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(BOY'S NAME) AND (GIRL'S NAME) SITTING IN A TREE,
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. (SPELLING)
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,
THEN COMES (NAME) WITH THE BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS FROM GRADESCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTI-CLIMAX HUMOR SYMBOL ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: TROCHAIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SEX, REFRAIN ; SPELLING RHYME

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SMART ALECK RHYME

LIAR, LIAR, TWO BY FOUR,
CAN'T GET THROUGH THE KITCHEN DOOR.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.

Data entry tech comment: FATTY, FATTY, TWO BY FOUR....

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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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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CHILDREN'S NARRATIVE SONG

NOBODY LIKES ME, EVERYBODY HATES ME, GUESS I'LL GO EAT WORMS. FAT,
LITTLE, SKINNY ONES, TINY-WINY, THIN ONES, FUZZY-WUZZY-WUZZY WORMS.
BITE THEIR HEADS OFF. SUCK THEIR JUICE OUT. THROW THEIR SKINS
AWAY. NOBODY KNOWS HOW MANY WORMS I EAT THREE TIMES A DAY!!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE ; PARANOIA

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

TAKE ME OUT TO THE CAFE. TAKE ME OUT WITH THE CROWD.
BUY ME SOME WHISKEY AND GINGERALE,
I DON'T CARE IF I WIND UP IN JAIL.
CAUSE IT IS ONE ROOT-ROOT FOR THE CAFE./
DRINK IS ALRIGHT WITH ME.
SO IT'S ONE/, TWO, THRE OUTE STRIKES YOU'RE .

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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CHILDREN'S SONG

I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE, I SEE SOMEONE'S UNDERPANTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

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

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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HI HO, HI HO

HI HO, HI HO,
IT'S OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO
WE LEARN SOME JUNK
AND THEN WE FLUNK
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.
HI HO, HI HO
IT'S OFF TO CHURCH WE GO
WITH A BOTTLE OF BEER
AND A KICK IN THE REAR
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.
HI HO, HI HO
I BIT THE TEACHER'S TOE
THE DIRTY RAT
SHE BIT ME BACK
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: CLAIRE SAYS SHE LEARNED THESE SONGS AT GIRL SCOUT CAMP. I ALSO
HEARD THE LITTLE GIRL I BABYSIT FOR SINGING THE THIRD ONE.
HER MOTHER TRIED TO STOP HER BY SAYING' "YOU SHOULDN'T SING SONGS
LIKE THAT. HOWEVER' I DON'T THINK THE MOTHER'S ADMONITION FAZED
THE LITTLE GIRL MUCH. IT WILL PROBABLY ONLY HELP TO IMPRINT THIS
SONG ON HER MIND.

James Callow comment: HI HO= SONG FROM WALT DISNEY MOVIE "SNOW WHITE"
CK[ SATIRE OF EDUCATION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF EDUCATION

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

Date learned: 00-01-1974

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CHILDREN'S SONG

A SAILOR WENT TO SEA, SEA , SEA TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEA, SEA, SEA.
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD SEA, SEA, SEA, WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE
DEEP BLUE SEA, SEA, SEA

Submitter comment: IN PLACE OF THE WORD SEA SUBSTITUTE PROGRESSIVELY KNEE, CHINA,
HONG KONG, AND
HAWAII. THE LAST TIME INSERT ALL THE WORDS. ACTIONS TO
BE DONE:
SEA - SALUTE CHOP-HIT THE INSIDE OF YOUR ARM IN CHOPPING MOTION
KNEE: TOUCH THE KNEE. CHINA: PUSH THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR EYES TO
MAKE THEM APPEAR CHINESE; HAWAII--HULA DANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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IF YOU PLEASE MISS NELLIE

