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SHAME, SHAME, DOUBLE SHAME,
EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS CHANTED WHENEVER A TEACHER SCOLDED A STUDENT
IN FRONT OF THE CLASS.

Where learned: DORMITORY

Keyword(s): DERISION ; TAUNT

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

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
I WAS BORN NORMAL, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DORMITORY ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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LENT

HOT CROSS BUNS ARE A BIG PART OF LENT AND ARE EATEN ALOT AT THIS
TIME.

Submitter comment: HIS MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS.
( THIS IS NOT ONLY OBSERVED AMONG SCOTCH-AMERICANS. )

Data entry tech comment: THESE BUNS CAME FROM THE CUSTOM OF MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER
BREAD BEFORE EATING IT. IN THEIR NEXT STAGE, BUNS WERE MADE WITH
A CROSS IMPRINTED ON THEM. AND FINALLY, THEY EVOLVED INTO THE HOT
CROSS BUNS OF TODAY--SPICED DOUGH, SOMETIMES WITH RAISINS, AND WITH
CROSSES OF FROSTING ON TOP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PALM SUNDAY CUSTOM

EVERY PALM SUNDAY PALMS ARE BROUGHT HOME FROM CHURCH AND PLACED
SOMEWHERE IN THE HOME.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RECALLED IN DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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MARBLES

IT'S CUSTOMARY TO SHOOT MARBLES ON GOOD FRIDAY. ( IT IS ) FOLLOWED
QUITE RIGOROUSLY BY YOUNGER BOYS.

Submitter comment: ( THIS IS A CUSTOM IN THE ) BAHAMAS.

Data entry tech comment: MARBLES ARE ALSO PLAYED IN SUSSEX, ENGLAND ON GOOD FRIDAY. IT HAS
BEEN SUGGESTED THAT IT SIGNIFIES THE THROWING OF DICE DURING THE
CRUCIFIXION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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GOOD FRIDAY

ON GOOD FRIDAY, KEEP SILENT FROM 12 NOON TILL 3:00 P.M. FOR THOSE
WERE THE HOURS THAT CHRIST HUNG ON THE CROSS.

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

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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EASTER BUNNY

WE USED TO PUT CARROTS UNDER OUR PILLOW SO THAT THE EASTER BUNNY
WOULD BE SURE TO COME TO OUR HOUSE. I THINK THAT IT'S AN HUNGARIAN
CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; informant's dorm room

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 11-30-1971

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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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ADAM SONG

CHORUS
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
THE S STANDS FOR SIGMA, THE P FOR P-I, PI.
AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU, OR GAZE INTO THE SKY.
YOU WILL SEE THAT NAUGHT IS WRITTEN, BUT THE NAME OF SIGMA PI.

ADAM WAS THE FIRST MAN TO WEAR A SIG PI PIN,
NOAH WAS THE SECOND, THEY HAD TO LET HIM IN,
MOSES WAS THE THIRD ONE, WE HAD A LOT OF FUN,
WHEN JULIUS CAESAR CAME ALONG, THEY PLEDGED THE SON OF A GUN.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U. OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE'D BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO U OF D., HE THOUGHT HE'D JOIN A FRAT,
HE THOUGHT HE'D TAKE A LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHERE HE WAS AT.
BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW WE KNEW HE': BE ALL RIGHT,
THE COLORS THAT HE WORE NEXT DAY WERE LAVENDER AND WHITE.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED UP TO HEAVEN TO SEE WHO ALL WAS THERE,
HE FOUND A BUNCH A-HANGING AROUND THE FOOT OF THE GOLDEN STAIRS,
SOME WERE SMOKING CIGARETTES, THEY ALL WERE FEELING HIGH,
THEY ALL WERE DAMN GOOD FRIENDS OF HIS, THEY ALL WERE SIGMA PI'S.
CHORUS
HE RAMBLED DOWN TO HADES TO SEE THE POOR LOST SOULS,
HE FOUND A BUNCH OF THETA XI'S A-ROASTING ON THE COALS,
FOR THE TEKES AMD THEATA TAUS THE SIZZLE HAD BEGUN,
WHILE SIGMA PI'S IN VELVET CHAIRS WERE WATCHING ALL THE FUN.
CHORUS
THEN IN CAME OLD BEELZEBUB, OF HELL HE WAS THE KING;
AND ALL THE LITTLE IMPS CAME IN AND THEY BEGAN TO SING.
THEY SAW THE GANG GIVE HIM A GRIP, AND THEN THEY HEARD THE CRY.
THAT HE'S A CHARTER MENBER AND A DAMN GOOD SIGMA PI.
CHORUS
NOW DON'T BE DISCONCERTED IF YOU MISS THE NARROW PATH.
OR IF YOU FLUNK YOUR MORALS LIKE YOU USED TO FLUNK YOUR MATH,
AND DON'T BE DISCONCERTED WHEN YOU HEAR THE FUNERAL KNELL,
FOR WE HAVE A STRONG ALUMNI IN THE VERY DEPTHS OF HELL.
CHORUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL FIGURES ; FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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TALE OF KISSING ELBO.

