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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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THREE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM, WENT TO SEA IN A BOWL; IF THE BO; HAD BEEN STRONGER,

Submitter comment: HEARD IN SCHOOL.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT NONSENSE ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCC ; RHYME: FEMININE, REPETITION ; SATIRE UNDERSTATEMENT EPITAPH LAMENT

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

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IF ALL THE SEAS WERE ONE SEA,
WHAT A GREAT SEA THAT WOULD BE!
AND IF ALL THE TREES WERE ONE TREE,
WHAT A GREAT TREE THAT WOULD BE!
AND IF ALL THE AXES WERE ONE AX,
WHAT A GREAT AX THAT WOULD BE!
AND IF ALL THE MEN WERE ONE MAN,
WHAT A GREAT MAN HE WOULD BE!
AND IF THE GREAT MAN TOOK THE GREAT AX,
AND CUT DOWN THE GREAT TREE,
AND LET IT FALL INTO THE GREAT SEA,
WHAT A SPLISH SPLASH THAT WOULD BE!

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS POEM BY A FIRST GRADER ON THE PLAYGROUND.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): CHAIN GREATNESS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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WHO CARES? NOT I.

I KNOW HOW UGLY I ARE,
MY FACE IT AIN'T NO STAR,
BUT I DON'T MIND IT,
CAUSE I'M BEHIND IT,
IT'S THE FOLKS OUT FRONT GET THE JAR.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Keyword(s): SELF-CRITICISM

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LITTLE FLY UPON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO HOME AT ALL.
HIM AIN'T GOT NO MAMA TO COMB HIS HAIR,
HIM DON'T CARE!
HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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SPARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK,
WHO THE TELL YOU ARE I HINK.
I'M NOT IMBRICATED,
I'M NOT AS DRUNK AS SOME TINKLE PEEP I AM.
I'VE ONLY HAD TEA MARTOONIES,
ANYWAY I'VE ALL DAY SOBER TO SUNDAY UP IN.
I FOOL SO FEELISH, I DON'T KNOW WHO IS ME YET,
BUT THE DRUNKER I STAND HERE,
THE LONGER I GET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS MONOLOGUE HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM PARODY DRINKING ; NONSENSE WORDS METER TROCHEE ; TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT,
DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE.

Submitter comment: TOLD THIS BY PARENTS WHEN SENT TO BED AS A CHILD.

Where learned: OHIO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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CHILDREN'S SCHOOL VERSE

SCHOOL'S OUT, SCHOOL'S OUT,
TEACHER LET THE MONKEYS OUT.

Where learned: PORT CLINTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

MATHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN,
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON!
ALL FOUR CORNERS ROUND ABOUT,
WHEN I GET IN, WHEN I GET OUT.
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED,
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD;
ONE TO WATCH AND ONE TO PRAY,
AND TWO TO BEAR MY SOUL AWAY.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): DEATH PIOUS SLEEPING BIBLICAL ; PIOUS ; PRAYER ; RHYME: AABB

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

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

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,
BUT WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS HORRID.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER USED TO RECITE THIS WHEN I WAS BAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

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

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INCH ME STAYED UP AND WHO FELL DOWN?

Submitter comment: UPON THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER OF "PINCH ME," THE
QUESTIONER IMMEDIATELY COMPLIED WITH A SHARP PINCH.
MY BROTHER, MIKE, USED TO ASK ME THIS WHEN I WAS
ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN. I FELL FOR IT EVERY TIME.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.536

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT.
RDED SKY AT DAWN, SAILORS FOREWARN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM SAILING INSTRUCTOR IN GRUADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

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

Submitter comment: RHYME FOR A RACE

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE SALLY WATERS, SITTING IN THE SUN,
CRYING AND WEEPING FOR A YOUNG MAN.
RISE, SALLY, RISE, WIPE OFF YOUR EYES,
FLY TO THE EAST, FLY TO THE WEST,
FLY TO THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE BEST.

Submitter comment: WE PLAYED THIS AS CHILDREN.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

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MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING UP THE CLOTHES.
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER IN THE NOSE.
WHAT COLOR WAS THE BLOOD?
(PICK AND SPELL OUT COLOR)
R-E-D SPELLS RED AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IT.
CONTINUE TILL LAST ONE LEFT IS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT PLAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
GOING DOWN CHICAGO LINE,
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?
(SPELL OUT YES OR NO)
Y-E-S SPELLS YES AND MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO PICK THE
VERY BEST ONE. (EITHER FIRST ONE OR LAST ONE OUT IS IT)

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

I STRUCK MATCH AND IT WENT OUT.
LAST PERSON IS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH
HOW MANY PIECES DO YOU WISH?
(SPELL OUT NUMBER OF PIECES)
S-E-V-E-N SPELLS SEVEN AND YOU'RE NOT IT.
LAST PERSON IS IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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COUNTING OUT

EENE, MEENE, MINE, MO
CATCH A FROGGIE BY THE TOE,
IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO,
EENE, MEENE, MINE, MO.
O-U-T SPELLS OUT!

Submitter comment: USED TO DETERMINE AN "IT" FOR A GAME. THE ONE LEFT IS THE "IT."

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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COUNTING OUT

APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS,
TELL ME WHEN YOUR BIRTHDAY COMES.
THIS IS DONE TO DETERMINE AN "IT" FOR A GAME. ALL PLAYERS
PUT ONE FOOT INTO A CIRCLE AND THE "SAYER" GOES AROUND
SAYING ONE WORD ON EACH FOOT. THE PERSON WHO THE RHYME
ENDS ON TELLS THE "SAYER" HIS BIRTHDATE. THE COUNTER THEN
COUNTS DOWN THE MONTH AND DATE AND THE PERSON ON WHO IT
ENDS IS "OUT." THE LAST PERSON TO REMAIN IS THE "IT."

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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