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WHAT'S YOUR NAME? MARY JANE.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
DOWN THE DRAIN.
WHAT DO YOU EAT?
PIG'S FEET.
WHAT DO YOU DRINK?
BLACK INK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S YOUNG NIECE RECITED THIS FOR HIM
MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

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

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SONG

IF YOU SPRINKLE WHEN YOU TINKLE,
BE A SWEETY AND WIPE THE SEATY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; CHEEKTOWAGA

James Callow Keyword(s): ADMONITION

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

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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NARRATIVE SONG

ALL THE GIRLS WHO HAVEN'T ANY BEAUS,
WORK DOWNTOWN AT SHILLITOS
IN THE NIGHT THEY FIX THEIR HAIR
AND WALK AROUND ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ANOTHER SONG WE SANG AT FAMILY PARTIES. THE ONLY PROBLEM
WITH IT WAS THAT MY GREAT-AUNT WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD REMEMBER
ALL THE WORDS. THIS SONG HAS A LITTLE LOCAL COLOR IN IT. SHILLITOS
IS THE LARGEST DEPARTMENT STORE IN CINCINNATI. FOUNTAIN SQUARE IS
INDEED A GATHERING PLACE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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NARRATIVE SONG

DOCTOR, DOCTOR, CAN YOU TELL
WHAT WILL MAKE POOR (GAL'S NAME) WELL?
SHE IS SICK AND ABOUT TO DIE
AND THAT WOULD MAKE (HER BEAU'S NAME) CRY.

Submitter comment: MY GREAT-AUNT PLAYED THIS ON THE PIANO AT ALL THE FAMILY PARTIES
THAT THEY HAD AT THEIR HOUSE. ALL THE KIDS WOULD JOIN IN THE
SINGING. IN THIS SONG THE NAME OF A GIRL COUSIN WAS ALWAYS FILLED
IN THE FIRST BLANK AND THEN A BOY COUSIN'S NAME WAS CHOSEN FOR THE
SECOND BLANK. NATURALLY NO ONE WAS REALLY SICK. THE OBJECT OF
THE SONG IS RATHER OBVIOUS--JUST PAIRING OFF THE GIRLS AND THE
BOYS WHO WERE THERE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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NARRATIVE SONG

OH DEAR MOTHER, PIN A ROSE ON ME.
THREE OLD MEN ARE AFTER ME.
TWO ARE BLIND AND THE OTHER CAN'T SEE.
OH DEAR MOTHER, PIN A ROSE ON ME.
(THIS IS SUNG TO THE TUNE OF PETER, PETER PUMPKINEATER.)

Submitter comment: WHEN MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND I WERE YOUNGER MY GREAT AUNTS USED
TO THROW BIG PARTIES. THIS WAS OUR FAVORITE SONG THAT WE ALWAYS
SANG AT EVERY ONE OF THOSE PARTIES. IT DIDN'T SEEM TO MATTER TO US
THAT DISTINCTIONS WERE MADE BETWEEN THE TWO MEN WHO WERE BLIND AND
THE OTHER ONE THAT COULDN'T SEE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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"ABC"

A STANDS FOR ADAMS, HEAD OF OUR NATION
B STANDS FOR BAILEY, HELL AND DAMNATION
C STANDS FOR CASEY--THEY CALL HIM HAWKEYE
D STANDS FOR DAVID, WHO SELLS THE BOSS OLD RYE
E STANDS FOR EVERHARDT, WHO'S ALWAYS IN FULL BLOOM
F STANDS FOR FLEMING, WHO RUNS THE SALOON
G STANDS FOR GRABER, WHO CUTS UP THE MEAT
H STANDS FOR HEALY, WHO TAKES IT IN TO EAT
I STANDS FOR ICKES, WHO DRINKS MIGHTY SLOW
J STANDS FOR JESSEP, WHERE POOR PEOPLE GO
K STANDS FOR KILLINGER, THE BOSS IRON-MAN
L STANDS FOR LEPPLER, WHO CHEATS YOU IF HE CAN
M STANDS FOR MATTHEWS, WHO DRIVES THE EXPRESS
N STANDS FOR NOTHING, WHO GIVES US A REST
O STANDS FOR OLRICH, YOU KNOW HIM QUITE WELL
P STANDS FOR PAUL, WHO CUTS QUITE A SWELL
Q STANDS FOR QUINCY, WHOSE BARGAINS ARE RARE
R STANDS FOR RICKHEIMER, WHO KEEPS US ALL SQUARE
S STANDS FOR SIBILA, WHO KEEPS US NEAR HIS FEET
T STANDS FOR TAYLOR, WHO GRINDS UP THE WHEAT
U STANDS FOR ULLUM, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW
V STANDS FOR VOGT, I PRESUME YOU ALL SAW
W STANDS FOR WATKINS, WHO GIVES THEM A DRINK
X STANDS FOR XILLION, THE POLICEMAN ALL HATE
Y STANDS FOR YOUNG, WHO DRIVES THE BAY MARE, AND
Z STANDS FOR ZENDER, WHO DRINKS LAGER BEER

