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SINGING, DANCING, CLAPPING GAME

AH BEEP-BEEP, WALKING DOWN THE STREET, TEN TIMES A WEEK. UMGOWWOW, UM GOW WOW! THIS IS THE POWER. I SAID IT, I MEANT IT. I'M HERE TO REPRESENT IT. I'M A COOL, COOL NIGGER FROM A COOL, COOL TOWN. IT TAKES ANOTHER COOL NIGGER TO KNOCK ME DOWN. IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY APPLES, DON'T SHAKE MY TREE. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DON'T MESS WITH ME. I SAID, I'M COOL, I'M FINE, I'M SOUL SISTER #9, GONNA SAY IT ONE MORE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO BRAG ; SPORTS BASEBALL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

WHAT CAN YOU DO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA?
WHAT CAN YOU DO PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE?
I CAN DO THE TWIST PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA
I CAN DO THE TWIST PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLE IN MY SHOE.
I CAN DO THE JERK PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA.
I CAN DO THE JERK PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLE,
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DANCE ; NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

A SAILOR WENT TO SEA, SEA, SEA.
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEE, SEE, SEE,
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD SEE, SEE, SEE,
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP, BLUE, SEA, SEA, SEA.
A SAILOR WENT TO CHOP, CHOP, CHOP.
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD CHOP, CHOP, CHOP,
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD CHOP, CHOP, CHOP,
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE CHOP, CHOP, CHOP,
A SAILOR WENT TO KNEE, KNEE, KNEE,
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD KNEE, KNEE, KNEE,
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD KNEE, KNEE, KNEE,
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE KNEE, KNEE, KNEE.
A SAILOR WENT TO OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT,
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT,
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD OOH-WHAT-YOU-COT,
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE, OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT.
A SAILOR WENT TO SEA, CHOP, KNEE, OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT,
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEA, CHOP, KNEE, OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT,
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD SEA, CHOP, KNEE, OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT,
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP, BLUE, SEA,
CHOP, KNEE, OOH-WHAT-CHEW-COT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SINGING, DANCING AND CLAPPING GAME.

EENIE-MEENIE GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE? AHCHEE-KAHCHEE,
LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO. I SAW YOU WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND LAST
NIGHT. HOW DO YOU KNOW? I PEEKED THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, NOSY! WASH
THOSE DISHES, LAZY! JUMP OUT THE WINDOW, CRAZY! GIVE ME SOME CANDY
STINGEY! SO EENIE-MEENIE, GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE?
AHCHEE-KAHCHEE, LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO::

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; TELEVISION PERSONALITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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STRUT MISS LIZZY

STRUT MISS LIZZY ALL DAY LONG/NOW HERE COMES ANOTHER JUST LIKE THE
OTHER, ALL DAY LONG/ WELL HEY THERE SAILOR, HOW ABOUT A DATE?
I DON'T HAVE TO BE HOME UNTIL HALF PAST EIGHT/ I CAN DO THE KICK
AND I CAN DO THE SPLIT, AND I CAN WEAR MY DRESSES UP ABOVE MY KNEES
AND I CAN SHAKE MY SHIMMY TO WHO I PLEASE/ I'VE NEVER BEEN TO COLLEGE
I'VE NEVER BEEN TO SCHOOL BUT WHEN IT COMES TO BOOGIE I CAN BOOGIE
LIKE A FOOL/YOU JUMP FRONT BACK AND SIDE TO SIDE. (A DANCING SONG)

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00001972 SUMMER

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OLD LADY SHACK

OLD LADY SHACK, ALL DRESSED IN BLACK/ WITH SIX WHITE BUTTONS
STRAIGHT DOWN DOWN HER BACK. SHE ASKED HER MOR FOR 25 CENTS TO SEE
THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE/HE JUMPED SO HIGH TILL HE REACHED THE
SKY/ AND HE NEVER CAME BACK UNTIL THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Submitter comment: I SANG THIS OFTEN AS A CHILD WHILE PLAYING HAND CLAPPING GAMES.

James Callow Keyword(s): MARY MACK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001955-00001960S

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LITTLE SALLY WALKER

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.
AH, SHAKE IT TO THE EAST, AH, SHAKE IT TO THE WEST, AH,
SHAKE IT TO THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE THE BEST. I REMEMBER PLAYING THIS
GAME WITH A GROUP OF GIRLS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. WE WOULD ALL FORM
A LARGE CIRCLE, WITH ONE GIRL IN THE CENTER, AS WE WOULD RECITE THE
POEM THE GIRL IN THE CIRCLE WOULD HAVE TO COVER HER EYES WITH ONE
HAND AND TURN AROUND AND POINT TO ANOTHER GIRL THAT IS FORMING THE
RING. IT WAS THEN HER TURN TO BE LITTLE SALLY WALKER.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

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GAMES

WE USED TO HOLD HANDS IN A CIRCLE AND CHANT,
"MOTORBOAT, MOTORBOAT, GO SO SLOW, MOTORBOAT, MOTORBOAT,
GO SO FAST, MOTORBOAT, MOTORBOAT, STEP ON THE GAS!"
WHILE WE WALKED, RAN AND RAN SO FAST THAT WE FELL DOWN, THE
WORDS MATCHING OUR MOTIONS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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TO DANCE IS SIN

