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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY, COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 1-13-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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I HAD A LITTLE TURTLE, HE LIVED IN A BOX,
HE SWAM IN THE RIVER AND CLIMBED ON A ROCK.
HE SNAPPED AT A MINNOW, HE SNAPPED AT A FLEA,
HE SNAPPED AT A MOSQUITO, AND HE SNAPPED AT ME.
HE CAUGHT THE MINNOW, AND HE CAUGHT THE FLEA,
HE CAUGHT THE MOSQUITO, BUT HE DIDN'T CATCH ME.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; JOHNSTOWN

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

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LADY BUG, LADY BUG, FLY AWAY
YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE
AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BURN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
I PRAY THE LORD; MY SOUL TO KEEP.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD, MY SOUL TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: REMEMBERED BY ROSE AS TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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PRAYER

LOVELY LADY, DRESSED IN BLUE, TEACH ME HOW TO PRAY, GOD WAS JUST YOUR LITTLE CHILD, AND YOU KNOW THE WAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN MANY YEARS AGO.

Data entry tech comment: WE USED TO SING THIS SONG IN SCHOOL.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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GERMAN PRAYER

ICH BIN KLEIN,
MEIN HERZ IST REIN,
SOLL NIEMANN DREN WEHEN,
ALTS JESUS ALEIN. AMEN.

I AM SMALL,
MY HEART IS PURE,
LET NO ONE LIVE IN IT
BUT JESUS ALONE. AMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UTICA

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

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT,
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT.
WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THIS WISH I WISH TONIGHT.

Where learned: HIS HOME

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

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Language

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY/ COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY/ LITTLE JOHNNIE WANTS
TO PLAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 01-13-2011

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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Language

Folk Song by Children:

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY, COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY.

Submitter comment:

A SONG ALL LITTLE CHILDREN USED TO SING WHEN IT STARTED TO RAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 01-13-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-02-1977

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MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN,
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON.
ALL FOUR CORNERS ROUND ABOUT,
WHEN I GET IN, WHEN I GET OUT.
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED,
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD;
ONE TO WATCH AND ONE TO PRAY,
AND TWO TO BEAR MY SOUL AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL

Where learned: TOLEDO

Keyword(s): PIOUS DEATH ANGELS SLEEPING BIBLICIAL ; RHYME: AABB

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

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PRAYER

GOD BE IN MY HEAD AND IN MY UNDERSTANDING,
GOD BE IN MY EYES AND IN MY LOOKING,
GOD BE IN MY MOUTH AND IN MY SPEAKING,
GOD BE IN MY HEART AND IN MY THINKING,
GOD BE IN MY END AND IN MY DEPARTING.

Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION MEDIAL ITERATION RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-07-1970

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LYRICAL PRAYER

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP.
PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP.
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM HIS MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: THIS PRAYER IS COMMONLY TAUGHT TO CHILDREN.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.574.86
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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BED CHARM

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD
ONE AT HEAD AND ONE AT FEET
AND TWO TO GUARD MY SOUL ASLEEP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABBCC PRAYER

James Callow Keyword(s): FOUR EVANGELISTS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Fourths / Quarters
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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NIGHT BLESSING

GOOD NIGHT
SLEEP TIGHT
WAKE UP BRIGHT
IN THE MORNING LIGHT
TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT
WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT.

James Callow comment: BEGINS AS MONOMETER, SHIFTS TO DIMETER

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RELIGION PRAYER RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): COMMANDS INSTRUCTIONS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP
THY LOVE GO WITH ME ALL THE NIGHT
AND WAKE ME WITH THE MORNING LIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION PRAYER RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RHYME

"PINCH, POKE, YOU OWE ME A COKE," IS SAID WHEN TWO PEOPLE, IN A
CONVERSATION, SAY THE SAME THING AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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OH LORD, I WANT TO BE FREE,
WANT TO BE FREE;
RAINBOW ROUND MY SHOULDER,
WINGS ON MY FEET.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A POEM THAT WAS USED IN THE SOUTH.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 00-00-1947 ; 00-00-1985

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL
CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, ALL THINGS
WISE AND WONDERFUL, FOR THE LORD GOD
MADE THEM ALL. EACH LITTLE FLOWER THAT
OPENS, EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS. HE
MADE THE GLORY OF COLORS, HE MADE THE TINY
WINGS. HE GAVE US EYES TO SEE THEM AND LIPS
THAT WE MAY TELL, HOW GREAT IS GOD ALMIGHTY
WHO MADE ALL THINGS WELL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE POEM FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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LADYBUGS

WHEN ONE FINDS A LADYBUG ON ONE'S CLOTHING, ONE IS SUPPOSED
TO RELEASE THE BUG IN THE AIR (IT WILL FLY) AND SAY:
LADYBUG, LADYBUG,
FLY AWAY HOME,
YOUR HOUSE IN ON FIRE,
AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE ALL ALONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BURN.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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