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FROM GHOULIES AND GHASTIES,
AND LING LEGGED BEASTIES,
AND ALL THINGS THAT GO THUMP IN THE NIGHT,
THE GOOD LORD PROTECT ME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS RHYME WHILE IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY PRAYER

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
WITH A BAG OF CANDY AT MY FEET.
IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
YOU KNOW I DIED OF A STOMACH ACHE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REST,
TOMORROW I TAKE MY FINAL TEST.
IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
THAT'S ONE LESS TEST I'LL HAVE TO TAKE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.537
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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STAR BELIEF

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH, LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY.
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.
IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE, YOUR
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; GULLEY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CURSE

IT IS AN ITALIAN BELIEF THAT A CURSE CAN BE UNCONSCIOUSLY
WISHED UPON YOU. IF YOU GET THE CURSE, THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN RID
YOURSELF OF IT IS TO HAVE THREE PEOPLE TRY TO GET RID OF IT. THEY
GET RID OF IT BE RECITING A SPECIAL CHANT. THE WORDS TO THE CHANT
CAN ONLY BE LEARNED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO MY INFORMANT BY HER COUSIN IN ITALY. EVERYONE IN
HER FAMILY HAD HEARD OF THE CURSE, BUT NO ONE KNEW THE WORDS TO CURE
IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- Formula

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PRAYER

DEAR ST. PETER, DEAR ST. ANN
PLEASE SEND (GIRL'S NAME)
A HANDSOME MAN

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

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

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
AND COME BACK ANOTHER DAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WISHING DITTY

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT,
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT;
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.

Submitter comment: MUST BE RECITED TO FIRST STAR SEEN FOR WISH TO COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 04-05-1967

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GOOD NIGHT

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT.
DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.
IF THEY DO, PUT THEM IN A STEW
AND GET UP AND EAT THEM AT HALF PAST TWO.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): FOOD ; GORE ; INSECTS ; INTERNAL RHYME ( TWO PAIRS) ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU,
MAY THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK,
MAY THE SUN SHINE WARM UPON YOUR FACE,
AND THE RAINS FALL SOFT UPON YOUR FIELDS.
AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN,
MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.

Submitter comment: PERHAPS THE MOST WIDELY QUOTED IRISH VERSE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; INITIAL ITERATION ; PRAYER ; RHYME: ABCDEF NO RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.322
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHENEVER A GIRL HAS PROBLEMS TRYING TO FIND YOUNG MEN TO GO
OUT WITH SHE SHOULD REPEAT THE FOLLOWING OCCASIONALLY:
"ST. ANNE, ST. ANNE,
PLEASE SEND ME A MAN."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Attraction ; DATING ; Female ; Male ; Patron ; PRAYER ; Saint ; Saint Anne

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY. I WISH
I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.
IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE, YOUR
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; GULLEY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT.
WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT, RECEIVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

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

Date learned: 01-00-1965

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PARODY RHYME

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
BAG OF PEANUTS AT MY FEET.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
TELL THE LORD I DIED OF A STOMACH ACHE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: CA00001968

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SPANISH CUSTOM ; SPANISH VERSE

SANA QUE SANA CULITO DE RANA,
QUE POR LA MANANA YA ESTARA SANA/
GET WELL, GET WELL, LITTLE FROG ASS,
THAT BY MORNING YOU WILL BE ALL RIGHT.
THIS VERSE, IN SPANISH HOUSEHOLDS,
IS REPEATED TO SMALL CHILDREN BY
THEIR FATHER OR MOTHER TO HELP RELIEVE
THE PAIN OF A SMALL INJURY.

Submitter comment: WHEN MY BROTHER AND SISTERS AND I WERE YOUNG AND HAPPENED
TO SKIN A KNEE OR ELBOW OR SOMETHING, MY FATHER
WOULD REPEAT THIS VERSE TO US WHILE PATTING THE KNEE,
ELBOW, ETC. IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE US FEEL BETTER.
HE ALWAYS RECITED IT IN SPANISH, AND I NEVER KNEW THE
TRANSLATION UNTIL RECENTLY.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.750
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PRAYER

COME LORD JESUS, BE OUR GUEST
LET THESE GIFTS TO US BE BLEST
BY HIS HANDS WE ARE FED
GIVE US LORD OUR DAILY BREAD. AMEN

Submitter comment: THIS IS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF BEFORE MEAL PRAYER, AND I THINK THAT I
LIKE IT BETTER THAN THE TRADITIONAL ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

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

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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PRAYER, VERSE CRUCIAL MOMENT OF LIFE.

THANK THE LORD FOR A GIRL SO FINE,
YOU GAVE TO ME TO CALL HER MINE,.
NOW SHE'S GONE, SHE'S NEAR HER THRONE,
AND SHE'LL WAIT TILL I COME HOME.
CHORUS: LORD I LOVE HER, LORD I CRY,
LORD I MISS HER, TILL THE DAY I DIE.
ON THIS EARTH I'LL WORK AND PRAY
TILL GOD COMES AND TAKES ME AWAY,
UP TO HEAVEN HIGH IN THE SKY,
THE PLACE THAT YOU RESERVE FOR YOU AND I } }
CHORUS: LORD I LOVE HER, LORD I CRY,
LORD I MISS HER, TILL THE DAY I DIE.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS TO DO WITH MANY CRUCIAL MOMENTS OF LIFE FROM BIRTH TO DEATH
I FEEL THAT THIS IS A VERY MOVING AND BEATIFUL VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): RYME PROMPTS WRONG CASE: FOR YOU AND I

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.546
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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BLESSING

SOME HAE MEAT
AND CANNA EAT,
AND SOME HAE NONE AND WANT IT
BUT WE HAE MEAT
AND WE CAN EAT,
SO WE SHOULD ALL BE THANKFUL.
THIS WAS A BLESSING WE USED TO SAY BEFORE DINNER.

Where learned: HOME ; OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REST
I PRAY I PASS TOMORROW'S TEST
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE
THAT'S ONE LESS TEST I HAVE TO TAKE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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WISHIHG

STAR LIGHT
STAR BRIGHT
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT
I WISH I MAY
I WISH I MIGHT
I WISH MY WISH COME TRUE TONIGHT.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: CA00001964

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