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"I REMEMBER THAT BEFORE WE WENT TO SLEEP, WE USED TO PLAY SHADOW
GAMES WITH YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF A LIGHT, FORMING FIGURES ON THE
WALL."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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LITTLE PETER RABBIT

LITTLE PETER RABBIT HAD A FLY UPON HIS NOSE. LITTLE PETER RABBIT HAD
A FLY UPON HIS NOSE. LITTLE PETER RABBIT HAD A FLY UPON HIS NOSE. SO
HE BRUSHED IT TILL IT FLEW AWAY.

Submitter comment: NEXT TIME SONG IS SUNG, WORD "RABBIT" IS OMITTED AND THE HAND GESTURE
FOR BUNNY EARS SUBSTITUTED. NEXT ROUND, OMIT WORD "RABBIT" AND
"NOSE." AGAIN ACT OUT "NOSE" BY POINTING TO IT. THIRD TIME SONG IS
SUNG, OMIT THESE TWO WORDS AND ACT THEM OUT AND ALSO ACT OUT
WORD "BRUSHED".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SONG

ROCK, SWORD, PAPER.
AIKO DE SHO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS REFRAIN
WHILE GROWING UP IN JAPAN
AND TEACHES HIS AMERICAN-BORN GRANDCHILDREN THIS SONGGAME.
USING ONE HAND ONLY,
A GROUP OF CHILDREN SING THE ABOVE SONG,
AND AT A GIVEN TIME,
AND ALL AT ONCE,
FORM WITH THEIR HAND
A "ROCK," "SWORD," (SHAPE OF A "V"), OR "PAPER" (PALM HELD FLAT).
ONE BY ONE THE PLAYERS ARE ELIMINATED ACCORDING TO THE FORMULA:
"ROCK" CRUSHES "SWORD"; "PAPER" ENFOLDS "SWORD";
"SWORD" CUTS "PAPER".

Data entry tech comment: WOULDN'T PAPER ENFOLD ROCK? COLLECTOR SAYS SWORD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 07-05-1964

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CAMPFIRE GAME.

EACH MEMBER SITTING IN A CIRCLE TAKES A NUMBER.
THEN IN UNISON EACH HITS HIS THIGHS WITH BOTH HANDS AND
THEN CLAPS TWICE. ONCE EVERYONE IS IN TIME
SOMEONE CALLS OUT HIS NUMBER WHILE HITTING HIS
THIGHS AND THEN CALLS SOMEONE ELSES WHILE CLAPPING HIS HANDS.
ON THE NEXT THIGH CLAP THE PERSON WHOSE NUMBER WAS CALLED
REPEATS THE PROCESS USING SOMEBODY ELSES NUMBER.
ANYONE MISSING A BEAT IS OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory

Date learned: CA05171973

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MARCO POLO-WATER GAME

ONE PERSON STANDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WATER
WITH HIS EYES CLOSED. HE YELLS MARCO AND THE OTHER PLAYERS
YELL POLO. HE MUST THEN, BY THE SOUND OF THEIR
VOICES, TOUCH ONE OTHER PLAYER WHO THEN BECOMES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: CA05171973

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FAN SONG

MY SHIP CAME FROM CHINA, WITH A
CARGO OF TEA, IT'S FULL OF SURPRISES FOR
YOU AND FOR ME, IT BROUGHT ME A FAN, JUST
IMAGINE MY BLISS, AS I FAN MYSELF DAILY
LIKE THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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PAT-A-CAKE

PAT-A-CAKE, PAT-A-CAKE BAKER'S MAN BAKE ME A CAKE AS FAST AS YOU CAN
ROLL IT PAT IT MARK IT WITH A B PUT IT IN THE OVEN FOR BABY AND ME.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C 75 Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 02-23-1979

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CHILDREN'S SONG, BODILY GAME

FATHER ABRAHAM HAD SEVEN SONS,
SIR SEVEN SONS, HAD FATHER ABRAHAM
AND NONE OF THEM CRIED.
ALL THEY EVER DID WAS THIS } }
EACH TIME YOU SING THIS VERSE ADD ANOTHER MOVEMENT (SHAKE RIGHT HAND,
SHAKE LEFT FOOT....)

