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LOVE

A DANISH SUPERSTITION SAYS THAT LOVE FOR ONE'S WIFE SHOULD NOT
BE TOLD SO THE DEVIL CAN'T HEAR ABOUT IT AND DO HER HARM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE REASON WHY HUSBANDS CALL WIVES "MY OLD LADY" ECT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DU DU LIEGST MIR MIM HERZEN
DU DU LIEGST MIR MIM SINN
JA JA MACHST MIR VIEL SCHMERZEN
WEISST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN.
JA JA JA JA
JA JA JA JA
WEISST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN.
YOU ARE IN MY HEART
YOU ARE IN MY MIND
YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE ME FEEL SAD.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WONDERFUL I THINK YOU ARE.
YES YES YES YES
YES YES YES YES
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WONDERFUL I THINK YOU ARE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS SONG WAS SUNG IN GERMAN BEER HALLS, WHILE EVERY
ONE HAS THEIR ARMS HOOKED TOGETHER AND SWAY BACK AND FORTH TO THE
MUSIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

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

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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KISSING IN A TREE

( NAME ) AND ( NAME ) SITTING IN A TREE. K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE
AND THEN COMES MARRIAGE
AND THEN COMES A BABY IN A
BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: LEARN IN CHILDHOOD IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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SONG

THE LORD WATCH BETWEEN ME AND THEE
WHILE WE ARE ABSENT ONE FROM ANOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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GERMAN LOVE SONG

DU, DU LEICH MEIR IN HERTZEN
DU, DU LEICH MEIR IN SEIN
DU, DU MACH MEIR VIL SCHMERTZEN
WEIL ICH DICH LEIBEN WILL.

TRANSLATION:
YOU, YOU LAY IN MY HEART,
YOU, YOU LAY IN MY MIND,
YOU, YOU MAKE ME SAD,
BECAUSE I WANT TO LOVE YOU.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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SIVY KOIN (GRAY HORSE)

SIVY KOIN, SIVY KOIN,
MALOWANE SANKA.
POWAGEN, POWAGEN,
DO MOJEY KOCHANKI.

TRANSLATION:
A GRAY HORSE, A GRAY HORSE,
RIDING A DECORATED SLED.
TO THE HOME, TO THE HOME,
OF HIS SWEETHEART.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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SONG: (ETERNAL TRIANGLE)

JOHNNY LOVES MARY,
MARY LOVES JIM,
JIMMY LOVES JOHNNY,
THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIM}

Where learned: CASTLE HARBOR HOTEL ; BERMUDA

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

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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FAMILY SONG

SIDE BY SIDE,
WE'LL GO FAR.
WHO CARES HOW MANY BUMPS THERE ARE?

CHORUS:
WE'LL GO BUMPTY, BUMPTY, BUMPTY, BUMP,
ON THE BUMPTY ROAD TO LOVE.
REMEMBER THIS,
IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG.
WE'LL STEAL A KISS,
AND MERELY ROLL ALONG.
MAYBE WE WILL,
AND MAYBE WE WON'T.
WHO CARES WHETHER WE DO OR DON'T?

Submitter comment: CHORUS IS REPEATED.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-11-1969

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CAMPSONG

LOVE GROWS UNDER THE WILD OAK TREE,
SUGAR FLOWS LIKE CANDY.
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN SHINES LIKE GOLD,
WHEN YOU KISS YOUR LITTLE HONEY SORT OF HANDY. (ENDS HERE.)
DREAMS, DREAMS, WONDERFUL DREAMS,
SOME FOR YOU AND SOME FOR ME,
OH......... (BEGIN AGAIN, FASTER EACH TIME)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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SONG

