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THE RIFLE SONG

THIS IS MY RIFLE.
THIS IS MY GUN.
THIS IS FOR SHOOTING.
THIS IS FOR FUN.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME IS USED BY SOLDIERS IN BOOT CAMP WHEN THEY ARE ASSEMBLED.
THE GUN MENTIONED REFERS TO THE MALE SEX ORGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
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Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THE FOLLOWING ITEM IS A RHYMED ADVERTISEMENT WHICH APPEARED IN THE
NOVEMBER 6, 1975 ISSUE OF THE HAMTRAMCK "CITIZEN" NEWSPAPER:
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LET IT SNOW
LET IT SNOW
WILSON BOOTS
ARE READY TO GO
SIZES TO 13 WIDTHS AA-EEE
WILSON'S SHOES 9404 JOS. CAMPAU
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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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THE FOLLOWING VERSE WAS REPEATED AFTER BEING INSULTED OR TEASED BY A
FELLOW PLAYMATE:
"I'M MADE OF RUBBER,
YOU'RE MADE OF GLUE,
EVERYTHING YOU SAY
BOUNCES OFF ME
AND STICKS TO YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; IRREGULAR RHYME ; RETALIATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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WORK CHANT

WHEN LINING TRACK FOR THE RAILROAD THE MEN WOULD LINE UP AGAINST THE
TRACKS WITH TOOLS CALLED LINING BARS. WHEN THEY RECEIVED THE SIGNAL
FROM THE FOREMAN, ONE OF THE MEN OF THE CREW WOULD HOLLER,
"GIMME MUD." AT THIS POINT THEY'D ALL DIG THEIR LINING BARS
INTO THE GROUND NEXT TO THE TRACK. THEN ONE OF THE MEN WOULD
HOLLER, "CALL ON UNCLE JOE." WITH THIS SIGNAL, THEY'D ALL YELL
TOGETHER, "JOE," WHILE THEY PUSHED THE BAR AGAINST THE RAIL TO BEND
IT. IF THEY'D GO TOO FAR THE FOREMAN WOULD SIGNAL THE OTHER WAY.
WHEN THIS WOULD HAPPEN, THE MAN WHO INITIALLY HOLLERED WOULD STOP
THE CREW BY SAYING, "CHANGED OUR MINDS} TALK TO 'EM (MARTIN)."
THE CREW WOULD THEN SET THEIR LINING BARS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
RAIL, AND THE NEW MEN WOULD CHANT OUT THE SAME REFRAIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS MY UNCLE WHO IS ONLY TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLDER THAN
ME. HE LEARNED THIS CHANT WHILE ACTUALLY WORKING ON THE RAILROAD
FOR A FEW SUMMERS UP IN WISCONSIN AROUND A TOWN CALLED BURLINGTON,
WHILE HE WAS STILL IN COLLEGE.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334

Date learned: 06-00-1965

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TRADE RIME

"MY NAME IS JOHN JOHNSON,
I LIVE IN WISCONSIN.
I WORK IN THE LUMBER YARD THERE.
TO EVERY BODY I MEET
AS I WALK DOWN THE STREET,
I SAY __________
(REPEAT SONG)

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER SANG THIS TO ME ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NURSERY RHYME PARODY

HICKORY, DICKORY DOCK
TWO MICE RAN UP THE CLOCK
THE CLOCK STRUCK ONE
AND THE OTHER ESCAPED WITH MINOR INJURIES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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Entertainment: Song

Rugby Party Song:

(Group Sings)

We are off to see the Wild West Show, the elephant and the kangaroo, big baboons and cheetahs, nothing could be neeter, we're off to see the Wild West Show.

(Persons balance a glass of beer on his head and gets floor)

"And in this cage we have the _______!"

(All)

"The _______! Incredible, Fantastic! No Shit! What the fuck is an _______?"

(Person removes glass of beer from his head and says)

"The ______ is a very strange animal. It _______."

(Chorus is repeated ehre and the song begins again.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Crude ; DRINK ; Lewd ; Rugby ; SONG ; Sport ; Swear ; West ; Zoo

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
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Entertainment: Song

Rugby Song:

Ay-yi-yi-yi

Rodriguez the Mexican Pervert,

He'll cornhole your brother and gross out your mother, and waltz you around by your willy.

(This is sung, then a dirty limmerick, then this is repeated.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): ; LIMERICK ; Mexican ; Pervert ; Rugby, Sport, Racism ; SONG ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
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"Let's go to bed," said sleepy-head;
"Let's wait a while," said Slow.
"Put on the pot," said Greedy-gut,
"We'll eat before we go."

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334

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Children's Joke Verse or Mocking Verse

The child makes a companion look at something that isn't there; when the companion looks the jokester says:

I made you look
I made you look
I made you buy
A penny book.

 

Submitter comment:

Sometimes sung.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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