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WORK SONG

WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK
JUST THINK A SONG
AND HUM ALONG
AND WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK

SMILE YOUR CARES AWAY
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
JUST THINK A SONG
AND LIFE WILL THEN BE GAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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SONG

COTTON NEEDS A-PICK-IN SO BAD
COTTON NEEDS A-PICK-IN SO BAD,
COTTON NEEDS A-PICK-IN SO BAD,
GON-NA PICK ALL OVER THIS FIELD.

1. WE PLANTED THIS COTTON IN APRIL
ON THE FULL OF THE MOON WE'VE HAD A
HOT, DRY SUMMER, THAT'S WHY IT OPENED
SO SOON.

2. BOY, STOP HOE-IN THAT COTTON
AND TAKE BETTER CARE,
MAKE HASTE YOU LAZY RASCAL,
AND BRING THAT ROW FROM THERE.

3. HURRY UP, HURRY UP, CHILDREN,
WE OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN GONE.
THIS WEATHER LOOKS VERY CLOUDY
I THINK IT'S GO-IN TO STORM.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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WORK SONG

THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES,
WASH OUR CLOTHES, WASH OUR CLOTHES;
THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES,
SO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE IRON OUR CLOTHES,
IRON OUR CLOTHES, IRON OUR CLOTHES;
THIS IS THE WAY WE IRON OUR CLOTHES,
SO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE CLEAN OUR WINDOWS,
CLEAN OUR WINDOWS, CLEAN OUR WINDOWS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE CLEAN OUR WINDOWS,
SO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE SWEEP OUR FLOORS,
SWEEP OUR FLOORS, SWEEP OUR FLOORS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE SWEEP OUR FLOORS,
SO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE MAKE OUR BEDS,
MAKE OUR BEDS, MAKE OUR BEDS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE MAKE OUR BEDS;
M SO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE SCRUB OUR FLOORS,
SCRUB OUR FLOORS, SCRUB OUR FLOORS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE SCRUB OUR FLOORS,
SO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE GO TO CHURCH,
GO TO CHURCH, GO TO CHURCH;
THIS IS THE WAY WE GO TO CHURCH,
SO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; DAYS OF THE WEEK

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

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SONG-WORK

OH THE BOATMEN DANCE AND THE BOATMEN SING
AND THE BOATMEN DO MOST ANYTHING
WHEN THE BOATMEN COME TO SHORE
THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY AND THEN WORK FOR MORE.

REFRAIN
HI HO THE BOATMEN GO UP AND DOWN THE RIVER ON THE OLD BIYOU
HIHO THE BOATMEN GO UP AND DOWN THE RIVER ON THE OLD BATEAU.

DID YOU EVER SEE WHERE THE BOATMEN LIVE
IN A HOUSE IN A HOLLOW WITH A ROOF LIKE A SIEVE
BOATMEN SAYS IF HE GETS ONE WISH
IF HE GETS MUCH WETTER HE'S GONNA BE A FISH.
REFRAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-20-1969

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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

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

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

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I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD

WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PLEDGE SONG,
ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY,
WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PLEDGE SONG,
AND WE HOPE IT IS O.K.

CAN'T YOU SEE OUR KNEE'S A-KNOCKING
WE'RE NOT COMPOSED AS WE SEEM,
CAN'T YOU HEAR OUR HEARTS A-SHOUTING
TRI SIGMA SUPREME}

Submitter comment: SONG OF SIGMA TRI BETA TAU CHAPTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SORORITY OR FRATERNITY SONG

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

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PLANTING SONG

PLANTING RICE IS NEVER FUN
BENT FROM MORNING TIL THE SET OF SUN
CANNOT STAND OR CANNOT SIT
CANNOT REST FOR A LITTLE BIT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Work

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SCHOONER TOW SONG

WE LEAVES DETROIT BEHIND US,
WE SETS OUR CANVAS TIGHT;
THE TUG SLOWS UP AND CASTS US OFF,
OLD ERIE HEAVES IN SIGHT}

SO WE WATCH OUR TILLER CLOSER,
WE KEEPS OUR SHEET ROPES CLEAR;
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS STIDDY WIND
ALONG LAKE ERIE HERE.

Submitter comment: CIRCA 1890

Where learned: GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECKS ; SURVIVALS ; PAGE 133

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Work

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SONG

INKY PINKY MY GOOD HEN,
LAY SOME EGGS FOR A GENTLEMAN.
SOMETIMES NINE, SOMETIMES TEN,
INKY PINKY MY GOOD HEN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN CANADA ON FARM.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CUSTOM: JAPAN NEW YEAR'S

"OMOCHI" (RICE DOUGH) POUNDING IS STILL AN INTEGRAL PART OF NEW
YEAR'S CELEBRATION. IT IS THE MAKING OF THE OLDEST FOOD OF JAPAN
AND IN THE COUNTRY THE POUNDING IS DONE BY THE FEET OF SERVANTS
WHO SING THE FOLLOWING TRADITIONAL SONG AS THEY WORK:


"THE MOUSE IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY"
WE ARE THE MESSENGERS OF THE GOOD-LUCK GOD,
THE MERRY MESSENGERS.
WE'RE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD, YET NEVER HAVE HEARD
THE FEARFUL CRY OF CAT;
FOR WE'RE THE MESSENGERS OF THE GOOD-LUCK GOD,
THE MERRY MESSENGERS.

Submitter comment:

WHEN IN JAPAN, INFORMANT USED TO WATCH "OMOCHI" POUNDING AT HER
FATHER'S ANCESTRAL HOME.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Work
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F690 F690.101
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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