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CHILDREN'S RHYME

JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE,
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.
FIRST, HE BLOWS IT GENTLY,
AND THEN HE BLOWS IT ROUGH.
JEREMIAH, PUFF THE FIRE.
PUFF, PUFF, PUFF.

Submitter comment: NO INFORMATION AS TO WHEN THIS WAS USUALLY RECITED.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): INCLUSION, SEXTET, CONTRAST ; INDIRECTION, CHARM, ADVICE ; METER: ROCHEE RHYME: ABCBAB ; ONOMATOPOEIA, REPETITION, REFRAIN ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 11-06-1970

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THREE FOOT AMELA

THREE FOOT AMELA SOUNDS LIKE A THREE FOOTED HORSE. IF YOU HEAR THE
SOUND AND LOOK OUTSIDE MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT SEE YOU OR YOU WILL DIE
THE NEXT NIGHT. YOU MUST NEVER CALL ITS NAME AT NIGHT BECAUSE
SOMETHING WEIRD WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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JAMAICAN CEMETERY BELIEF

IN THE OLD MAROON CEMETERIES WHICH ARE ALL COVERED WITH HUGE
COTTON TREES GROWING, THE SPIRITS OF THE PEOPLE BURIED THERE GATHER
AROUND THE ROOTS AND BRANCHES WHEN THEY TALK. IT SOUNDS LIKE
WHISPERING BECAUSE THE SPIRITS HAVE THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. THE MAROON
WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE HALF ARAWAK INDIAN AND HALF AFRICAN SLAVE.

Submitter comment: THE ARAWAK INDIANS ARE NATIVE OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN SOUTH
AMERICA AND A GREAT PORTION OF THE WEST INDIES INCLUDING JAMAICA.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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INDEX OF TAPE 750002 SIDE B

BROOM
LUCK
THE NUMBER 9 AND 3
OMEN
DREAMS
THROWING TEETH AND BURYING TEETH TO MAKE THEM GROW
LEFT AND RIGHT
LENGTH OF TOES AS OMENS OF PARENTS' DEATH
FINGERS THAT RINGS ARE WORN ON
WIZARDS
BLACK CAT
ONOMATOPOETIC
FLOATING THE WATER LILY FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 22 OF EVERY YEAR

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC FOR TEETH AND TOES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 22
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DID YOU EVER TAKE A WALK ON A HOT SUMMER DAY
DOWN BY THE RIVER JUST TO PASS THE TIME AWAY?
PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKET AND YOUR
POCKETS IN YOUR PANTS, AND WATCH THE LITTLE
FISHEES DO THE HOOTCHIE-HOOTCHIE DANCE.
OH AN OLD CROW FLEW IN A COUNTRY STORE
AND HE PTTTT ON THE COUNTER AND HE PTTTT ON THE
FLOOR, AND HE PTTTT IN THE COFFEE AND HE PTTTT IN
THE TEA. AND IF I HADNA' RUN, HE'D A PTTTT ON ME.
IF FROGS HAD WINGS AND TOADS HAD HAIR
AUTOMOBILES COULD FLY IN THE AIR. IF PUMPKINS
GREW ON WATERMELON VINES, YOU OUGHTA HAVE
SNOW IN THE SUMMERTIME.

PTTTT-DA-DEE-YA-DA-PTTT-DING

Where learned: DEARBORN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRD DUNG ; LUBBERLAND ; MARVELS ; ONOMATOPOEIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C360
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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CHILDREN'S SONG

COO, PIGEON, COO PIGEON
COME FLY FROM YONDER TEMPLE ROOF.
I'LL FEED YOU BEANS, SO EAT UP ALL.
WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED, DON'T FLY AWAY.
SING COO, COO AND PLAY AWHILE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS JAPANESE CHILDREN'S SONG WHILE GROWING
UP IN JAPAN AND TODAY, IN AMERICA, SINGS THEM TO HIS SMALL GRAND-
CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
ACH
ACH WHO
DAMN IT, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU TO QUIT
SNEEZING IN MY FACE.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-09-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
ACH
ACH WHO?
GESUNDHEIT

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF MANY KNOCK-KNOCKS
I TRADED WITH MY FRIENDS BACK IN
ST. GABRIEL GRADE SCHOOL IN DETROIT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
SPEECH -- Formula
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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WHAT IS THE SMARTEST DUCK IN SCHOOL?
WISE QUACKER

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL SOUND

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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RIDDLE

