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LYRIC

"TODAY'S THE DAY WE GIVE BABIES AWAY
WITH EVERY POUND OF TEA.
IF YOU KNOW ANY LADIES,
WHO WANT ANY BABIES,
JUST SEND THEM AROUND TO ME".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME (SLANT) ; SLANT RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Birth
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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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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Happy Birthday to you.
You belong in a zoo.
You look like a monkey.
You smell like one too.

Submitter comment: This is sung to the tune of Happy Birthday.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): theriomorphism

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Birthday Song

To the tune of "Happy Birthday to You":

May you live a hundred years,
May you drink a million beers,
Get pastered you....bad boy,
Happy birthday to you!

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

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

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