELIGHT.
THIS IS A METHOD USED BY SAILORS AND BELIEVED TO BE TRUE
IN FORECASTING THE WEATHER. THIS WOULD HELP THE SAILORS
IN PLANNING THEIR UPCOMING ACTIVITIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED THIS SAYING AND HEARD MANY OTHERS SAY IT
AND HOLD IT AS TRUTH WHEN HE WAS IN THE NAVY DURING
WORLD WAR II.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-01-1971

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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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WEATHER SUPERSTITION

RED AT NIGHT SHEPARDS DELIGHT; RED AT MORNING SHEPARDS WARNING.

Submitter comment: THE "RED" REFERS TO THE TINT OF THE SKY. I HAVE HEARD THIS SAYING
EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WEATHER PREDICTION

RAIN BEFORE SEVEN, QUITS BEFORE ELEVEN.

Submitter comment: USE OF RHYME WITH THE WORDS SEVEN AND ELEVEN AND REPETITION OF THE
WORD BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND LEDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.465
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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RED SKY IN THE MORNING
SAILORS TAKE WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT
SALIOR'S DELIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

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Belief: Weather

A RED SKY AT NIGHT
IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RED SKY IN MORNING
MAKES A SAILOR TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TAUGHT TO ME BY MY MOTHER. I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS USUALLY
TRUE.
COLOR

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

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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