I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL,
AS PRETTY AS CAN BE
AND ALL THE BOYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD,
GO CRAZY OVER ME.
THEY GIVE ME ALL THEIR MONEY,
THEY GIVE ME ALL THEIR PEARS,
THEY GIVE ME ALL THEIR PEACHES,
AND KISS ME ON THE STAIRS.
I GIVE THEM BACK THEIR MONEY,
I GIVE THEM BACK THEIR PEARS,
I GIVE THEM BACK THEIR PEACHES,
AND I KICK THEM DOWN THE STAIRS.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SONG IS OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY GESTURES.--KATHY LOESER

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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SONG

JOHN AND MARY
JOHN AND MARY, SITTING IN A TREE,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
FIRST COMES LOVE, AND THEN COMES MARRIAGE.
THEN COMES MARY WITH A BABY CARRIAGE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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DEE A DEE UM DUM

I'VE GOT A GIRL AND SHE IS A DAISY.
SHE DRIVES THE GUYS IN THIS WORLD PLUM CRAZY.
WITH HER STICKS AND HER STONES,
SHE MAY BREAK ALL MY BONES,
YOU CAN SAY ALL YOU WANT ABOUT MY LITTLE GIRL,
'CAUSE I'M GONNA LOVE HER ANYWAY.
WITH HER...

CHORUS:
DEE A DEE UM DUM, DEE A DEE UM DUM.

I TOOK MY GIRL INTO THE BIG CITY.
I BOUGHT HER RINGS AND THINGS TO MAKE HER PRETTY.
WITH HER FIGHTIN' AND FLIRTIN'
SHE DON'T CARE WHO SHE'S HURTIN'
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT MY LITTLE GIRL,
CAUSE I'M GONNA LOVE HER ANYWAY.
WITH HER...
REPEAT CHORUS.

Submitter comment: TO SING THIS SONG THE GROUP CAN BE DIVIDED WITH ONE PART SINGING
THE MELODY AND THE OTHER SINGING "DEE A DEE UM DUM" THROUGH THE SONG.
IT SOUNDS EVEN BETTER IF THE HARMONY IS DIVIDED INTO LOW AND
HIGH PARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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THE LAST MAZUR (POLISH SONG)

COME, LET'S DANCE ANOTHER MAZUR,
THOUGH THE DAY IS BREAKING,
"MAY I HAVE THE HONOR, KRYSIA,"
YOUNG LANCER IS SAYING.
BUT TOO LONG HE WILL NOT WAIT, PLEAD,
FOR HE IS A TRUE POLE,
EVER CHARMING, TAKES HER IN LEAD,
HUNDRED PAIRS TO FOLLOW.

GALLANT LANCER WHISPERS SOFTLY,
WITH HIS SPURS ARINGING,
KRYSIA'S HEART IS BEATING LOUDLY,
AND HER CHEEKS ARE BURNING.
"STEADY YOUNG HEART, STOP YOUR DREAMING,
LANCER CAN'T BE FAITHFUL,
FROM THE DISTANCE DRUMS ARE CALLING,
AND THE CANNON FEARFUL."

HEAR THE MUSKETS AND DRUMS ROLLING,
LANCER YOUR HORSE, HURA}
PRETTY KRYSIA, CEASE YOUR WEEPING,
LET US DANCE MAZURKA}
"ONCE AGAIN THE ROUND, LET'S HURRY,
ONE EMBRACE FRATERNAL,
COUNTRY CALLS ME, MY STEED'S READY,
MAZUR THIS ONE, FINAL."

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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SPIRITUAL

DE 219 TOOK MY BABY AWAY,
219 TOOK MY BABE AWAY,
217 BRING HER BACK SOMEDAY.

Submitter comment: HE USED TO HEAR HIS MOTHER SING THIS WHEN SHE HAD NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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ENGLISH FOLK SONG

HE COMES DOWN OUR ALLEY,
AND WHISTLES ME OUT,
WITH HIS TROUSERS ALL TORN,
AND SHIRT HANGING OUT.
STILL I LOVE HIM,
CAN'T DENY HIM,
I'LL BE WITH HIM,
WHEREVER HE GOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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ENGLISH FOLK SONG

DOWN BY THE FERRY DWELLS ROSIE LEE,
SHE IS VERY FOND OF ME.
WE'LL ROW TOGETHER WHEN SHE'S MY WIFE,
WE WILL FLOAT IN OUR OWN LITTLE BOAT,
DOWN THE STREAM OF LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

Date learned: 03-09-1971

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FOLK SONG (LIVELY, HUMOROUS, STILL HALF SAD)

I ONCE LOVED A GIRL,
FOR MORE THAN HALF A YEAR,
THOUGH I HAD TO DROP HER,
BECAUSE OF HOW THE PEOPLE TALKED.

