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ONE FOR THE MONEY,
TWO FOR THE SHOW,
THREE TO GET READY,
AND FOUR TO GO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUNTING RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR;
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, ORE.
OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT USED THIS RHYME WHILE A CHILD IN BALTIMORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Keyword(s): Count ; COUNTING ; Eliminate ; Elimination ; GAME ; NUMBER ; POTATO ; RHYME

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LADYBUG, LADYBUG, TURN AROUND, LADYBUG, LADYBUG, TOUCH THE GROUND,
LADYBUG, LADYBUG, SHINE YOUR SHOES, LADYBUG LADYBUG, READ THE NEWS,
LADYBUG, LADYBUG, HOW OLD ARE YOU? ONE, TWO, THREE...

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT UP STAIRS TO KISS A FELLOW
SHE MADE A MISTAKE
AND KISSED A SNAKE
HOW MANY DOCTORS DID IT TAKE? COUNT FROM 1 TO 15.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; COUNTING ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; JUMP ROPE RHYME ; RHYME ; SONG

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR
WHO ARE WE FOR
(FITZGUALD THAT'S WHO)
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT
WHO DO WE HATE
(NAME OPPOSING TEAM)

Submitter comment: FOOTBALL VERSE OR ANY OTHER GAME.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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RHYME, COUNTING OUT

1
THIS OLD MAN
HE PLAYED ONE
HE PLAYED KNICK-KNACK
ON MY THUMB,
CHORUS
WITH A KNICK-KNACK
PADDY-WHACK
GIVE YOUR DOG A BONE,
THIS OLD MAN CAME ROLLING HOME.

Submitter comment: THE OTHER VERSES FOLLOW THE SAME PATTERN AND ARE ALL FOLLOWED
BY THE CHORUS:
2 HE PLAYED TWO - ON MY SHOE, (CH.
3 HE PLAYED THREE - IN A TREE, (CH.
4 HE PLAYED FOUR - ON MY DOOR, (CH.
5 HE PLAYED FIVE - ON A HIVE, (CH.
6 HE PLAYED SIX - WITH SOME STICKS, (CH.
7 HE PLAYED SEVEN - UP IN HEAVEN, (CH.
8 HE PLAYED EIGHT - ON MY GATE, (CH.
9 HE PLAYED NINE - ALL THE TIME, (CH.
10 HE PLAYED TEN - ON HIS HEN, (CH.

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: --

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ONE-TWO

ONE-TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE.
THREE-FOUR SHUT THE DOOR.
FIVE-SIX PICK UP STICKS.
SEVEN-EIGHT SET THEM STRAIGHT
NINE-TEN THE BIG FAT HEN

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN DETROIT IN CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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"READY"

APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY,
HOLLER "I"

Submitter comment: CALLED OUT BY PERSON WHO IS "IT" IN TAG.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUIT ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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COUNTING VERSE

ONE, TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE
THREE, FOUR SHUT THE DOOR
FIVE, SIX PICK UP STICKS
SEVEN, EIGHT LAY THEM STRAIGHT
NINE, TEN BIG FAT HEN.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS VERSE FROM MY CHILDHOOD, BUT CAN ONLY ASSOCIATE
IT WITH COUNTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT NUMBERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.534

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TEN LITTLE INDIANS

ONE LITTLE, TWO LITTLE, THREE LITTLE
INDIANS
FOUR LITTLE, FIVE LITTLE, SIX LITTLE
INDIANS
SEVEN LITTLE, EIGHT LITTLE, NINE LITTLE
INDIANS
TEN LITTLE INDIAN BOYS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.534

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

I ASKED MY MOTHER FOR FIFTEEN CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE
HE JUMPED SO HIGH
HE TOUCHED THE SKY
AND DIDN'T GET BACK
TILL THE FOURTH OF JULY.
HOW HIGH DID HE JUMP?
1, 2, 3, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COUNTING ; HYBERBOLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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COUNT TO TEN

IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING WHEN LEAVING YOUR HOUSE AND HAVE
TO GO BACK FOR IT, BE SURE TO SIT DOWN AND COUNT TO TEN BEFORE
YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; NUMBERS: TEN ; SUPERNATURAL: COUNTING TO TEN ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- BELIEF
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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DRINKING JOKE

ALL OF US WERE AT THE BAR. I KNOW THERE WERE FIVE OF US DRINKING.
LET'S SEE: THE TWO MC CARTHYS WERE ONE, YOU WERE TWO, I WAS THREE,
O'BRIEN WAS FOUR, I KNOW THERE WERE FIVE DRINKS IN EVERY ROUND SO
WHO WAS THE FIFTH GUY? LET'S GO OVER IT AGAIN. THE TWO MC CARTHYS
WERE ONE, YOU WERE TWO, I WAS THREE, O'BRIEN WAS FOUR, I KNOW
THERE WERE FIVE DRINKS IN EVERY ROUND SO WHO WAS THE FIFTH GUY?
LET'S GO OVER IT AGAIN...........