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN AMUSING GAME TO BE PLAYED WITH SMALL CHILDREN, IT HAS
BEEN IN THEIR FAMILY FOR FOUR GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

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SISSY TEST

RUBBING THE TOP OF A PERSON'S HAND UNTIL THEY CAN NO
LONGER STAND THE PAIN OR THEY START TO BLEED

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SORT OF A DARE TO SEE IF THE BOYS IN
OUR GRADESCHOOL WERE TOUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00001970S

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

ONE PERSON IS THE TRAFFIC LIGHT.
HE STANDS WITH HIS BACK TO THE OTHER
PLAYERS WHO STAND A REASONABLE DISTANCE
FROM HIM. WHEN THE PERSON WHO IS THE
TRAFFIC LIGHT SAYS "GREEN LIGHT" EVERYONE RUNS TOWARDS HIM. THEN HE
TURNS AROUND AND SAYS "RED LIGHT"
ANYONE CAUGHT MOVING IS OUT OF THE
GAME. IF ONE OF THE PLAYERS REACHES THE PERSON WHO IS THE TRAFFIC
LIGHT BEFORE HE TURNS AROUND AND SAYS,
"RED LIGHT" HE WINS THE GAME AND
BECOMES THE TRAFFIC LIGHT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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HAND CLAPPING GAME

I DON'T WANT TO GO TO MEXICO
NO MORE, MORE, MORE,
THERE'S A BIG FAT POLICEMAN
AT MY DOOR, DOOR, DOOR.
HE'LL GRAB YOU BY THE COLLAR
HE'LL MAKE YOU PAY A DOLLAR
I DON'T WANT TO GO TO MEXICO
NO MORE, MORE, MORE.

Submitter comment: THE TUNE OF THE SONG GOES
ALONG WITH THE RHYTHM OF
THE HAND CLAPPING. THE FASTER
YOU CLAP YOUR HANDS THE FASTER THE TUNE GOES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
TAKE ME OUT TO THE FAIR
BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACKS
I DON'T CARE IF WE NEVER GET BACK
WE'LL JUST ROOT, ROOT, ROOT
FOR THE WHOLE TEAM
IF THEY DON'T WIN IT'S A SHAME
FOR IT'S ONE, TWO, THREE, STRIKES YOU'RE OUT
AT THE OLD BALL GAME, GAME, GAME, GAME.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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LITTLE SALLY WALKER

SITTING IN A SAUCER.
RISE SALLY RISE
WIPE YOUR WEEPING EYES.
PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS
AND LET YOUR BACKBONE SLIP.
OH, SHAKE IT TO THE EAST
OH, SHAKE IT TO THE WEST
OH, SHAKE IT TO THE VERY ONE
THAT YOU LOVE THE BEST.

Submitter comment: THE MOVEMENTS WITHIN THE GAME ARE
ALL DONE BY THE PLAYERS. ONE PERSON IS
SALLY WALKER, WHO STANDS IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE OTHER CHILDREN. THEY
CIRCLE THE CHILD IN THE MIDDLE
AND GO THROUGH THE MOVEMENTS IN THE SONG.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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MARY MACK

OH, MACK, MACK, MACK,
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK, BLACK, BLACK,
WITH SILVER CONED BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS,
ALL DOWN HER BACK, BACK, BACK.
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER,
FOR FIFTEEN CENTS, CENTS, CENTS,
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT, ELEPHANT,
JUMP THE FENCE, FENCE, FENCE.
HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HIGH, HIGH,
THAT HE TOUCHED THE SKY, SKY, SKY,
AND HE NEVER CAME BACK, BACK, BACK,
UNTIL THE FOURTH OF JULY, JULY, JULY.
MARY WENT HOME, HOME, HOME,
AND WENT TO BED, BED, BED,
SHE HIT HER HEAD, HEAD, HEAD,
ON A PIECE OF CORNBREAD, BREAD, BREAD.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PATTIE CAKE

PATTY CAKE
PATTY CAKE
BAKER'S MAN
BAKE ME A CAKE AS FAST AS YOU CAN
ROLL IT
AND PAT IT
AND MARK IT WITH A "B"
AND THROW IT IN THE OVEN FOR BABY AND ME.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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ROCKIN, ROBIN