Submitter comment: 1941 ON A HOME RECORD-MAKER, AND THE TONE QUALITY IS NOT PERFECT.
THIS WAS A FAVORITE OF MY LATE GRANDFATHER'S. SOME OF THE LAST
NAMES IN THE VERSE ARE NAMES VERY COMMON IN MASSILLON, OHIO,
WHERE HE LIVED HIS ENTIRE LIFE, AND HE PROBABLY SUBSTITUTED THEM AS
HE FOUND FIT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE "H IS FOR HEALY" LINE IS "H IS FOR
HACKETT" IN ANOTHER OF THE RECORDED VERSIONS. HEALY IS THE INFOR-
MANT'S SON-IN-LAW (AND MY UNCLE) WHO MADE ALL THE HOME RECORDS.
IN ANOTHER VERSION I HEARD, ALSO RECORDED BY MY LATE GRANDFATHER
THE ENTIRE SONG WAS THE SAME, EXCEPT FOR THE LAST
{FIRST?} TWO LINES, WHICH WERE CHANGED TO:
A STANDS FOR AUGUSTINE, WHO MAKES THE MALT SPIRITS
B STANDS FOR BAILEY, WHO'S STILL ON THE TURF
POSSIBLY THESE LINES WERE REPLACEMENTS FOR THE FIRST TWO LINES IN
THE TAPED VERSION, BUT OCCASIONALLY MY GRANDFATHER WOULD REMEMBER THE
OLDER LINES, AND SING THEM, INSTEAD.
SOME OF THE EXPRESSIONS USED ARE OUTMODED. FOR EXAMPLE, KILL-
INGER, THE BOSS IRON-MAN, IS PROBABLY A FOREMAN AT A STEEL MILL, OR
MAYBE EVEN A BLACKSMITH. PAUL, WHO CUTS QUITE A SWELL, IS A FLASHY
DRESSER.
IN EVERY VERSION, THE LETTERS A TO Y ARE CONSISTENTLY SPOKEN,
AND THE LETTER Z SUNG. THE "ATTENTION PUPILS" AND "THAT'S ALL" FORM-
ING THE START AND CLOSE OF THE VERSE, WERE PROBABLY NOT A PART OF THE
TRUE SONG, BECAUSE THEY APPEAR ONLY IN THIS VERSION.
NOTE THAT ON THE CASSETTE IS AN INTRODUCTION AND A CLOSING.
THIS IS NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL SONG, BUT IN ITS OWN RESPECT IS A
TRADITION--HEALY, THE ANNOUNCER, ALWAYS LIKED TO PROVIDE COMMENTARY
FOR THE SONGS RECORDED ON HIS MACHINE.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
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Date learned: 09-00-1941

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FISHY, FISHY IN THE BROOK, PAPA CATCH HIM WITH A HOOK, MOMMIE FRY HIM
IN A PAN, BABY EAT HIM LIKE A LITTLE MAN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A CHILD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 09-21-1972

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SONG

WEAR MY PINK PAJAMAS IN THE SUMMER WHEN ITS HOT/ WEAR MY
FLANNEL NIGHTIE IN THE WINTER WHEN IT'S NOT/ SOMETIMES IN
THE SPRINGTIME SOMETIMES IN THE FALL/ JUMP RIGHT IN BETWEEN THE
SHEETS WITH NOTHIN ON AT ALL/ GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH
GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH/ GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH/ WITH
NOTHIN ON AT ALL

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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" THE ANIMAL FAIR "

I WENT TO THE ANIMAL FAIR,
THE BIRDS AND THE BEES WERE THERE.
THE OLD BABOON, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON,
WAS COMBING HIS AUBURN HAIR.
THE MONKEY, HE GOT DRUNK.
HE SAT ON THE ELEPHANT'S TRUNK.
THE ELEPHANT SNEEZED AND FELL ON HIS KNEES,
AND THAT WAS THE END OF THE MONK, THE MONK,
THE MONK, THE MONK.
( REPEAT )

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

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I WANT A BEER

I WANT A BEER JUST LIKE THE BEER
THAT PICKLED DEAR OLD DAD.
IT WAS THE BEER AND THE ONLY BEER
THAT DADDY EVER HAD;
A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED BEER WITH A HEAD OF FOAM.
IT TOOK TEN MEN TO CARRY DADDY HOME.
OH, I WANT A BEER, JUST LIKE THE BEER
THAT PTICKLED MY OLD MAN.

Submitter comment: SUNG TO THE TUNE OF " I WANT A GIRL
JUST LIKE THE GIRL THAT MARRIED
DEAR OLD DAD".

