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SONG OF ILL HUMOR, AND RIDICULE

EVERY PARTY NEEDS A POOPER
THAT'S WHY WE INVITED YOU.
PARTY POOPER, PARTY POOPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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PARODY ON SONG

BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, SHUT UP YOUR FACE}
YOU AND YOUR SINGING ARE SUCH A DISGRACE...

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PARODY OF POP GOES THE WEASEL

I DON'T GO OUT WITH BOYS ANYMORE.
I'M NEVER GONNA MARRY.
I JUST GO OUT WITH GIRLS I ADORE.
WEEEEEEEEEE. I'M A FAIRY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): LESBIANISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD TOM DOOLEY
HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD AND CRY
HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD TOM DOOLEY
FOR TOMORROW YOU DIE.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

Date learned: 10-17-1967

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A POLISH SONG: BE GONE, WORRIES

BE GONE WORRIES, TROUBLES}
LIGHT YOUR PIPES, SET OUT THE BOTTLES}
WHILE WE,RE MERRY, GOOD FRIENDS TARRY,
GAILY TIME WILL FLY}
WHILE WE,RE MERRY, GOOD FRIENDS TARRY,
GAILY TIME WILL FLY}
WHILE WE,RE MERRY, GOOD FRIENDS TARRY,
GAILY TIME WILL FLY

WHAT,S THE USE OF MUCH COMPLAINING,
WHAT HAS GONE IS PAST RECLAIMING,
JOLLY FOLK WILL FIND LIFE HAPPY,
GRUMBLERS, JOY DENY}
JOLLY FOLK WILL FIND LIFE HAPPY,
GRUMBLERS, JOY DENY}
JOLLY FOLK WILL FIND LIFE HAPPY,
GRUMBLERS, JOY DENY}

COME NOW, KIND AND GOOD HOST,
FUN IS REALLY WHAT WE WANT MOST,
BRING THE WINE, PLEASE, BRING THE WINE PLEASE,
FILL OUR GLASSES FULL}
BRING THE WINE, PLEASE, BRING THE WINE PLEASE,
FILL OUR GLASSES FULL}
BRING THE WINE, PLEASE, BRING THE WINE PLEASE,
FILL OUR GLASSES FULL}

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Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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DEE-AH-DEF-UM-DUM

I GOT A GAL AND SHE IS A DAISY
SHE DRIVES THE GUYS IN THIS WORLD PLUMB CRAZY
WITH HER STICKS AND HER STONES SHE MAY BREAK ALL YOUR BONES
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANNA BOUT MY GIRL
CAUSE I'M GONNA LEAVE HER ANYWAY
WITH HER DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEEEE.

I TOOK MY GAL 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 WANNA BOUT MY LITTLE GIRL
CAUSE I'M GONNA LEAVE HER ANYWAY
WITH HER DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEEEE.
BACKGROUND CHORUS: SUNG IN TWO PART HARMONY BY ENTER GROUP.
VERSE: SUNG BY ONE OR TWO PERSONS FROM GROUPS TO FORM A THIRD
HARMONEZING PART.

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG WAS LEARNED BY BETSY NORTON FROM A FELLOW COUNSELOR,
WHOSE NAME SHE DOES NOT REMEMBER, AT C.Y.O. SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS
IN CARSONVILLE , MICHIGAN. IT HAS NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED TO THEIR
KNOWLEDGE. THE SONG HAS GANED SOME POPULARITY IN THE U-D CAMPUS
AND WAS PERFORMED BY BETSY AND A GROUP
OF GIRLS AS A CAMPUS HOOTENANNY
ON JANUARY 10, 1964.
SCORNFUL SONG CONCERNING PARTING.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

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A POLISH SONG: THE CUCKOO SINGS

THE CUCKOO IS CALLING,
A LAD IS LOOKING, FOR A BRIDGE,
HE'S LOOKING, HE'S CHOOSING,
TURNING HIS NOSE IN THE AIR.
CUCKOO, CUCKOO, AHA, AHA, ETC. (REFRAIN)
WODEERYDY ETC.

BOYS, O MY BOYS
WHAT MAKES YOU SO COCKSURE?
IS IT YOUR JACKETS,
OF WHICH YOU HAVE BUT ONE? (REFRAIN)

THE CUCKOO IS CALLING
HEAR MY MEART IS BEATING
THE BOY WHO SEEKS A RICH GIRL
IS A STUPID FELLOW (REFRAIN)

GO AND ASK THE CUCKOO,
HE'LL TELL YOU FOR SURE,
THE BOY WITH A GOOD HEAD
HE IS THE RICHEST.
POLISH TEXT AND MUSIC NOT KEYPUNCHED. SEE ORIGINAL 5X8 INCH CARD.

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG COMES FROM THE SOUTH WESTERN PART OF POLAND CALLED
SLASK. MY PARENTS WERE NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT, BUT I LEARNED IT AT
POLISH LESSONS IN DETROIT, FROM MRS. HELEN CHMIELEWSKI.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Lyric ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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MICHIGAN-I-O

