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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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I SHOULD WORRY, I SHOULD CARE,
I SHOULD MARRY A MILLIONAIRE.
HE SHOULD DIE, I SHOULD CRY,
I SHOULD MARRY ANOTHER GUY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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(NAME) IS A POET AND DON'T KNOW IT,
HIS FEET SHOW IT; THEY'RE LONGFELLOWS.
HE'S GETTING WHITTIER AND WHITTIER EVERY DAY,
THE LITTLE DICKINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PUNS

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK,
HIS TRUNK WAS PACKED FOR JERUSALEM.
THE WIND BLEW ALL AROUND HIS FACE,
HIS NAME WAS AL METHUSALEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PUN BIBLICAL CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, ORE.

Submitter comment: ALL MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN A GAME HOLD OUT THEIR HANDS--
CLENCHED IN FISTS. ONE MEMBER TAKES HIS RIGHT FIST AND
WHILE SAYING THE RHYME, HITS EACH OTHER FIST IN TURN.
THE PERSON WHOSE FIST IS CALLED "ORE" REMOVES IT FROM
THE CIRCLE. WHEN BOTH FISTS OF ONE PERSON HAVE BEEN
ELIMINATED, HE PERSON IS OUT. THE LAST PERSON WITH
ONE FIST LEFT IS "IT."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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GAME VERSE

WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK, A PERSON COUNTS TO 100 AND
THEN CHANTS:
APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PI,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: IF A PERSON IS NOT HIDDEN YET, HE YELLS "I" AND THE PERSON
WHO IS IT HAS TO COUNT OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

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EENY, MEENY, MINY MOE,
CATCH A NIGGER BY HIS TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO,
MY MOTHER SAID TO CHOOSE THE VERY BEST ONE,
SO O-U-T SPELLS OUT YOU GO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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EENY, MEENY, SLIPERY DIG,
DEELIA, DOLIA, DOMINIG,
HOCHIE, POCHIE, DOMINOCHIE,
CHI CHA CHOO
IGGLY BIGGLY BOO
AND OUT GOES YOU
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RHYME FOR DESIGNATING WHO IS "IT" IN A GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER, LIVE ACROSS THE STREET
TWO FIFTEEN EIGHTEEN BROADWAY STREET
EVERY NIGHT THEY HAD A FIGHT AND THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:
ICKA BICKA SODACRACKER, ICKA BICKA BOO
ICKA BICKA SODACRACKER, OUT GOES YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RHYME FOR DESIGNATING WHO IS IT IN A GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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SLEEPY HOLLOW STORY (THE HOOK)

ONE NIGHT A YOUNG COUPLE STOPPED AT SLEEPY HOLLOW TO MAKE OUT.
AFTER A FEW HOURS, THEY WENT HOME. WHEN THE BOY CAME BACK TO THE
CAR AFTER SEEING HIS GIRL TO THE DOOR, HE NOTICED AN IRON HOOK,
THE KIND AN ARMLESS MAN WOULD USE, ON THE DOOR HANDLE ON THE
PASSENGER'S SIDE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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VERSE

BE NOT THE FIRST BY WHOM THE NEW IS TRIED
NOR THE LAST TO SET THE OLD ASIDE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 11-09-1969

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ABDOMINAL PAIN MAY BE CURED BY TWISTING OF THE NAVEL SEVEN OR
EIGHT TIMES AND PLACING A COMPRESS OF BLUE PAPER WHICH HAS BEEN
SOAKED IN INCENSE MELTED IN MASTIHA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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THE GREEK CURE FOR DIARRHEA:
BOIL RICE AND PLACE IN BOWLWITH JUICE FROM ONE LEMON.
IF THE PATIENT EATS THE RICE WITH LEMON FOR ONE DAY,
HE WILL BE CURED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SENT ALL TO ME ON REQUEST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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NURSING BELIEF

IF TWO MOTHERS ARE NURSING THEIR BABIES IN THE SAME ROOM, ONE
WILL "STEAL" THE OTHER'S MILK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BABY ; Breastfeeding ; infant ; Milk ; MOTHER ; Nursing ; Steal ; Supply

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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PLANT BELIEF

IF A PLANT THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY A FRIEND DIES, THEN
THE FRIENDSHIP DIES, TEND BOTH WELL.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Botany ; DEATH ; fortune ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; PLANT ; Relationship ; SUPERSTITION ; WISDOM

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; HOMEOPATHIC ; Positive

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

MOST ARMENIAN FAMILIES HAVE MANY DIFFERENT PASTRIES IN THEIR
HOMES DURING CHRISTMAS. THESE PASTRIES INCLUDE BAKLAVA (A HONEY
AND NUT PASTRY) AND A WHITE COOKIE WITH FLOUR OVER IT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS SEEN THESE FOODS IN ARMENIAN HOMES TODAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Armenian ; Baklava ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; PASTRY ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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THROWIN RICE AT A WEDDING IS A SIGN OF THE COUPLE TO BE FRUITFUL
AND HAVE A LOT OF CHILDREN

Submitter comment: SYMBOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-27-1979

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THE BICYCLE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

ONE TIME A MAN WAS PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE
ROAD BY POLICE, WHO SAID HE WAS DRUNK. "I'M NOT DRUNK,"
HE SAID, "HERE I'LL PROVE IT--I'LL WALK ON TOP OF THIS
FENCE." HE CLIMBED ON TOP OF IT AND FELL OVER TO
THE OTHER SIDE, WHERE THERE WAS A BIG, BLACK BULL.
SUDDENLY, THE MAN RUSHED AT THE BULL, GRABBED HIM BY
THE HORNS AND WRESTLED WITH HIM. THE BULL THREW HIM
OFF. AGAIN AND AGAIN, HE RUSHED AT THE BULL AND
WRESTLED WITH HIM, WHILE THE POLICE WATCHED IN AWE.
FINALLY, THE MAN QUIT WRESTLING THE BULL AND CROSSED
BACK OVER THE FENCE. "I GUESS YOU'RE RIGHT," HE SAID,
"I MUST BE DRUNK--ANYTIME I CAN'T TAKE A BICYCLE AWAY
FROM A COLORED KID."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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"WAY DOWN YONDER IN THE PAWPAW PATCH"

Where oh where is dear little _______?
Where oh where is dear little _______?
Where oh where is dear little _______?
Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch! MM
Come on girls (boys), let's go find him.
Come on girls (boys), let's go find him.
Come on girls (boys), let's go find him.
Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch. MM
Pickin' up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket.
Pickin' up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket.
Pickin' up pawpaws, put 'em in your pocket.
Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

Submitter comment: The blank lines in the first stanza are to be filled in
with the name of the person (usually a child) to whom you
are singing. This is reported to be an old southern song
which Carmen learned when she moved from New York to
Kentucky. Also, the sex of the girls/boys referred to
in the second stanza should be adjusted so that it is the
opposite of the person being sung to (i.e. girls find boys,
boys find girls). "Pawpaws" (sometimes spelled papaws) is
a colloquial term for "papaya."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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If you say a prayer to St. Anthony when you lose something,
he will help you to find it.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Leisner really believes this to be true. Many times
as a young girl I witnessed my mother performing this
ritual, and even now we always know when she has lost
something when we hear her say "St. Anthony help me!"

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; LEXINGTON

Keyword(s): intercession

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00001930S

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