IF YOU TANCE HERE, YOU TANCE IN HELL.
MY MOTHER SAYS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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LITTLE SALLY WALKER

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

Submitter comment: WE USED TO SING AND PLAY THIS GAME AT RECESS, DOWN SOUTH AFTER LUNCH
THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS PICK YOUR BEST FRIEND OR BOYFRIEND IF HE
IS PLAYING. YOU WOULD HAVE A GROUP OF CHILDREN IN A CIRCLE, AND A
PERSON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CIRCLE WHO WOULD SHAKE THEIR HIPS TO
THE EAST AND WEST AND THEN PICK THE PERSON THEY LOVED THE BEST.
HE OR SHE WOULD GET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CIRCLE, AND THIS WOULD
REPEAT ITSELF.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MERIDIAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 09-00-1960

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RING AROUND THE ROSES

RING AROUND THE ROSES,
A POCKET FULL OF POSES,
ASHES,
ASHES,
WE ALL FALL DOWN.

Submitter comment: THE OBJECT OF THIS GAME IS THE CHILDREN ARE IN A CIRCLE STANDING,
GOING AROUND, WHEN THEY GET TO THE PART IN THE SONG THAT SAYS ASHES,
ASHES, THEN, THEY ALL FALL TO THE GROUND, THE LAST ONE TO FALL
GETS OUT OF THE GAME, AND THIS REPEATS ITSELF UNTIL EVERYONE IS OUT,
THE LAST ONE IN THE GAME IS THE WINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

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SKIP TO MY LOU

SKIP, SKIP, SKIP TO MY LOU
SKIP, SKIP, SKIP TO MY LOU.
SKIP TO THE LOU MY DARLING.

Submitter comment: THERE ARE A GROUP OF CHILDREN SKIPPING UNDER TWO PEOPLE,S ARMS, WHEN
THE SONG ENDS, IF YOU ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN THEIR ARMS, YOU ARE
SHAKEN FROM SIDE TO SIDE, AND YOU PICK THE PERSON'S SIDE YOU WANT
TO BE ON. WHEN ALL THE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SHAKEN FROM SIDE TO SIDE
YOU HAVE A PULLING GAME. WHENEVER THE PERSON WHO IS FIRST IS
PULLED OVER THE MARKED LINE BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS HE GOES TO THE
OPPOSITE SIDE. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL EVERYONE IS ON ONE SIDE.
THE SIDE THAT HAS EVERYONE ON IT, WINS THE GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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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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TEN LITTLE INDIAN BOYS

ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE THREE LITTLE INDIANS
FOUR LITTLE FIVE LITTLE SIX LITTLE INDIANS
SEVEN LITTLE EIGHT LITTLE NINE LITTLE INDIANS
TEN LITTLE INDIAN BOYS

Submitter comment: YOU SING THIS SONG WHILE BOUNCING A BALL

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 02-23-1979

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GAME

MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO SLOW. MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT,
GO SO FAST. MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, STEP ON THE GAS.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY HAVING EVERYONE JOIN HANDS TO FORM A CIRCLE
AND THEN MOVE AROUND IN THE CIRCLE RECITING THE RHYME.
THE PACE OF THE PARTICIPANTS IS SLOW FOR THE FIRST LINE,
FASTER FOR THE SECOND LINE, AND FASTEST FOR THE
THIRD AFTER WHICH EVERYONE FALLS TO THE GROUND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: CA00001950S

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GAME

RING AROUND THE ROSIE, A POCKET FULL OF POSIE;
ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY HAVING EVERYONE JOIN HANDS TO FORM A
CIRCLE, AND THEN MOVE AROUND IN THE CIRCLE RECITING THE
RHYME. UPON RECITING THE LAST LINE, EVERYONE
IN THE CIRCLE FALLS TO THE GROUND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: CA00001950S

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GAME

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, SHORT AND STOUT. THIS IS MY HANDLE; THIS
IS MY SPOUT. WHEN I GET ALL STEAMED UP, I WILL SHOUT:
"JUST TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT."

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY A PERSON IMITATING A TEAPOT AND RECITING
THE RHYME. ONE ARM IS USED AS THE HANDLE AND THE OTHER AS THE SPOUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.526

Date learned: CA00001950S

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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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DANCING GAME: GOING TO KENTUCKY

A CHAIN OF PEOPLE HOLD HANDS, FORMING A CIRCLE. ONE PERSON STANDS
IN THE MIDDLE. THE CHAIN OF PEOPLE CIRCLE AROUND SINGING "I'M
GOING TO KENTUCKY, GOING TO THE FAIR TO SEE THE SENORITA WITH
RIBBONS IN HER HAIR. (OH SHAKE IT BABY SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT IF
YOU CAN, SHAKE IT LIKE A MILK SHAKE, SHAKE IT IF YOU CAN.) THIS
IS SUNG WHILE EVERYONE IS CLAPPING HIS HANDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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RING AROUND THE ROSES

RING AROUND THE ROSES
A POCKET FULL OF POSES
ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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