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TAUNT

BARRY'S MADE AND I'M GLAD,
AND I KNOW HOW TO PLEASE HIM.
A BOTTLE OF BEER AND A KICK IN THE REAR,
AND THREE LITTLE GIRLS TO PLEASE HIM.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER DAD.

Where learned: SAINT MICHAEL GRADE SCHOOL

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

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TAUNT

BRASS-BUTTONS, BLUE COAT,
CAN'T CATCH A NANNY GOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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TAUNT

CRY BABY, CRY BABY, STICK YOUR FINGER IN YOUR EYE,
AND TELL YOUR MOTHER IT WAS NOT I.

Submitter comment: MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS USED THIS TO TEASE EACH OTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ENGLAND GOT HUNGRY,
ATE TURKEY,
SLIPPED ON GREECE
AND BROKE CHINA.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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FIRST GRADE BABIES,
SECOND GRADE TOTS,
THIRD GRADE ANGELS,
FOURTH GRADE SNOTS,
FIFTH GRADE PEACHES,
SIXTH GRADE PLUMS,
ALL THE REST ARE BIG, FAT BUMS.

Submitter comment: SHE USED TO SAY THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD IN SCHOOL.
SHE LEARNED IT FROM SOME OF THE OLDER CHILDREN SHE KNEW
WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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FIRST GRADE BABIES,
SECOND GRADE TOTS,
THIRD GRADE ANGELS,
FOURTH GRADE SNOTS,
FIFTH GRADE APPLES
SIXTH GRADE PEARS
SEVENTH GRADE TIGERS
EIGHTH GRADE BEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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(BLANK) IS A FRIEND OF MINE.
HE RESEMBLES FRANKENSTEIN.
WHEN HE DOES THE IRISH JIG,
HE LOOKS JUST LIKE PORKY PIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT DANCING ; PORKY PIG=WALT DISNEY CHARACTER IN MOVIES ; QUATRAIN RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GLORY, GLORY, ALLELUIA
TEACHER HIT ME WITH A RULER,
SO I HID BEHIND THE DOOR
WITH A LOADED 44,
AND SHE WON'T BOTHER ME ANY MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): VIOLENCE PARODY: GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH

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

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HELP, MURDER, POLICE!
MY MOTHER FELL IN GREASE.
I LAUGHED SO HARD,
I FELL IN LARD.
HELP, MURDER, POLICE!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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"LONE RANGER" VERSE

HI YO SILVER, EVERYWHERE,
TONTO LOST HIS UNDERWEAR.
TONTO SAY, "ME NO CARE,
LONE RANGER BUY ME 'NOTHER PAIR."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERED THIS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND THE HOLY
GHOSTEST,
HE WHO EATS THE FASTEST GETS THE MOSTEST
RUB A DUB DUB
THANKS FOR THE GRUB
YEAH GOD!

Submitter comment: WE USED TO SAY THIS IN THE BOY SCOUTS WHEN WE WERE ABOUT
ELEVEN OR TWELVE YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): GRACE BEFORE MEALS ; PRAYER PARODY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ETIQUETTE AND LOGIC

IT'S BETTER TO BURP AND BEAR THE SHAME,
THAN HOLD IT IN AND BEAR THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE TYPICAL RETORT AFTER BEING UPBRAIDED FOR
RELIEVING ONESELF RATHER NOISILY.
I CAN RECALL NO SPECIFIC INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EXCUSE

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

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TAUNT OF THE WELSH

JOHNNY WAS A WELSHMAN,
JOHNNY WAS A THIEF,
JOHNNY CAME TO MY HOUSE
AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.
I WENT TO JOHNNY'S HOUSE,
JOHNNY WAS IN BED,
SO I TOOK UP A POKER
AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN IRISH TAUNT OF THE WELSH, USUALLY SUNG BY
SMALL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN NURSERY RHYME

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

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CRY BABY

KINDERGARTEN BABY, WASH YOUR FACE IN GRAVY!
NA NA NA NA!

Submitter comment: THIS LITTLE DITTY IS SUNG TO THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIM WHO
HAS JUST BEEN PUNISHED AND STARTS TO CRY, OR FOR ANYONE
WHO CRIES. USUALLY ONE STARTS AND ALL THE OTHERS JOIN
IN. ONCE IT GETS GOING, IT TAKES A LITTLE WHILE TO STOP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KINDERGARTEN BABY,
WASH YOUR FACE IN GRAVY.

Where learned: LIBRARY

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

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MOCKING RHYME

LIAR, LIAR PANTS ON FIRE,
CAUGHT THEM ON AN ELECTRIC WIRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical 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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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET,
EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY.
ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER,
AND SHE BEAT IT TO DEATH WITH HER SPOON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A FRIEND IN CLASS.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

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MARY HAD A LITTLE
IT WAS A TRIFLE AIRY.
IT DIDN'T SHOW CLEAN,
IT DIDN'T SHOW DIRT,
BUT OH! IT DID SHOW MARY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
A LITTLE TOAST, A LITTLE JAM,
AN ICE CREAM SODA, TOPPED WITH FIZZ,
AND OH! HOW SICK OUR MARY IS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-30-1967

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