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I SO TIRED,
I SO WEARY,
PICK I UP
AND KISS I DEARIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; FUNCTION ; MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: FEMININE, ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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RHYME WHICH SUPPOSEDLY MAKES SENSE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND

OMI DE ARMIS TRES
IM IN A DIS TRES
CANTU DIS COVER
MEA SA LAEVUR.

Data entry tech comment: NOT SURE OF SPELLING, SINCE TYPEWRITER VERY DIRTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT ; SPELLING RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE WHITE FOOT, BUY IT.
TWO WHITE FEET, TRY IT.
THREE WHITE FEET, SEE HOW IT GOES,
FOUR WHITE FEET, AND WHITE NOSE,
CUT OFF ITS FEET AND THROW IT TO THE CROWS.

Submitter comment: THIS APPLIES TO BUYING A HORSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ANIMAL NUMBERS ; HUMOR EUPHEMISM SYMBOL OVERSTATEMENT ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION, SURPRISE ENDING CONTRAST QUINTET ; INTERACTION INITIAL INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: DACTYL RHYME: FEMININE TRIPLE ; RHYME AABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE FOR THE MONEY,
TWO FOR THE SHOW,
THREE TO GET READY,
AND FOUR TO GO.

Data entry tech comment: COUNTING OFF AT THE BEGINNING OF A RACE OR GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: IAMBIC ; NUMBERS, FUNCTION ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABAB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY,
DROPPED SOME WHITE WASH IN MY EYE.
I'M NO BABY, I WON'T CRY.
I'M JUST GLAD THAT COWS DON'T FLY.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: KNEW IT AS A LITTLE CHILD, WALLED LAKE, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WALLED LAKE

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; REFRAIN, OBSERVATION ; RHYME: AAAA ; RHYME: MASCULINE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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FISHY, FISHY, IN THE BROOK,
DADDY CAUGHT YOU ON THE HOOK.
MOMMY FRY YOU IN A PAN,
BABY EAT YOU LIKE A MAN.

Submitter comment: SAID TO HIS CHILDREN ON FRIDAYS.

Data entry tech comment: CATHOLIC CUSTOM TO EAT FISH ON FRIDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METER: IAMBIC ; QUATRAIN SIMILE ; REFRAIN, BABY TALK ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: MASCULINE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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REMEMBER MAN THAT PASSES BY,
AS YOU ARE NOW, SO ONCE WAS I.
AS I AM NOW, SO ONCE YOU'LL BE,
PREPARE THYSELF TO FOLLOW ME.

TO FOLLOW THEE IS NOT MY INTENT,
UNLESS I KNOW WHICH WAY HE WENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; DRAMATIC, ANTICLIMAX ; METER: IAMBIC ; PREDICTION, EUPHEMISM ; RHYME: AABBCC ; RHYME: MASCULINE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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THERE WAS A MAN UPON THE STAIRS,
GEE I WISH HE WASN'T THERE.
HE WASN'T THERE AGAIN TODAY,
GEE, I WISH HE'D GO AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER MANY YEARS AGO.

Data entry tech comment: YESTERDAY UPON THE STAIR, I SAW A MAN THAT WASN'T THERE.
HE WASN'T THERE AGAIN TODAY,
OH, HOW I WISH HE'D GO AWAY (THAT'S THE WAY I HEARD IT)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS CONTRADICTIONS QUATRAIN ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; REPETITION METER: IAMB. RHYME: IMPERFECT, DOUBLE ; RHYME AABB ; SLANG CONTRADICTION ; WISH GHOSTS FEAR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL,
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD;
WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS HORRID.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER SAID THIS TO HER OFTEN WHEN SHE WAS
YOUNGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION BEHAVIOR ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; MONOLOGUE CONTRAST ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, INTERNAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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THERE WAS A GIRL YOU COULD TICKLE,
BY POKING HER RIBS WITH A PICKLE.
AT A CHURCH FAIR ONE DAY,
THEY MADE THE BOYS PAY,
BY CHARGING A NICKEL A TICKLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER UNCLE, WHO WAS A MINISTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; HUMOR CHILDREN MONEY ; METER: TROCHAIC ; METONYMY ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL, AABBA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND HAVE TWINS
DON'T COME TO ME
FOR SAFETY PINS.

James Callow comment: IS THIS FROM AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK? NO.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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PROVERB

MY WORTHY CHUNG, I PRAY,
DO NOT IN SUCH A WAY
COME LEAPING O'ER MY WALL
AND MAKE THE BRANCHES FALL
FROM MY MULBERRY TREE.

Submitter comment: CONFUCIUS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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JAPANESE POETRY

THE "HAIKU" IS A TRADITIONAL FORM OF JAPANESE POETRY
BASED ON SIXTEEN SYLLABLES, GENERALLY CONCERNED
WITH NATURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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RISE WITH THE LARK,
STAY UP WITH THE OWL
AND YOUR TEMPER AND OUTLOOK
BOTH WILL BE FOWL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL DAY LONG YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP
ALL DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
(SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY
CAN'T REMEMBER THE REST).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED FROM MY SISTER. SHE HEARD THIS
FROM HER CLASSMATES; SHE'S IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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PENNY IN YOUR SHOE
WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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"ABC"