Where learned: PARTY ; SIGMA PI

Keyword(s): FRATERNITY SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor

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THREE LITTLE DEVILS

THREE LITTLE DEVILS ALL DRESSED IN RED
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD
BUT THE THREAD STRING BROKE AND DOWN THEY ALL FELL
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY WENT TO....
REPEAT: TWO LITTLE DEVILS
USING: AND THEN ONE LITTLE DEVIL
ONE LITTLE DEVIL ALL DRESSED IN RED
TRIED TO GET TO HEAVEN ON THE END OF A THREAD
BUT THE THREAD STRING BROKE AND DOWN HE FELL
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN HE WENT TO.....
DON'T GET DISCOURAGED, DON'T GET DISMAYED
INSTEAD OF GOING TO HEAVEN THEY
ALL WENT TO BED.

Submitter comment: ( LEARNED IN: DETROIT CHILDHOOD )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS EUPHEMISM ; HELL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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SONG- PARAPHRASE OF RUBEN, RUBEN.

LINCOLN, LINCOLN
I'VE BEEN THINKING
WHAT IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING
SMELLS LIKE WHISKEY, TASTES LIKE WINE
OH MY GOSH IT'S TURPENTINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C32
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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PARODIES (SONGS)

HEY LOTTY LOTTY POTTY
HEY LOTTY POTTY PO
HEY LOTTY POTTY POTTY
HEY GIRL I LOVE YOU SO

I KNOW A GIRL NAMED BUFFALO BILL
HEY POTTY POTTY, PO
WHEN SHE WON'T DO IT HER BUFFALO WILL
HEY LOTTY POTTY PO}

REPEAT CHORUS

Submitter comment: TUNE OF SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN.
SONG FROM JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
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PARODY

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING,
I LOOKED UPON THE WALL,
THE BEDBUGS AND THE COOTIES WERE HAVING A GAME OF BALL.
THE SCORE WAS SIX TO NOTHING
THE BEDBUGS WERE AHEAD
THE COOTIES HIT A HOMERUN AND KNOCKED ME OUT OF BED.
YO HO, YO HO.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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SONG

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE
ANY BEDBUGS ON ME
IF YOU DO PICK A FEW
AND I'LL FRY THEM FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-25-1967

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PARODY OF "BYE, BYE BLACKBIRD"

PACK UP ALL MY UNDERWEAR, I DON'T CARE, I'LL GO BARE, BYE BYE
LONGJOHNS.
THEY WERE OH SO GOOD TO ME, TICKLED ME, HEE HEE HEE, BYE BYE
LONGJOHNS.
HOW I MISS THAT LITTLE TRAP DOOR BEHIND ME
IF YOU NEED ME YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME.
PACK UP ALL MY UNDERWEAR, I DON'T CARE, I'LL GO BARE
LONGJOHNS--BYE BYE.

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

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

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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SONG

(G) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?"
(B) MY NAME IS LEMME."
(G) "LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?"
(B) " LEMME KISS YA."

(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME IS IDA."
(B) "IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "IDA WANTA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME'S ALASKA."
(B) "ALASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "ALASKA MY MAMA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
(G) MY NAME IS OLLIE.
(B) OLLIE WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
(G) OLLIE-RIGHT}
(THEY KISS)

Submitter comment: CHILDREN'S SONG TO BE SUNG BY A GIRL AND BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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LITTLE PETER RABBIT

LITTLE PETER RABBIT HAD A FLY UPON HIS NOSE. LITTLE PETER RABBIT HAD
A FLY UPON HIS NOSE. LITTLE PETER RABBIT HAD A FLY UPON HIS NOSE. SO
HE BRUSHED IT TILL IT FLEW AWAY.

Submitter comment: NEXT TIME SONG IS SUNG, WORD "RABBIT" IS OMITTED AND THE HAND GESTURE
FOR BUNNY EARS SUBSTITUTED. NEXT ROUND, OMIT WORD "RABBIT" AND
"NOSE." AGAIN ACT OUT "NOSE" BY POINTING TO IT. THIRD TIME SONG IS
SUNG, OMIT THESE TWO WORDS AND ACT THEM OUT AND ALSO ACT OUT
WORD "BRUSHED".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN

THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN,
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEE.
" " " " " " "
" " " " " " "
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEE.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN ( 3 TIMES )
WAS ALL THAT HE COULD SEE ( 3 TIMES )
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
WAS ALL THAT HE COULD SEE

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX

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

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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BRASS BUTTON BLUE COAT CAN'T CATCH A
NANNY GOAT.

Submitter comment: THIS TERM WAS USED BY CHILDREN AT PLAY
IN PITTSBURG, PA. IN THE YEAR 1925.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): TAUNT

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

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