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAIN AND A TEACHER?
ONE SAYS CHOO CHOO AND THE OTHER SAYS THROW AWAY YOUR GUM.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
BOO
BOO WHO?
YOU DON'T HAVE TO CRY ABOUT IT

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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TUNE

IN FRISCO BAY THERE LIVED A WHALE, THEY FED HER OYSTERS BY THE PAIL,
BY BATHTUB BY TEACUP, BY THIMBLE AND BY SCHOONER. HER NAME WAS SARA
AND WHEN SHE SMILES, SHE JUST SHOWED TEETH FOR MILES AND MILES.
AND TONSILS AND SPARERIBS AND THINGS TOO FIERCE TO MENTION
ONE DAY SHE SAILED AWAY TO BERLIN, SHE SAILED AWAY ON THE HEAD OF A
PIN, ON A LAWNMOWER, ON A POGO-STICK AND THINGS THAT TAKE TO WATER.
FROM THAT DAY ON THEY NEVER HEARD A WORD. FROM THAT DAY ON, NEVER
HEARD A WORD, OR A POSTCARD, OR A TELEGRAM OR EVEN LITTLE BUBBLES.
GLUB GLUB

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ELAINE'S FAVORITE SONG SHE SANG AT CAMP. SHE SINGS IT TO
HER LITTLE NIECE, MARIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C230
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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BUMBLEBEE

I'M BRINGING HOME A BABY BUMBLEBEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME, CUZ,
I'M BRINGING HOME A BABY BUMBLEBEE, BUZZZZZZ
OUCH, HE STUNG ME}
I'M SQUISHING OUT A BABY BUMBLEBEE,
WON'T MY MOMMY BE SO PROUD OF ME, CUZ,
I'M SQUISHING OUT A BABY BUMBLEBEE, SQUISHA,
SQUISHA, SQUISHA, I GOT HIM BEFORE HE
GOT ME.
I'M BRINGING HOME A BABY DINOSAUR, WON'T
MY MOMMY FALL ON TO THE FLOOR, CUZ,
I'M BRINGING HOME A BABY DINOSAUR, GOBBLE,
GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE, OOPS HE ATE ME}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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CAMP SONG WHERE OH WHERE

WHERE OH WHERE ARE YOU TONIGHT,
WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME HERE ALL ALONE,
I SEARCHED THE WORLD OVER AND THOUGHT I FOUND TRUE LOVE,
YOU FOUND ANOTHER AND ----- YOU WERE GONE.

Submitter comment: AT THE DASH IN THE LAST LINE, THE SINGER STICKS OUT HER TONGUE AND
MAKES A RASBERRY NOISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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"ONDEL, ONDEL"

THE ONDEL ONDEL IS ACTUALLY DERIVED FROM THE WAJUNG KULIT
OF INDONESIAN CULTURE. BUT WHILE THE WAJANG KULIT IS STATION-
ARY, THE ONDEL ONDEL IS ABLE TO MOVE ABOUT. ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
AN INDONESIAN NATIVE WOULD CARRY A LARGE STICK ON HIS BACK,
THE STICK WAS TWO LARGE PUPPETS. ONE WAS A MAN, THE OTHER
WAS A WOMAN, WALKING ABOUT, THE NATIVE WOULD BOUNCE UP
AND DOWN, CAUSING THE ARMS TO WAVE AROUND. THE NATIVES
DESCRIBED THE SOUNDS AND THE ACTION AS "ONDEL ONDEL".
THE IDEA WAS TO MAKE THE CHARACTERS SO RIDICULIOUS LOOKING,
THAT THEY MADE PEOPLE LAUGH. AS THIS WAS WALKING PAST
YOUR HOME, YOU WOULD PAY THEM A TIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Puppet
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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"POETOE" (WHISTLE CAKE)

A VENDER WOULD WALK THROUGH THE STREETS WITH A STEAM-
ING KETTLE INSIDE ONE OF HIS BASKETS. THE BASKETS HUNG
ON LONG STICK THAT WAS HANGING ON HIS SHOULDERS. WHEN
FINDING A CUSTOMER, THE VENDER WOULD MAKE CAKE IN FRONT
OF HIM. THE KETTLE WOULD HAVE BAMBOO SHOOTS COMING OUT
OF IT. IN MAKING THE CAKE, THE VENDER WOULD PUT IN RICE
FLOUR, AND BROWN SUGAR. AFTER THE CAKE WAS IN THE
BAMBOO SHOOTS FOR A WHILE, THE VENDER PUSHED IT OUT.
THE VENDER WOULD THEN SPRINKLE FLAKES OF COCONUT ON IT.
THE NAME "WHISTLE CAKE" CAME FROM THE WHISTLING SOUND
OF THE KETTLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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PREDICTION DIVINATION BELIEF