BOY: IF YOU PLEASE, MISS NELLIE
WHY DO YOU WEAR A FROWN?
YESTERDAY I WAS LONELY
BECAUSE YOU WENT TO TOWN
GIRL: NO SIR, YOU WERE NOT LONELY
I SAW YOU OUT WITH BESSIE BROWN
I SAW YOU BITE HER APPLE
I SAW YOU TWIST HER CURL
BOY: I WAS JUST TALKING TO HER
GIRL: WELL, THEN GO TALK SOME MORE
BOY: NELLIE, DO BE MY PLAYMATE
JUST AS YOU WERE BEFORE
BOTH: PLAYMATES, PLAYMATES
SINCE OUR BABY DAYS
LITTLE PLAYMATES
TRA, LA, LA
BOTH: NOW WE QUARREL - LA, LA, LA
GIRL: RUN RIGHT AWAY, YOU BIG BILLY GRAY
FOR I SHALL BE TEDDY'S GIRL
BOY: HERE IS A ROSY APPLE
GIRL: GIVE IT TO BESSIE BROWN
BOY: SEE HERE I HAVE A BRAND NEW DIME
I CAN BUY TWO BIG ICE CREAMS
BESSIE'S THEY'LL BE AND MINE
GIRL: I WAS JUST FOOLING, BILLY
OF COURSE I DIDN'T MEAN IT SO
BILLY COME BACK, I WON'T PLAY WITH JACK
YOU'RE THE BEST BOY I KNOW
BOTH: PLAYMATES, PLAYMATES
SINCE OUR BABY DAYS
LITTLE PLAYMATES
TRA, LA, LA
THAT'S HOW IT IS, JUST HOW IT IS
WITH A SAUCER OF PINK ICE CREAM

Submitter comment: SINCE THE TWO CHARACTERS IN THIS SONG ARE YOUNG, IT SHOULD
IDEALLY BE SUNG BY TWO SMALL CHILDREN. MY FATHER AND AUNT PERFORMED
IT AT A CHURCH SHOW WHEN THEY WERE AGED 8 AND 10, RESPECTIVELY.
BOTH REMEMBERED IT INDEPENDENTLY, WORD FOR WORD, THOUGH NEITHER WAS
ABLE TO RECALL FROM WHERE THEY ORIGINALLY LEARNED IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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OCTOBER GAVE A PARTY

OCTOBER GAVE A PARTY
THE LEAVES BY HUNDREDS CAME
THE CHESTNUT, OAK, AND MAPLE
AND LEAVES OF EVERY NAME
THE SUNSHINE SPREAD THE CARPET
AND EVERYTHING LOOKED GRAND
MISS WEATHER LED THE DANCING
PROFESSOR WIND THE BAND
THE CHESTNUTS CAME IN YELLOW
THE OAK IN CRIMSON DRESS
THE LOVELY MRS. MAPLE
IN SCARLET LOOKED HER BEST
ALL DANCED TO THEIR PARTNERS
AND GAILY FLUTTERED BY
THE SWEET ONE LIKE A RAINBOW
NEW-FALLEN FROM THE SKY
THEN IN THE RUSTIC BILLOW
AT HIDE AND SEEK THEY PLAYED
THE PARTY BROKE AT SUNDOWN
BUT STILL THE LEAVES ALL STAYED
PROFESSOR WIND PLAYED LOUDER
THEY FLEW ALONG THE GROUND
AND HERE THE PARTY ENDED
WITH A JOLLY OLD HAND ROUND

Submitter comment: THIS SONG WAS LEARNED BY MY AUNT FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
SIX YEARS OLD.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTUMN ; PERSONIFICATION

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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I'M A PRETTY LITTLE KITTEN

I'M A PRETTY LITTLE KITTEN
MY NAME IS TABBY GRAY
I LIVE OUT IN THE COUNTRY
SO MANY MILES AWAY
MY EYES ARE DARK AS HAZEL
MY FUR IS SOFT AS SILK
I'M FURNISHED IN THE MORNING
WITH A SAUCER FULL OF MILK
THE MILK COMES FRESH AND FOAMY
FRESH FROM THE GOOD OLD COW
AND AFTER I HAVE LAPPED IT
I FROLIC YOU KNOW HOW
I'M PETTED BY THE CHILDREN
THE MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE
AND SOMETIMES WHEN I'M NIMBLE
I CAN CATCH A LITTLE MOUSE
BUT SOMETIMES WHEN I'M NAUGHTY
I CLIMB UPON THE STAND
AND EAT THE CAKE OR CHICKEN
OR ANYTHING I CAN
AW, THEN THEY HIDE MY SAUCER
NO MATTER HOW I MEW
AND THAT'S THE WAY I'M PUNISHED
FOR THE NAUGHTY THINGS I DO

