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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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PROHIBITION SONG

THERE WAS A LITTLE MAN
WHO HAD A LITTLE CAN
AND HE WENT TO VISIT THE GROWLER
HE WENT TO THE SALOON
ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON
AND HE HEARD THE OLD MAN HOLLER
NO BEER TODAY
NO BEER TODAY
WE DON'T SELL BEER ON SUNDAY
NO BEER TODAY
NO BEER TODAY
YOU'LL HAVE TO COME AROUND ON A MONDAY

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED FROM THE BEER MAN AS HE WALKED DOWN THE
STREETS DURING PROHIBITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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CRIES OF A STREET VENDOR

"GET YOUR RED HOTS"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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STREET CRY

WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG, A FRUIT VENDOR USED
TO REGULARLY COME DOWN MY STREET, SINGING
IN A MINOR KEY, STRAWBERRIES} THREE QUARTS
F'RA DOLLA. " IT SOUNDED A LITTLE LIKE THE BEGINNING
OF "TARANTELLA". ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO AFTER AN
ABSENCE OF ABOUT FOUR YEARS, THIS SAME MAN
CAME DOWN MY STREET SINGING IN A MINOR KEY:
"STRAWBERRIES} TWO QUARTS F'RA DOLLA}

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CRIES OF A STREET VENDOR

NUTS, POTATOE CHIPS, CARAMEL CORN...

Submitter comment: ...USUALLY AT A BALLGAME.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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VENDOR'S CRY

STRAWBERRIES,
STRAWBERRIES,
THREE QUARTS FOR A DOLLAR.

Submitter comment: MEN COME AROUND IN SUMMERTIME CRYING THIS PHRASE. THEY
HAVE BEEN DOING IT REPEATEDLY SINCE I CAN REMEMBER.
OF COURSE, HOWEVER, THE PRICES HAVE CHANGED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CRIES OF STREET VENDORS

ITALIAN STREET VENDORS USED TO GO BY
SHOUTING FROM THEIR TRUCKS: "STROM-
BERRY, STROMBERRY, TWO QUARTS FOR
QUARTER. YELLOWBAMA SWEET CORN."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED TO HEAR THIS CRY WHEN
SHE WAS A CHILD IN DETROIT IN THE 30'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor

Date learned: 00001930S

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CRY OF A VENDOR

I SCREAM
YOU SCREAM
WE ALL SCREAM
FOR ICE CREAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COBO HALL ; BASKETBALL GAME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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CAMP SONG WHITE SAND AND GRAY SAND

WHITE SAND AND GRAY SAND,
WHO'LL BUY MY GRAY SAND?
WHO'LL BUY MY WHITE SAND?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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THIS IS A CHANT USED BY A BLACK PEANUT VENDOR TO ATTRACT ATTENTION
TO HIS WARES.
LARGE PEANUTS, GOLDEN BROWN,
MAKES MY LIPS JUMP UP AND DOWN.
BEST PEANUTS IN ALL THE TOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED BY ME WHEN MY FRIEND RECALLED THE RATHER AMUSING
INCIDENT WHEN SHE RETURNED FROM A VACATION IN ALABAMA

Where learned: ALABAMA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1986 ; 00-00-1986

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Red Hots

Hot Dog vendors often yell this phrase at baseball, football, basketball, etc, any sports activity, when trying to sell their weiner: "get your red-hots right here!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Anonymous

Keyword(s): BASEBALL ; Basketball ; Football ; Hot ; Hot Dog ; Red ; SALE ; Sell ; SPORTS ; Vendor

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

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Street Vendor

Roses are red and daisies are yellow
Buy a candy bar and tell the other fellow--
Candy bars!!

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and same residence.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; 2101 Belmont Blvd.

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

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