IN COUNTRY VILLAGES THE PEOPLE CAN FORETELL WHAT IS HAPPENING IN A
CERTAIN HOUSEHOLD BY LISTENING TO THE CALLS OF A NIGHT HAWK ON THE
FAMILY'S PROPERTY. WHEN THE BIRD SINGS "POVIT, POVIT" IT MEANS A
CHILD WILL BE BORN. WHEN IT CRIES "PO-JSC, PO-JSC" IT MEANS
SOMEONE WILL SOON DIE.

Submitter comment: IN THE POLISH LANGUAGE, THE WORD "POWIC" MEANS TO BRING FORTH,
"POJSC" MEANS TO LEAVE OR GO. INFORMANT CLAIMS THAT MANY PEOPLE
BELIEVE IN THIS STILL. HE LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD FROM HIS MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 02-07-1980 ; 00-00-1934

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KODER (TOM CAT)

WHEN THE TOM CAT GOES OUT COURTING HIS LADY FRIEND, YOU CAN
HEAR HIM OUT IN THE ALLEY. HE COMES UP TO HER BACK DOOR
AND SAYS, "MEOOW, MEOW?" WHAT HE IS REALLY ASKING HER IS,
"CAN YOU COME OOOUT NOOOW?" THE LADY CAT THEN ANSWERS,
"MEOOW, MEOOW," WHICH MEANS, "NOT NOOOW, AFTER WHIIILE."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY GRANDMOTHER. WHEN SHE TOLD THIS STORY, SHE
EMPHASIZED THE WORDS TO MAKE THEM SOUND LIKE A CAT'S MEOW.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): ONOMATOPOIEA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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THE TITANIC

OH, THEY BUILT THE SHIP TITANIC TO SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE,
AND THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD A SHIP THAT THE WATERS
COULDN'T GET THROUGH,
BUT THE GOOD LORD RAISED HIS HAND, SAID THIS SHIP WOULD NEVER LAND,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD, IT WAS SAD,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE --
HUSBANDS AND WIVES, LITTLE CHILDREN LOST THEIR LIVES,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN. MM
OH, THEY NEARED THE ICY SHORE WHEN THE RAINS BEGAN TO POUR,
AND THE RICH REFUSED TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE POOR,
SO THEY PUT THEM DOWN BELOW, WHERE THEY'D BE THE FIRST TO GO,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD.... MM
OH, THE SIDES BEGAN TO BREAK AND THE BOW BEGAN TO BURST,
AND THE CAPTAIN SHOUTED, "WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST."
THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN CRIED, WHILE ALL AROUND THEM DIED,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD... MM
SO THEY PUT THE LIFEBOATS OUT ON THE DARK AND STORMY SEA,
AND THE BAND STRUCK UP WITH "NEARER MY GOD TO THEE."
THE CAPTAIN TRIED TO WIRE, BUT THE WIRES WERE ALL AFIRE,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD... MM
OH, THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS WHEN YOU PUT OUT TO SEA,
YOU SHOULD WEAR A LIFE PRESERVER OR ON THE BOTTOM YOU'LL BE,
THE TITANIC NEVER WAS, NOW IT NEVER MORE SHALL BE,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
OH, IT WAS SAD, IT WAS SAD,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE--
HUSBANDS AND WIVES, LITTLE CHILDREN LOST THEIR LIVES,
IT WAS SAD WHEN THE GREAT SHIP WENT DOWN.
KER-PLUNK
BUBBLE, BUBBLE.

Submitter comment: THERE WAS AN ALTERNATE LINE FOR THE REFRAIN IN PLACE OF
THE "HUSBANDS AND WIVES..." LINE:
"UNCLES AND AUNTS, LITTLE CHILDREN WET THEIR PANTS"

Where learned: MISSOURI ; KANSAS CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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ONOMATOPOEIA LORE

BOOM, HISS, MURMUR, ZOOM, MOAN, HUM, CHUG, SIZZLE, CUCKOO,
GLUG, CHUG-AH, PLOP, SPLASH, BUZZ

Submitter comment: TAKING A LOT OF ENGLISH COURSES IN COLLEGE AND HIGHSCHOOL, I
WAS ABLE TO COLLECT THESE EXTRAORDINARY WORDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRANKLIN VILLAGE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

Date learned: 00001970S

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