TWEET A LEE A LEE
TWEET A LEE A LEE
TWEET A LEE A LEE
TWEET A LEE A LEE
WE ROCKED IN THE TREE TOP ALL DAY LONG,
HUFFIN, AND A PUFFIN, AND SINGING A SONG.
ALL THE LITTLE BIRDIES ON JAY-BIRD STREET
LOVE TO HEAR THE ROBIN GO TWEET, TWEET, TWEET.
ROCKIN' ROBIN TWEET, TWEET, TWEET
ROCKIN' ROBIN TWEET, TWEET, TWEET
COME ON LITTLE BIRDIES WE'RE REALLY GONNA ROCK TONIGHT
TWEET, TWEET, TWEET.
MAMA IN THE KITCHEN STIRRING THAT RICE.
DADDY ON THE CORNER SHOTTING THEM DICE.
BROTHER IN JAIL MESSING UP THE CELL.
SISTER ON THE CORNER SELLING CUPCAKES FOR SALE.
ROCKIN' ROBIN TWEET, TWEET, TWEET,
ROCKIN' ROBIN TWEET, TWEET, TWEET,
OH, ROCKIN' ROBIN CAUSE WE'RE REALLY GONNA ROCK TONIGHT
TWEET, TWEET, TWEET.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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DORMITORY PRANK OR SPORT

ONE OF THE FAVORITE PASTIMES AT BURSLEY HALL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
MICHIGAN WAS TO TRY TO FIGURE WAYS TO BORROW (STEAL) TRAYS FROM THE
CAFETERIA. YOU WERE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THINGS OUT OF THE CAFETERIA
PEOPLE SPENT MUCH TIME DEVISING MANY SNEAKY WAYS TO BORROW THE TRAYS
THE LEAST IMAGINATIVE AND MY FAVORITE WAS TO SIMPLY WALK OUT THE
EMERGENCY EXIT WITH A TRAY WHEN NOBODY WAS WATCHING. ONCE YOU HAD A
TRAY YOU USED IT TO SLED DOWN THE STEEP, SNOW-COVERED HILL BEHIND OU
DORMITORY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS FROM MY FRESHMAN YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IN ANN
ARBOR DURING THE 1976 SCHOOL YEAR WHEN I LIVED IN BURSLEY HALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1976 ; 11-23-1979

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LEAP FROG

SEVERAL CHILDREN WOULD GET DOWN ON THEIR HANDS AND KNEES FORMING
A LINE. THE LAST CHILD IN THE LINE WOULD GET UP AND JUMP OVER
THE OTHER CHILDREN. HE WOULD THEN GET DOWN ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES.
THE CHILD AT THE END OF THE LINE WOULD THEN DO THE SAME.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): VAULTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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"TEMU DALA"

TU TU MYSKA ZROBILA JAYKO
(HERE A LITTLE MOUSE LAID AN EGG)
GROWN-UP PUTS HIS INDEX FINGER IN THE PALM OF A BABY'S HAND. MM
TEMU DALA
(GAVE SOME TO HIM)
GROWN-UP SAYS THIS FOUR TIMES, ONCE ON EACH OF THE BABY'S FOUR
FINGERS. MM
TEMI NIC NIE DALA
(THIS ONE GOT NOTHING)
THE GROWN-UP SAYS THIS WHILE HOLDING THE BABY'S THUMB MM
POSIED, POSIED, POSIED
(HE WENT, WENT, WENT)
THE GROWN-UP'S HAND CRAWLS UP THE BABY'S ARM MM
A TEMI TEPEK URWALA
( AND PULLED OFF ITS HEAD)
THE GROWN-UP TICKLES THE BABY

Submitter comment: EVERY BABY THAT HAS COME IN CONTACT WITH MY FAMILY HAS PLAYED
THIS GAME. FURTHERMORE, EVERY BABY, INCLUDING MYSELF, ENJOYED
THE GAME. THOUGH I'M CONVINCED THE GROWN-UPS ENJOY IT MORE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: CA00001890S ; 01-13-1980

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ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.

A CHANT OF THE TITLE IS SAID WHILE THE PLAYERS, IN TURN, MAKE
DIFFERENT GESTURES. ALL THE PLAYERS MUST DO THE GESTURES IN TURN
AND IN THE RIGHT MANNER, AND THE WINNER IS THE LAST PERSON WHO
COMPLETES THE SERIES WITHOUT A MISTAKE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FAIRPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime C500.522
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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