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IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUSH ON THE THROTTLE,
DON'T PULL (DRINK) ON THE BOTTLE.

Submitter comment: A WARNING!

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE CAR ; DRINKING DRUNKENNESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
Food Drink -- N447

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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POLISH PROVERB

AN ACHING FINGER AND A HEADACHE ARE TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR
MISSING SCHOOL.
PALUSZEK I GLOWKA TO SZKOLNA WYMOWKA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (POLISH)

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSENTEEISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

APPLE PIE WITHOUT THE CHEESE
IS LIKE A KISS WITHOUT A SQUEEZE!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM AN ASHTRAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; GO-TOGETHERS MATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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DEVIL'S NECESSITY

ASHES TO ASHES
DUST TO DUST
IF THE LORD WON'T TAKE YOU
THE DEVIL MUST

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COULD REMEMBER HEARING THIS ITEM IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): BURIAL ; INITIAL REPETITION ; PARODY ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

ROGGENBROT MACHT WAGEN ROT. (GERMAN)
DARK BREAD MAKES YOUR CHEEKS RED. (TRANSLATION)

Submitter comment: GERMAN PEASANTS PREFER DARK BREAD. INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS A VERY
OLD PEASANT SAYING THAT SHE HAS SEEN IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY, PAINTED
ON A BOARD AND HUNG ON THE WALLS OF FARMHOUSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; FOOD

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

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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SPRING CHILLS

DON'T CAST YOUR FLOUT TILL MAY IS OOT.

Submitter comment: THIS PROVERB WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.
HARRIET MALLINSON IN HER HOME IN GARY, INDIANA. (CIRCA 1925) HER
MOTHER IN TURN LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER, A MRS. SCOT, AS A CHILD
IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. CK[ ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION
FLOUT=CLOD PLANTING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBIAL VERSE

DO NOTHING, KNOW NOTHING
NIENTE SE TA,
NIENTE SE SA.

Data entry tech comment: ITALIAN PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; PARALLELISM

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

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T TELL ANYONE WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR HOUSE. (TRANSLATION)

Data entry tech comment: POLISH ORIGINAL ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

DON'T TELL AT HOME, FOOL, WHAT HAPPENED IN SCHOOL. (TRANSLATION)

Data entry tech comment: POLISH ORIGINAL ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE THEN GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Color

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-08-1972

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DON'T TRUST BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE THEN TURN YOU DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Color

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VERSE

BE NOT THE FIRST BY WHOM THE NEW IS TRIED
NOR THE LAST TO SET THE OLD ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE
MAKES A MAN HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND WISE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED,
EARLY TO RISE,
HELP ME KEEP
MY FIGURE AND SIZE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; SLIMNESS

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

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; INDUSTRY ; INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PROVERB

EAST IS LEAST;
WEST IS BEST.

Submitter comment: WHEN A PILOT HEARS THIS, HE KNOWS THAT HE MUST FOLLOW THE LAWS OF
THE SKY AND WHEN FLYING TO THE EAST, FLY AT AN ODD THOUSAND PLUS 500
FEET - TO THE WEST TAKE THE EVEN THOUSAND PLUS 500 FEET.
ALTITUDE RULE. ODD IS LEAST BECAUSE THE RULE APPLIES AT AND ABOVE
3000 FEET. 3000 FEET IS THE LEAST OF ALL THE OTHER ALTITUDES WHERE
THIS RULE APPLIES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION

James Callow Keyword(s): AVIATION AIRPLANE ; DIRECTION ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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PROVERB

EASY COME, EASY GO.
(GERMAN) WIE GEWONNEN, SO ZERONNEN.

Submitter comment: IN THE SENSE THAT WHAT ONE HAS GIVEN TO HIM, HE FINDS IT EASY TO
GIVE AWAY. OR IN THE SENSE THAT WHAT WE STRUGGLE FOR, WE HOLD MORE
TENACIOUSLY.
INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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RHYME

EVERY DAY GO OUT OF YOUR WAY
TO TO DO A KIND DEED FOR SOMEONE IN NEED.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARITY ; HELPFULNESS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NEEDLES AND PINS NEEDLES AND PINS
WHEN YOU GET MARRIED YOUR TROUBLES BEGIN

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER REMEMBERS BEING TOLD THIS PROVERB IN HER YOUTH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; MATRIMONY ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- P545.0

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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