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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

REFRAIN: SHULE, SHULE, SHULE A ROO
SHULE A RACK SHACK A BAR BAACOO
WHEN I SAW MY SALLY BABY BEAL,
COME BIBBLE IN THE BOO SHY COREY.

VERSE: HERE I SIT ON BUTTERMILK HILL,
WHO COULD BLAME ME CRY MY FILL
EVERY TEAR WOULD TURN A MILL
JOHNNY'S GONE FOR A SOLDIER.
REFRAIN:

VERSE: OH, MY BABY, OH, MY DOVE,
GONE THE RAINBOW, GONE THE DOVE,
YOUR FATHER WAS MY ONLY LOVE.
JOHNNY'S GONE FOR A SOLDIER.

REFRAIN:
VERSE: I SOLD MY FLAX, I SOLD MY WHEEL,
TO BUY MY LOVE A SWORD OF STEEL,
SO IN BATTLE HE MIGHT WIELD,
JOHNNY'S GONE FOR A SOLDIER.
REFRAIN:

Submitter comment: KATHY SANG THIS WHILE PLAYING THE GUITAR.

Where learned: BEDROOM

Keyword(s): SCHULE, SCHULE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle

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TRI SIGMA BORN

I'M TRI SIGMA BORN
I'M TRI SIGMA BRED
AND WHEN I DIE
I'LL BE TRI SIGMA DEAD

RA-RA FOR SIGMA SIGMA
RA-RA FOR SIGMA SIGMA
RA-RA FOR SIGMA TRI.

Submitter comment: SONG OF SIGMA TRI
BETA TAU CHAPTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones, Miss Jenny Jones,
Miss Jenny Jones.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones, Miss Jenny Jones,
Miss Jenny Jones.
Miss Jenny Jones is washing; she's washing, she's washing my
shirts.
Miss Jenny Jones is washing, you cannot see her now.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones, and how is she this day?
Miss Jenny Jones is ironing, she's ironing, she's ironing
my shirts.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones, Miss Jenny Jones,
Miss Jenny Jones.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones today, and how is she?
Miss Jenny Jones is sick, she is sick, she is sick in bed.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones, Miss Jenny Jones,
Miss Jenny Jones.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones today, and how is she?
Miss Jenny Jones is dying, she's dying, she's dying.
Miss Jenny Jones is dying; You cannot see her now.
I come to visit Miss Jenny Jones, Miss Jenny Jones,
Miss Jenny Jones.
Miss Jenny Jones is stiff and dead, she's stiff and dead,
she lies stiff and dead in her grave.
Miss Jenny Jones is dead, dead, dead.
You cannot see her now.

Submitter comment: My mother learned this from her mother. My grandmother told my
mother this story because she never liked to visit her friends.
The story was to let my mother know her friends would not be around
forever so she had better see them while she can.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001950S

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Birthday Celebration Festivities

At each birthday celebration in their family there are four
variations of "Happy Birthday" sung. The first of these songs is
the traditional "Happy Birthday" song. "Happy birthday to you /
Happy birthday to you / Happy birthday dear (insert name) / Happy
birthday to you." The second of these versions inserts "May the
dear Lord bless you" into the verse of the song. The third
version is sung "Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo / You
look like a monkey, and you smell like one too." And the final
song which is sung is the Polish "Stolat." This is the Polish
"Happy Birthday" song. Patti can sing the words to the song, but
she does not know exactly how to spell them since she learned the
song through oral tradition from her Polish grandmother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial Moment of Life Life Cycle
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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Song for Crucial Moment of Life

At weddings or funerals the Lebanese elders chant a song something like a dirge and always to the same tune. However they make up the words to fit the occasion and the person or people involved. It can be either iin praise for the couple getting married, or a eulogy for the dead person.

Submitter comment:

Attitude: Trusting

Where learned: informant's home

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

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