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBO,
YOU WILL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ELBOW

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

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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HABIT IS EVERYTHING-----EVEN IN LOVE.

Where learned: HOME ; DORM ROOM ; Massachusetts ; TOLD IN ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): ASSONANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-23-1971

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TALE OF KISSING ELBOW

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBOW, YOU'LL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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LEGEND OF WARDING OFF A BEATING

WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG
AND YOU DON'T WANT TO BE BEATEN BY YOUR MOTHER
PULL OUT ONE OF YOUR EYELASHES AND PUT IT UNDER A ROCK.
IT MUST BE A ROCK OR IT IS NO GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE TRIED IT UNDER A CONCK SHELL AND IT DID'NT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONCH SHELL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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BELIEF

IF THE SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE FIRST TOE, THE FATHER WILL LIVE
LONGER THAN THE MOTHER WILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-03-1971

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FATAL HAIRDOES

SUICIDE BLONDE: DYED BY OWN HANDS
THAT IS A GIRL COULD RUIN HER HAIR BY COLORING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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BELIEF CONCERNING BIRTH

IF A GIRL IS BORN WITH A WIDOW'S PEAK,
IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIGN OF ROYALTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): HAIRLINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth

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GOOD LUCK FOR A SAILOR

SOME BABIES ARE BORN WITH A THIN VEIL OF SKIN OVER THEIR FACES.
SAILORS WILL PAY A GREAT PRICE FOR THIS SKIN BECAUSE
IT WILL PREVENT SHIPWRECK WHILE ON A JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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DORMITORY CUSTOM

EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT IN CERTAIN DORMS, A GROUP OF GIRLS GATHER
ROUND IN A CIRCLE. THEY PASS A LIGHTED CANDLE AROUND. IF A GIRL
STOPS THE CANDLE THE FIRST TIME, IT MEANS THAT SHE HAS BEEN
LAVALIERED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE CANDLE GOES AROUND AGAIN AND IF
IT IS STOPPED, THAT GIRL HAS BEEN PINNED. THE CANDLE IS PASSED
AROUND FOR THE THIRD TIME AND WHOEVER STOPS IT THEN HAS BEEN
ENGAGED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT A FRIEND OF HERS MENTIONED DOING THIS
EVERY SUNDAY AT HER COLLEGE IN MISSOURI.

Data entry tech comment: LAVALIERE

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Engagement

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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CRUCIAL MOMENT OF LIFE CUSTOM

"WHEN A FRATERNITY BROTHER OF MY FRATERNITY GETS MARRIED,
GRADUATES, OR GETS PINNED, WE TOAST HIM BY INTERLOCKING OUR ARMS
WITH THE DRINKS IN OUR HANDS, WE CLINK THE GLASSES BACKWARDS AND
CHUG THE DRINK."

Submitter comment: HE COMMENTS THAT THIS PROBABLY SOUNDS STUPID BUT THEY ALWAYS DO IT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage After engagement: fun with friends, etc.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER

1. I SAY LET US PUT MAN AND WOMAN TOGETHER.
TO FIND OUT WHICH ONE IS SMARTER.
SOME SAY MAN BUT I SAY NO
THE WOMAN GOT MEN LIKE WE ALL KNOW.

CHORUS:
NOT ME. IT'S THE PEOPLE WHO SAY
THAT THE MEN ARE LEADING THE WOMEN ASTRAY.
BUT I SAY THAT THE WOMEN OF TODAY
ARE SMARTER THAN THE MEN IN EVERY WAY.

2. I SUPPORT A LITTLE GIRL INDEPENDENTLY
SHE SAID SHE WAS MAKING BABY FOR ME.
WHEN THE BABY BORN I WENT TO SEE.
THE EYES WERE BLUE, IT WAS A PORTUGUESE.
(CHORUS)

3. ADAM AND EVE LIVED IN PARADISE
THEY LAY ALL DAY. EVERYTHING WAS NICE.
TILL EVE MET THE SNAKE. PARADISE LOST.
SHE MADE ADAM WORK FROM THAT DAY ON.
(CHORUS)

4, METUSELEM SPENT ALL HIS LIFE IN JEST.
HE LIVED WITH ONE WOMAN NINE-HUNDRED YEARS
ONE DAY HE DECIDED TO HAVE SOME FUN.
HE NEVER LIVED TO SEE NINE-HUNDRED AND ONE.
(CHORUS)

Submitter comment:

CASSETTE TAPE AVAILABLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

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

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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