Submitter comment: THIS SONG HAS BEEN KNOWN BY MY AUNT SINCE SHE WAS A SMALL GIRL,
AND SHE USED TO SING IT TO ME WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD. SHE HAS
LONG HAD IT MEMORIZED. I HAVE SEEN IN CHILDREN'S STORY-BOOKS A SIM-
ILAR STORY (NOT SET TO MUSIC) ABOUT A HORSE NAMED DAPPLE GRAY, BUT
HAVE NEVER SEEN OR HEARD THE KITTEN VERSION ANYWHERE OTHER THAN FROM
MY AUNT, AND IT IS THE ONLY VERSION SHE KNOWS.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): CAT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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CHILDREN'S SONG - ENGLISH SONG ABOUT WELSH PEOPLE

TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN
HOUSE AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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CHILDRENS SONG - ENGLAN'S

LONDON BURNING, LONDON BURNING, LOOK YONDER - LOOK YONDER
FIRE - FIRE - FIRE - FIRE - GO FETCH ME SOME WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

QUESTION: HOW DOES A POLAK SPELL FARM?
E-I-E-I-O

James Callow comment:

E-I-E-I-O IS THE REFRAIN IN THE CHILDREN'S SONG "OLD
MCDONALD HAD A FARM."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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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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CHILDREN'S SONG

WHILE ONE SLICK SEAL SLID IN THE SLUSH, THE OTHER SLICK SEAL
SLID OUT (REPEAT THREE MORE TIMES).
GLORY, GLORY WHAT'S IT TO YA?
GLORY, GLORY WHAT'S? IT TO YA?
GLORY, GLORY WHAT'S IT TO YA?
WHILE ONE SLICK SEAL SLID IN THE SLUSH, THE OTHER SLICK SEAL SLID
OUT.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CHILDREN'S SONG

MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME PEACHES
MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME PEARS
MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME FIFTY CENTS
AND KICKED ME DOWN THE STAIRS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT MANY OF HER FRIENDS AND HER SISTERS USED
TO SING THIS WITH HER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. SHE ALSO TOLD ME THAT
THIS CAN ALSO BE USED WITH A CLAPPING BEAT OF WHATEVER THE SINGER
THINKS WILL GO WITH THE SONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUIT AS GIFTS ; INITIAL ITERATION MEDIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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SONG

DON'T YOU LAUGH WHEN A HEARSE GOES BY FOR YOU MAY BE THE NEXT
TO DIE.
THEY WRAP YOU UP IN A BIG WHITE SHEET AND THROW YOU DOWN ABOUT SIXTY
FEET. WORMS CRAWL IN AND WORMS CRAWL OUT AND ANTS PLAY PINOCLE
IN YOUR SNOUT.
SO DONT YOU LAUGH WHEN A HEARSE GOES BY FOR YOU MAY BE THE
NEXT TO DIE

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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SONG

WHATS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY ? MY NAME IS LEMME LEMME
WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YA. WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL? MY NAME IS
IDA IDA. WHAT
LITTLE GIRL?/ IDA WANT TO. WHAT'SS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY? MY NAME IS
LEMME LEMME. WHAT E BOY ? LEMME KISS /YA. WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTL
LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS ASKA ASKA. WHAT LITTLE GIRL ? ASKA MAMA. WHAT'S YOUR
NAME LITTLE BOY ? MY NAME IS LEMME LEMME. WHAT LITTLE BOY ?
LEMME KISS
YA. WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL? MY NAME IS ALLA ALLA. WHAT LITTLE
GIRL? ALLA RIGHT.

Submitter comment: SUNG WITH GESTURES

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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VERSE

ITS RAINING, ITS POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING.
HE WENT TO BED AND BUMPED HIS HEAD,
AND DIDN'T WAKE UP TILL MORNING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-06-1972

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