Where learned: FLORIDA ; KEY BISCAYNE

James Callow Keyword(s): STUPIDITY: COUNTING TWO AS ONE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

FUDGE FUDGE FUDGE
BOOM BOOM BOOM
WE ARE CALLING ON THE JUDGE
BOOM BOOM BOOM
MAMMA HAD A NEWBORN BABY
NOT A GIRL, BOOM
NOT A BOY, BOOM
JUST AN ORDINARY BABY, BOOM
WRAP HIM UP IN TISSUE
SEND HIM DOWN THE ESCALATOR
FIRST FLOOR SPLITS, BOOM BOOM BOOM
SECOND FLOOR SPLITS, BOOM BOOM BOOM
THIRD FLOOR SPLITS, BOOM BOOM BOOM
FORTH FLOOR SPLITS, BOOM BOOM BOOM, ETC.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT SHE USED TO SING THIS ON THE STREETS OF
PHILADELPHIA WHEN SHE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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JOKE

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE BANKER WHO COULD NO LONGER RIDE A BIKE
BECAUSE HE LOST HIS BALANCE?

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCOUNTING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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ONE I LOVE

MY FRIENDS HAVE ALL FELL OUT WITH ME
BECAUSE I KEEP YOUR COMPANY
BUT LET THEM SAY
WHAT 'ERE THEY WILL
CAUSE I LOVE MY LOVE WITH MY FREE WILL
ONE I LOVE, TWO HE LOVES, THREE HE'S BEEN GOOD TO ME

Submitter comment: BALLAD PERFORMED ON APPALACHIAN DULCIMER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WATERFORD

Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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ONE I LOVE

ONE I LOVE,
TWO, I LOVE.
THREE, I LOVE.
FOUR, I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART.
FIVE, I CAST AWAY.
SIX, HE LOVES.
SEVEN, SHE LOVES.
EIGHT, THEY BOTH DO LOVE.
NINE, HE COMES.
TEN, HE TARRIES.
ELEVEN, HE COURTS.
TWELVE, HE MARRIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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ONE TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE. THREE FOUR SHUT THE DOOR. FIVE SIX PICK
UP STICK. SEVEN EIGHT LAY THEM STRAIGHT. NINE TEN A BIG FAT
HEN.

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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MISS SUZI HAD A TUG BOAT, THE TUG BOAT HAD A BELL.
MISS SUZI WENT TO HEAVEN, THE TUG BOAT WENT TO
HELL-O OPERATOR, PLEASE GIVE ME NUMBER NINE, AND
IF YOU DISCONNECT ME, I'LL KICK YOU RIGHT BEHIND
THE 'FRIGERATOR, THERE LAID A PIECE OF GLASS,
MISS SUZI FELL UPON IT AND BROKE HER LITTLE
AS-K ME NO MORE QUESTIONS, PLEASE TELL ME NO MORE
LIES, MISS SUZI TOLD ME ALL OF THIS THE DAY BEFORE SHE
DIED HER HAIR ALL PURPLE, SHE DYED HER HAIR ALL RED,
SHE DYED HER HAIR ALL POLKA DOTS AND IT ALL RAN DOWN
THE SINK, GLUG, GLUG, GLUG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): HAND GAME OR JUMPING COUNTING GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime C500.560

Date learned: 09-00-1988

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My younger brother and I would say this to each other
if one could get the other to look at something that
really wasn't there:
"Made you look, you dirty crook,
You stole your mother's pocket book.
You turned it in, you turned it out,
You turned it into sauerkraut."
Then the one who made the other look would say,
"You one'd it."
The other would say,
"You two'd it."
We would go back and forth saying
"You three'd it."
"You four'd it."
"You five'd it."
"You six'd it."
"You seven'd it."
Finally, the one to get in the last word says'
"You eight (ate) it."

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Kenmore

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING

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

Date learned: 00001973 ca.

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