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OH, I GOT A GAL NAMED CROSS-EYED SUE
HER EYES ARE RED AND HER LIPS ARE BLUE
SHE HAS DIMPLED HAIR AND CURLEY CHEEKS
HER FALSE TEETH RATTLE AND BACKSIDE KLINKS.

HER OLD MAN'S A SIGHT TO SEE
HE'S DRUNK BOTH NIGHT AND DAY
HE FEEDS HIS HORSES COLD FLAP JACKS
AND HE FEEDS HIS KIDS ON HAY.

CROSS-EYED SUE, SHE WEARS A SHOE
THAT BUTTONS UP THE BACK
HER FEET'S TOO BIG FOR STOCKINGS
SO SHE WEARS A GUNNY SACK.

CROSS-EYED SUE AND A KANGAROO
ARE VERY MUCH ALIKE
THE KANGAROO HOPS AROUND ALL DAY
AND SUE SHE HOPS ALL NIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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SONG PARODY (RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER)

RANDOLPH THE SHINEY-GUN COWBOY
HAD A PAIR OF SHINEY GUNS
AND IF YOU EVER SAW THEM
YOU WOULD TURN AROUND AND RUN.
ALL OF THE OTHER COWBOYS
USED TO LAUGH AND CALL HIM NAMES.
THEY NEVER LET POOR RANDOLPH
JOIN IN ANY POKER GAMES.
THEN ONE FOGGY COWBOY EVE
THE SHERIFF CAME TO SAY:
"RANDOLPH WITH YOUR GUN SO BRIGHT
WON'T YOU SHOOT MY WIFE TONIGHT."
THEN ALL THE COWBOYS LIKED HIM
AS THEY SHOUTED OUT WITH GLEE
RANDOLPH THE SHINEY GUN COWBOY
YOU'LL HANG ON A TREE.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; WOODBRIDGE ; INFORMANT'S HOME ; 2 MAPLE LEAF LANE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 03-25-1970

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FROM THE MIRROR LITTLE WILLIE
LICKED THE MERCURY RIGHT OFF,
THINKING IN HIS CHILDISH ERROR
IT WOULD CURE HIS WHOOPING COUGH.

AT THE FUNERAL WILLIE'S MOTHER
LAUGHING SAID TO MRS. BROWN,
"TWAS A CHILLY DAY FOR WILLIE
WHEN THE MERCURY WENT DOWN."

"HA, HA, HA," SAID WILLIE'S MOTHER.
"TEE, HEE, HEE," SAID MRS. BROWN,
"TWAS A CHILLY DAY FOR WILLIE
WHEN THE MERCURY WENT DOWN."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 01-20-1970

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MY BONNY

MY BONNY LIES OVER THE OCEAN
MY BONNY LIES OVER THE SEA
MY BONNY LIES OVER THE OCEAN
PLEASE BRING BACK MY BONNY TO ME
BRING BACK, OH BRING BACK
OH BRING BACK MY BONNY TO ME TO ME
BRING BACK, OH BRING BACK
PLEASE BRING BACK MY BONNY TO ME.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS KNOWN THIS ALL HER LIFE AND THINKS SHE PROBABLY LEARNED
IT AS A GIRL IN ENGLAND FROM HER FAMILY. SHE USED TO SING IT TO US
WHEN WE WERE KIDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): SEPARATION ; SORROW

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

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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FLOWER CUSTOM AND BELIEF

IF YOU RECEIVE FLOWERS FROM SOMEONE, DON'T THANK THEM. IF YOU DO, THE FLOWERS WON'T GROW. GOD SHOULD BE THANKED FOR CREATING THE FLOWERS AND MAKING THEM GROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; INFORMANT'S HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IN INDIA WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT SHE CAN NOT EAT PAPAYA BECAUSE IT IS A HEATY FRUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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FORMULA SPEECH

ON CHRISTMAS DAY ONE ROMANIAN, INSTEAD OF SAYING "HELLO," SAYS
"CHRIST IS BORN! " THE OTHER PERSON RESPONDS, "HE IS BORN INDEED!"

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS HAS BEEEN THE CUSTOM FOR GENERATIONS. SHE
DOES NOT KNOW WHY IT IS DONE EXCEPT POSSIBLY TO STRESS THE THEME OF
THE SEASON.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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Cinderella Dressed in Yella

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLA
WENT DOWNSTAIRS TO KISS HER FELLOW.
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE? 1,2,3, ETC.
RED HOT PEPPERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; INFORMANT'S HOME ; Berkley

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP ; Speed Jump

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

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN,
JOHNNY OVER THE SEA,
JOHNNY STOLE A NICKLE AND BLAMED IT ON ME.
I TOLD MA,
MA TOLD PA.
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN'-HA! HA! HA!

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAID THIS WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL (1920'S).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

KINDERGARTEN BABY,
WASH YOUR FACE IN GRAVY.

FIRST GRADE TOT,
SECOND GRADE ANGELS
THIRD GRADE SNOT.

FOURTH GRADE PEACHES,
FIFTH GRADE PLUMS,
ALL THE REST ARE DIRTY BUMS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; INFORMANT'S HOME ; Berkley

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-21-1967

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

LINCOLN, LINCOLN,
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DRINK'N?
SMELLS LIKE WHISKEY,
TASTES LIKE WINE,
OH MY GOSH! IT'S TURPENTINE.

Submitter comment:

LEARNED FROM HER SISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; INFORMANT'S HOME ; Berkley

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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MABEL, MABEL

MABEL, MABEL, SET THE TABLE.
DON'T FORGET THE RED HOT
PEPPER (...SWING ROPE REAL FAST)

Submitter comment:

SCHOOL JUMP ROPE RHYME

Where learned: INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 08-05-1964

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Children's Jump Rope

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLA
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS A FELLA
MADE A MISTAKE AND KISSED A SNAKE
THEN CAME DOWN WITH A BELLY ACHE.
HOW MANY DOCTORS DID IT TAKE?

(THEN PROCEED TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS BY COUNTING THE NUMBER OF TIMES THE CHILD JUMPS IN THE ROPE.)

 

Where learned: INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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Rope-Jumping Rhyme

DOWN IN THE MEADOW WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS, THERE SAT ANNE AS SWEET AS A ROSE;
ALONG CAME DAVE AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK,
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
(1, 2, 3, 4, etc.)

Where learned: INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-05-1968

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IF THE HEM ON YOUR DRESS IS TURNED UP, KISS IT AND TURN AROUND THREE TIMES AND YOU WILL GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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IF YOU'RE LEAVING ON A TRIP AND YOU FORGET SOMETHING, WHEN YOU GO BACK FOR IT, MAKE AN "X" ON THE GROUND WITH YOUR FOOT AND SPIT ON IT, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ON YOUR TRIP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 07-15-1970

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WHEN CROSSING A RAILROAD TRACK IN A CAR, PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE ROOF AND CROSS YOUR TOES AND FINGERS. REMAIN THAT WAY UNTIL YOU SEE SOMETHING WHITE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 08-10-1970

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FINDING A FIVE OR SIX LEAF CLOVER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 08-10-1970

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INFORMANT WAS ONCE TOLD BY A COLORED HANDYMAN THAT TO CURE MUMPS, YOU SHOULD SCRAPE THE BLACK COATING OFF AN IRON SKILLET AND MAKE AN "X" WITH IT ON THE SWOLLEN PARTS OF YOUR NECK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-07-1970

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WART CURE

RUB A WART WITH A PIECE OF RAW POTATO, WRAP IT UP AND PUT IT AWAY. WHOEVER FINDS IT WILL GET THE WART.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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