COME ALL YOU JOLLY LUMBERMEN,
WHEREVER YOU MAY BE,
I PRAY YOU PAY ATTENTION
AND LISTEN UNTO ME.
'TIS OF SOME JOLLY LUMBERMEN
WHO DID AGREE TO GO
AND SPEND THE WINTER PLEASANTLY
IN MICHIGAN-I-O. MM
'TWAS EARLY IN THE SEASON,
THE FALL OF 'SIXTY-THREE,
A PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL
ONE MORNING CAME TO ME.
SAID HE, "MY BRISK YOUNG FELLOW,
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO
AND SPEND A WINTER PLEASANTLY
IN MICHIGAN-I-O?" MM
THEN I MADE HIM THIS REPLY
AND UNTO HIM DID SAY,
"MY GOING OUT TO MICHIGAN
DEPENDS UPON THE PAY.
IF YOU WILL PAY GOOD WAGES
AND PASSAGE TO AND FRO,
I THINK I'LL GO ALONG WITH YOU
TO MICHIGAN-I-O." MM
'TWAS BY THIS KIND PERSUASION
THAT HE HIRED QUITE A TRAIN,
TWENTY-FIVE OR THIRTY,
BOTH YOUNG AND ABLE MEN.
WE HAD A PLEASANT VOYAGE,
THE WAY WE HAD TO GO,
AND WE LANDED SAFE IN SAGINAW
IN MICHIGAN-I-O. MM
BUT HERE OUR PLEASURES ENDED,
AND TROUBLES THEY BEGAN.
WAYNE AND BRIGHT'S AGENTS
THEY CAME A-SAILING IN
AND LED US TO A COUNTRY--
THE WAY I DO NOT KNOW--
UP THE TOBACCO RIVER
IN MICHIGAN-I-O. MM
TO TELL HOW WE DID SUFFER
IS BEYOND THE ART OF MAN;
TO GIVE A GOOD DESCRIPTION
I'LL DO THE BEST I CAN:
OUR BOARD THE DOGS WOULD LAUGH AT;
OUR BED IT WAS THE SNOW.
GOD GRANT THERE IS NO MEANER PLACE
THAN MICHIGAN-I-O. MM
BUT NOW THE WINTER'S OVER,
AND HOMEWARD WE ARE BOUND;
AND IN THIS CURSED COUNTRY
NO LONGER WE'LL BE FOUND.
WE'LL GO BACK TO OUR SWEETHEARTS,
TELL OTHERS NOT TO GO
TO A GOD-FORSAKEN COUNTRY
CALLED MICHIGAN-I-O.

Submitter comment: MRS. TOWNE HEARD THIS SONG FROM SOMEONE IN HOUGHTON LAKE.
SHE DOES NOT REMEMBER WHO IT WAS, HOWEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): DISCONTENT ; LUMBERJACK

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C230
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

Date learned: 00001930S

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LOVED BY THE DELTA'S, AND CHASED BY THE AKA'S.I WOULD'VE GOT WITH A
QUE PEARL BUT THE FLEAS GOT IN THE WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn
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Date learned: 11-19-1987

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"Death Certificate"

It's the nigga ya love to hate with a new song,
So what really goes on,
Nothin' butta come up,
But ain't that a bitch,
They hate to see a young nigga rich,
But I refuse to switch even tho,
Cause I can't move to the smella,
Cause soon as y'all get some dough,
Ya wanna but a white bitch on ya elbow,
Movin' outcha neighborhood,
But I walk through the ghetto,
And the flava's good,
Little kids jumpin' on me,
But you, ya wanna but white and corny,
Livin' way out; "Nigga Go Home!"
Spray painted on ya house,
Trying to be white or a Jew,
But ask yourself, who are they to be equal to,
Git the hell out!,
Stop being an Uncle Tom,
Ya little sell out!,
House nigga scum!,
Give somethin' back to the place where ya made it from,
Be true to the game!
Before ya end up broke,
Fuck around and get ya ghetto pass revoked!,
I ain't sayin' no names,
Ya know who ya are,
Ya little punk!
Be true to the game,
When ya first start rhymin',
It started off slow,
And then ya started climbin',
But it wasn't fast enough, I guess,
So ya gave ya other style a test,
Ya was hard-core hip-hop,
But looka' cha self boy!,
Ya done flip-flop,
Giving our music away to the main stream,
Don't cha know they ain't down with the team!,
They just sent their boss over,
Put a bug in ya ear,
And now ya crossed over!
On MTV, but they don't care,
They'll hava' new nigga next year!,
Ya out in the cold,
No more white fans and no more soul,
And ya might hava' heart attack,
When ya find out that black folks,
Don't wantcha back!
And ya know what's worse,
You was just like the nigga in the first verse,
Stop sellin' out ya race!
And wipe that stupid ass smile off ya face!
Niggas always gotta show they teeth!
Now I'ma be brief,
Be true to the game,
A message to the Oreo Cookie!
Find a mirror and take a look G,
Do you like whatcha see,
Butcha quick to pointcha finger at me!
Ya wanna be the big fish,
Ya little guppy,
Black man can't be no yuppy,
Ya put on ya suit and tie and ya good clothes,
Ya don't associate with the negroes!
Ya wanna be just like Jack,
But Jack is callin' you a nigga behind ya back,
So back off genius!
I don't need you to correct my broken English!
Ya know that's right!
You ain't white, so stop holdin' ya ass tight!
Cause ya can't pass,
So why ya keep tryin' to pass withcha black ass!
Mr. Big, but in reality you shorter than a mig',
Ya only gotcha self to blame,
Git a grip, Oreo, and be true to the game!

Submitter comment: Rap has been referred to as a trendy style of music, that
could not compete against the more traditional styles of music.
Soul, Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz and many others have to take a
back seat to this rising style of music. The media has placed
a dark veil of controversy around the Rap industry. Nevertheless,
Rap is a multi-million dollar business, giving the
more traditional forms of music stiff competition. It is and has
been a very pertinent part of black expression. Cliches from Rap
are finding their way to commercials, radio, and movies.

Where learned: Life experience

James Callow Keyword(s): African-American defectors to white commercialism rebuked

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn
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Red Ring Around Your Nose

There's a red ring around your nose,
And every day it grows and grows.

(Sung to a tune nearly identical to the first two lines of the refrain of "The Billboard March."

 

Submitter comment:

Informant learned somewhere between 1965 and 1968.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; informant's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

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