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I SO TIRED,
I SO WEARY,
PICK I UP
AND KISS I DEARIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; FUNCTION ; MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: FEMININE, ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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

Data entry tech comment: COUNTING OFF AT THE BEGINNING OF A RACE OR GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: IAMBIC ; NUMBERS, FUNCTION ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABAB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE WAS A YOUNG FELLOW NAMED WIER,
WHO HADN'T AN ATOM OF FEAR.
HE INDULGED A DESIRE,
TO TOUCH A LIVE WIRE.
(MOST ANY LAST LINE WILL DO HERE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE ; HUMOR LIMERICK ; INDIRECTION ; METER: IAMBIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBA ; STRUCTURE, PATTERN AND FORM ; SUBJECT SOUND RHYME: ; TONE AND POINT OF VIEW

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

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL,
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD;
WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS HORRID.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER SAID THIS TO HER OFTEN WHEN SHE WAS
YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION BEHAVIOR ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE CONTRAST ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, INTERNAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN FROM THE CITY,
WHO MET WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A KITTY.
HE GAVE IT A PAT
AND SAID, "NICE LITTLE CAT!"
THEY BURIED HIS CLOTHES OUT OF PITY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE: LIMERICK ; HUMOR ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ANTICLIMAX QUINTAIN ; RHYME: AABBA, FEMININE ; SKUNK ; SOUND: DACTYLIC TETRAMETER ; SUBJECT: ACCIDENTS, ANIMALS ; UNDERSTATEMENT IRONY

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

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TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS--
PRECIOUS AND RARE.
FALSE ONES ARE LIKE LEAVES--
FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Submitter comment: THIS USED TO BE ONE OF MY PEN PALS (1957). THIS WAS
ONE OF HER CLEVER SAYINGS.

Data entry tech comment: OFTEN FOUND IN AUTOGRAPH BOOKS.

Where learned: Wyoming ; ROCK SPRINGS

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP JEWELS ; METER: TROCHAIC ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION AUTOGRAPH VERSE ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTUMN LEAVES SCATTERED EVERYWHERE--AMA BARR

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WE MUST, WE MUST,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.
THE BIGGER THE BETTER,
THE TIGHTER THE SWEATER,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANATOMY ; BOSOM BREAST ; FUNCTION GROWING UP ; MONOLOGUE SLANG DIALECT ; REFRAIN, QUATRAIN? ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, AABBA

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

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT, I THOUGHT IN VAIN,
BUT ALL I COULD THINK OF WAS TO SIGN MY NAME.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF COLETTE'S BY A
SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; ITERATION ; RHYME: AA ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IT TICKLES ME/ IT MAKES ME LAUGH/ TO THINK YOU WANT/ MY AUTOGRAPH

Data entry tech comment: LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED,/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE/ WHEN I TAKE A SHOWER/ I THINK
OF YOU. DRIP, DRIP, DRIP SUSAN ADAMS

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; HOLY NAME GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSULT SLANG ; PARODY ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCBD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN I WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD AND WE LIVED NEAR THE COUNTRY,
I WOULD OFTEN GO OUT TO PLAY ALL DAY. SO I USED TO GO TO THE
LAVATORY OUTSIDE. MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THAT I SHOULD
COME HOME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, BECAUSE WHEN THE DEVIL CAUGHT
LITTLE BOYS GOING TO THE BATHROOM OUTSIDE HE WOULD BITE OFF
THEIR PENIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION: MENSTRUATION

WHEN A WOMAN IS MENSTRUATING, SHE SHOULD NEVER LOOK AT THE DEAD
OR SOMETHING TERRIBLE MIGHT HAPPEN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Keyword(s): B477 HUMAN ACTIVITY (BODILY FUNCTION)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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MISTER PUMPKIN EATER

IF YOU ARE NOT IN BED AT THE TIME YOU ARE TOLD, A GIGANTIC
PUMPKIN HEAD WILL COME IN YOUR ROOM AND EAT YOU

Submitter comment: I USED TO TELL MY SISTER THIS WHEN I BABYSAT AND SHE
WOULDN'T GO TO BED. YOU CAN IMPROVE ON IT BY ADDING SCARY
SOUNDS AND GESTURES. I'M NOT SURE WHERE I LEARNED IT, BUT SINCE
THEN WE TELL IT TO CHILDREN WE BABYSIT FOR.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CARNIVEROUS PLANT ; FUNCTION: TO SCARE CHILD INTO GOING TO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Plant

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NEVER BOUNCE A BALL IN THE HOUSE. EACH TIME YOU DO A CHICKEN DIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE ORIGINALLY HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHEN
SHE WAS A CHILD. IN ROMANIA, CHILDREN WILL NEVER BOUNCE A BALL IN
THE HOUSE FOR FEAR THEY WILL KILL THEIR PRIZE CHICKEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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POLISH SUPERSTITION

IF YOU GO TO A DANCE DURING LENT, YOU WILL DANCE WITH THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

ACT ENTHUSIASTIC (SIC) AND YOU'LL BE ENTHUSIASTIC.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER AND SAYS IT MEANS THAT EVEN
THOUGH YOU'RE NOT ENTHUSED ABOUT SOMETHING ACT AS THOUGH YOU ARE
AND EVENTUALLY YOU WILL BE ENTHUSED. INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS TO BE
TRUE.

Data entry tech comment: KEYPUNCHER BELIEVES THIS TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ATTITUDE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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HIGH GOALS

AIM AT THE SKY AND YOU WILL HIT THE TOP OF THE TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COSMOS ; PLANTS

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

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY.

James Callow comment: IT'S INTERESTING THAT STEVENSON LISTS THIS UNDER "JACK"
RATHER THAN "WORK" -- F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; NAME: JACK FOR MALE OR PERSON ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-29-1968

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK AND PLENTY OF IT.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS ; PUN ON JACK AS SLANG FOR MONEY.

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; PUN: JACK FOR MONEY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK. JACK MEANS MONEY.

Submitter comment: MAUREEN'S INFORMANTS WERE BOTH HER FATHER EDWARD, OF IRISH AND
FRENCH DESCENT, AND HER MOTHER, PATRICIA, OF IRISH AND BOHEMIAN
DESCENT.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ECONOMICS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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