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CHILDREN'S

KOOKIE YA KOOKIE TIS WEE ELFINEWOU MEE TIS WEE UN WAR OOL JAMEL TIS WEE DO; EL TURKIE

Submitter comment: THIS IS A LEBANESE NONSENSICAL RHYME WHICH WHEN TRANSLATED
MEANS:
DARLING, OH, DARLING,
YOU ARE WORTH $2,100
YOU ARE WORTH AN EXPENSIVE CAMEL
YOU ARE WORTH ALL OF TURKEY

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-03-1969

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

LADYBUG, LADYBUG, FLY AWAY HOME,
YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE,
YOUR CHILDREN ARE GONE,
EXCEPT FOR ANNE--
SHE HID UNDER A PUDDING PAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERSE WHICH THE INFORMANT RECITES WHEN A
LADYBUG BEETLE HAS FLOWN ON HER.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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SCHOOL RHYME

LATIN IS A SUBJECT
THAT NO ONE ENJOYS;
IT KILLED THE ANCIENT ROMANS,
AND NOW IT'S KILLING BOYS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEMONADE, MADE IN THE SHADE,
STIRRED WITH A SPADE,
BY AN OLD MAID.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SOMETIMES SUNG AT A PICNIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE FISHIE IN THE BROOK,
COME AND BITE MY LITTLE HOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

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

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ITALIAN RHYME (ITALIAN ASSUMED)

MISELLA, MISELLA
METTI IL PANE ALLA CAVUTELLA
VIENE IL CATTO SE LO MANGIA
VIENE IL SORGIO NON LO TROVA
FRUSH, FRUSH, FRUSH.
KITTY, KITTY
PUT THE BREAD IN THE LITTLE HOLE
IF THE CAT EATS IT, THEN
THE MOUSE WON'T FIND IT,
SCAT, SCAT, SCAT.

Submitter comment: THIS POEM IS A PLAY RHYME THAT MOTHERS WILL USE WHEN
PLAYING WITH SMALL BABIES. THE MOTHER WILL SLOWLY AND
RHYTHMICALLY RUB HER HANDS UP AND DOWN ON THE BABY'S
FACE WHEN SHE IS RECITING THE VERSE AND THEN WILL PAT
THE BABY'S FACE VERY QUICKLY AND LIGHTLY WHEN SHE
COMES TO THE LINE: "FRUSH, FRUSH, FRUSH."

Where learned: BIRTHDAY PARTY AT HER HOME

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

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MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE,
TUESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF GRACE.
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,
THURSDAY'S CHILD HAS FAR TO GO.
FRIDAY'S CHILD IS LOVING AND GIVING,
SATURDAY'S CHILD WORKS HARD FOR HIS LIVING.
BUT THE CHILD WHO IS BORN ON THE SABBATH DAY
IS BONNY AND BLITHE AND GOOD AND GAY.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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LYRICAL VERSE

MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES-ES ARE ROSES,
BUT MOSES SUPPOSES ERRONEOUSLY,
FOR MOSES HE KNOWS-ES HIS TOES-ES AREN'T ROSES,
AS MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOES-ES TO BE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS IN FERNDALE, MICHIGAN, FROM A YOUNG FRIEND
OF FRENCH AND POLISH LINEAGE, FORMERLY A CANADIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL NAME

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

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

MOTHER, MOTHER, NELLY, NELLY,
MAKE A CAKE TO FILL MY BELLY.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): FOOD ; STOMACH

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

(NAME) IS NO GOOD,
CHOP HIM UP FOR FIREWOOD.
IF THE FIRE DOESN'T BURN,
PUT HIM IN THE BUTTER CHURN.
IF THE BUTTER IS NO GOOD,
TAKE HIM OUT AND SPANK HIM GOOD.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER TO HIM WHEN HE WAS
VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN

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

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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ON THE FINAL SCHOOL DAY OF EACH YEAR, WE WOULD CHANT THIS
REFRAIN:
NO MORE SCHOOL;
NO MORE BOOKS;
NO MORE TEACHERS' DIRTY LOOKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; NEW YORK ; HEMPSTED ; LONG ISLAND

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

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POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DON'T CATCH ME,
CATCH THAT BOY BEHIND THAT TREE.
HE STOLE SUGAR AND I STOLE TEA.
POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DON'T CATCH ME.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TWELVE AND TWELVE MAKES TWENTY FOUR,
SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND SAY NO MORE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Keyword(s): Arithmetic, Math, Mathematics, Addition,

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

STARE, STARE, LIKE A BEAR,
CALL YOUR MOTHER "GINGER HAIR,"
CHASE YOUR FATHER ROUND A CHAIR,
LIKE A SAUSAGE IN THE AIR.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S CHANT

POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DO YOUR DUTY,
HERE COMES (GIRL'S NAME) THE AMERICAN BEAUTY.
SHE CAN DO THE RHUMBA,
SHE CAN DO THE SPLITS,
SHE CAN WEAR DRESSES,
ABOVE HER HIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): FASHION--DRESS LENGTH

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

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CHILDREN'S SCHOOL VERSE

SCHOOL'S OUT, SCHOOL'S OUT,
TEACHER LET THE MONKEYS OUT.

Where learned: PORT CLINTON ; OHIO, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT
SIX BITS,
WHO IS THE BARBER?
TOM MIX.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): TOM MIX=OLD TIME MOVIE STAR

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

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LYRICAL VERSE, CHILDREN'S RHYME

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT,
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT,
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT,
"OH MY GOSH, IT'S A SATELLITE!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 03-23-1968

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

TEACHER, TEACHER, I DECLARE,
GIVE ME BACK MY UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

THE WORMS CRAWL IN, THE WORMS CRAWL OUT, THEY EAT UP YOUR GUTS AND SPIT THEM OUT.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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