A STANDS FOR ADAMS, HEAD OF OUR NATION
B STANDS FOR BAILEY, HELL AND DAMNATION
C STANDS FOR CASEY--THEY CALL HIM HAWKEYE
D STANDS FOR DAVID, WHO SELLS THE BOSS OLD RYE
E STANDS FOR EVERHARDT, WHO'S ALWAYS IN FULL BLOOM
F STANDS FOR FLEMING, WHO RUNS THE SALOON
G STANDS FOR GRABER, WHO CUTS UP THE MEAT
H STANDS FOR HEALY, WHO TAKES IT IN TO EAT
I STANDS FOR ICKES, WHO DRINKS MIGHTY SLOW
J STANDS FOR JESSEP, WHERE POOR PEOPLE GO
K STANDS FOR KILLINGER, THE BOSS IRON-MAN
L STANDS FOR LEPPLER, WHO CHEATS YOU IF HE CAN
M STANDS FOR MATTHEWS, WHO DRIVES THE EXPRESS
N STANDS FOR NOTHING, WHO GIVES US A REST
O STANDS FOR OLRICH, YOU KNOW HIM QUITE WELL
P STANDS FOR PAUL, WHO CUTS QUITE A SWELL
Q STANDS FOR QUINCY, WHOSE BARGAINS ARE RARE
R STANDS FOR RICKHEIMER, WHO KEEPS US ALL SQUARE
S STANDS FOR SIBILA, WHO KEEPS US NEAR HIS FEET
T STANDS FOR TAYLOR, WHO GRINDS UP THE WHEAT
U STANDS FOR ULLUM, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW
V STANDS FOR VOGT, I PRESUME YOU ALL SAW
W STANDS FOR WATKINS, WHO GIVES THEM A DRINK
X STANDS FOR XILLION, THE POLICEMAN ALL HATE
Y STANDS FOR YOUNG, WHO DRIVES THE BAY MARE, AND
Z STANDS FOR ZENDER, WHO DRINKS LAGER BEER

Submitter comment: 1941 ON A HOME RECORD-MAKER, AND THE TONE QUALITY IS NOT PERFECT.
THIS WAS A FAVORITE OF MY LATE GRANDFATHER'S. SOME OF THE LAST
NAMES IN THE VERSE ARE NAMES VERY COMMON IN MASSILLON, OHIO,
WHERE HE LIVED HIS ENTIRE LIFE, AND HE PROBABLY SUBSTITUTED THEM AS
HE FOUND FIT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE "H IS FOR HEALY" LINE IS "H IS FOR
HACKETT" IN ANOTHER OF THE RECORDED VERSIONS. HEALY IS THE INFOR-
MANT'S SON-IN-LAW (AND MY UNCLE) WHO MADE ALL THE HOME RECORDS.
IN ANOTHER VERSION I HEARD, ALSO RECORDED BY MY LATE GRANDFATHER
THE ENTIRE SONG WAS THE SAME, EXCEPT FOR THE LAST
{FIRST?} TWO LINES, WHICH WERE CHANGED TO:
A STANDS FOR AUGUSTINE, WHO MAKES THE MALT SPIRITS
B STANDS FOR BAILEY, WHO'S STILL ON THE TURF
POSSIBLY THESE LINES WERE REPLACEMENTS FOR THE FIRST TWO LINES IN
THE TAPED VERSION, BUT OCCASIONALLY MY GRANDFATHER WOULD REMEMBER THE
OLDER LINES, AND SING THEM, INSTEAD.
SOME OF THE EXPRESSIONS USED ARE OUTMODED. FOR EXAMPLE, KILL-
INGER, THE BOSS IRON-MAN, IS PROBABLY A FOREMAN AT A STEEL MILL, OR
MAYBE EVEN A BLACKSMITH. PAUL, WHO CUTS QUITE A SWELL, IS A FLASHY
DRESSER.
IN EVERY VERSION, THE LETTERS A TO Y ARE CONSISTENTLY SPOKEN,
AND THE LETTER Z SUNG. THE "ATTENTION PUPILS" AND "THAT'S ALL" FORM-
ING THE START AND CLOSE OF THE VERSE, WERE PROBABLY NOT A PART OF THE
TRUE SONG, BECAUSE THEY APPEAR ONLY IN THIS VERSION.
NOTE THAT ON THE CASSETTE IS AN INTRODUCTION AND A CLOSING.
THIS IS NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL SONG, BUT IN ITS OWN RESPECT IS A
TRADITION--HEALY, THE ANNOUNCER, ALWAYS LIKED TO PROVIDE COMMENTARY
FOR THE SONGS RECORDED ON HIS MACHINE.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 09-00-1941

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RHYME

FIRST THEY HIRED ME,
THEN THEY FIRED ME,
THEN BY GOLLY I LEFT MY WIFE AND 23 CHILDREN TO DIE OF STARVATION
AND THOUGH IT WAS RIGHT. {THOUGHT?}

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID WHILE WALKING, WITH THE BEAT COINCIDING WITH THE PACE
OF THE WALK. THE INDIVIDUAL SAYS THE FIRST WORK OF THE RHYME
WHILE STEPPING DOWN WITH HIS LEFT FOOT, AND FINISHES SO THAT WHEN
HE SAYS "RIGHT," HE LANDS ON HIS RIGHT FOOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY CADENCE?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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THE FOLLOWING IS A VERSE THE RESPONDENT LEARNED FROM A CUSTOMER WHO
SAID IT WAS AN OLD MEXICAN SAYING:
"HE WHO DRINKS GETS DRUNK;
HE WHO GETS DRUNK GOES TO SLEEP;
HE WHO GOES TO SLEEP DOES NOT SIN;
HE WHO DOES NOT SIN GOES TO HEAVEN;
SO LETS ALL DRINK AND GO TO HEAVEN."

Where learned: DETROIT ; PAT SULLIVANS TAVERN

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; CUMULATIVE FORMULA ; RATIONALIZATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.447

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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