CHORUS:
BAM, BAM-TARA, RA BAM-BAM,
TA RA RA BAM-BAM, TA-RA-RA-BAM-BAM-BAM.
IT'S EASIER TO HAUL LOADS OF WATER,
UP THE STEEPEST HILL,
THAN TO DROP A GIRL,
THAT YOU HAVE LOVED SO LONG

CHORUS
I WAS WALKING THROUGH A BACKYARD,
PAST THE RUE GARDEN,
WHEN I SAW MY LOVED ONE,
WRITING ME A LETTER.

CHORUS

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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FOLK SONG (FROM THE EASTERN COUNTRYSIDE)

FROM THE EASTERN COUNTRY SIDE ,
THE LITTLE SUN WAS RISING,
AND IN THE WEST,
A LITTLE CLOUD WAS TRAVELING.

I SAW A YOUNG MAIDEN
WALKING ALONG THE ROAD,
AS FAIR AS THE SUN.
THAT WAS RISING IN THE EAST.
COME HERE MY YOUNG MAIDEN,
COME HERE BY MY SIDE.
THEN BOTH OF US WILL SAY,
MANY SOFT LOVING WORDS.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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THE LANCERS CAME ( POLISH SONG)

BRIGHT MOON-BEAMS COME STREAMING THROUGH THE WINDOW,
BRIGHT MOON-BEAMS COME STREAMING THROUGH THE WINDOW,
WHERE STOOD A FAIR MAIDEN IN HER SHADOW,
WHERE STOOD A FAIR MAIDEN IN HER SHADOW,

LANCERS CAME RIDING AND SAW THE MAIDEN,
LANCERS CAME RIDING AND SAW THE MAIDEN,
"OPEN YOUR WINDOW," THEY BEGGED, "MY FAIR MAID,"
"OPEN YOUR WINDOW," THEY BEGGED, "MY FAIR MAID,"

QUICKLY THE MAIDEN UNLATCHED THE WINDOW,
QUICKLY THE MAIDEN UNLATCHED THE WINDOW,
"WELCOME," SHE GREETED, "BUT COME TOMORROW,"
"WELCOME," SHE GREETED, "BUT COME TOMORROW,"

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SANG THIS SONG WHILE IN THE ARMY.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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MANDY

MANDY WAS A BAHAMA GIRL, MANDY WAS A BAHAMA GIRL,
MANDY, OH MANDY, MANDY MINE.

DARK BROWN HAIR AND EYES OF BLUE, LOVED NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU,
MANDY, OH MANDY, MANDY MINE.

MARRIED HER ON A SATURDAY NIGHT, WAS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE,
MANDY, OH MANDY, MANDY MINE.

MANDY HAD A LITTLE BABY, HAD A LITTLE BABY JUST FOR ME,
MANDY, OH MANDY, MANDY MINE.

BABY MADE MY MANDY CRY, CRY SO HARD SHES SURE TO DIE
MANDY, OH MANDY, MANDY MINE.

BURIED HER IN BAHAMA SAND, WITH A WEDDING RING ON HER HAND,
MANDY, OH MANDY, MANDY MINE.

THERE'S A TEARDROP IN MY EYE, THERE TO STAY UNTIL I DIE,
FOR MANDY, MANDY, MANDY MINE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SONG WHILE IN SCOUTING. IT IS BELIEVED
THAT IF THIS SONG IS SUNG BEFORE 6 P.M., IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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