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THESE WORDS ARE USUALLY SAID BY THE MOTHER PLAYFULLY
AND THEN ANSWERED BY THE CHILD.
WHO'S MY LITTLE WHO'S ITS.
WHO'S MY TURTLE DOVE,
WHO'S MY LITTLE WHO'S ITS.
ANSWER: MEEEE

Data entry tech comment: I'VE HEARD A LAST LINE, THUS: WHO DO YOU LOVE?
WE USED TO SING THIS VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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SWAY TO THE LEFT
SWAY TO THE RIGHT
STAND UP, SIT DOWN
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT

Submitter comment: CAN BE USED FOR BASKETBALL CONTESTS.
AS THE CHEER IS BEING SAID, THE SPECTATORS DO AS THEY ARE
SWAYING, I.E., THEY SWAY AND STAND, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL CHEER

REPEL THEM, REPEL THEM,
MAKE THEM RELINQUISH THE BALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL CHEER

AGITATE THEM, AGITATE THEM,
FORCE THEM INTO A BLUNDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BUSHEL OF WHEAT,
BUSHEL OF RYE,
WHO'S EVER NOT READY
HOLLER I.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RENO HALL LOBBY

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

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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BASKETBALL CHEER

IN THE AIR, OVER THE RIM,
COME ON (NAME OF PLAYER), PUT IT IN.

Submitter comment: THIS CHEER IS USED WHEN A PLAYER IS FOUL-SHOOTING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL CHEER

GIVE ME A B (CROWD ANSWERS "B")
GIVE ME A B (DITTO)
GIVE ME ANOTHER B (DITTO)
ANOTHER B (DITTO)
ANOTHER B (DITTO)
ONE LAST B (DITTO)
WHAT DOES IT SPELL?

Submitter comment: THEN BY VIBRATING ONE'S CLOSED LIPS, WITH HIS FINGERS,
SOMETHING LIKE A CHILD OFTEN DOES, THE PEOPLE WILL
ANSWER WITH: BBBBBBBBB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL CHEER

KA-SUME-BA-WA-HEY! HEY!

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEFORE PLAYING TAG OR HIDE AND SEEK, THE ONE WHO IS "IT"
CALLS OUT: APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHO'S NOT READY
HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: IF NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING, THE GAME BEGINS. IF SOMEONE CALLS OUT "I" THEN THE ONE WHO IS "IT" CALLS OUT THE ABOVE RHYME
AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

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RACING, CHASING GAME

DUM, DUM DODO, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,
I CAN RUN FASTER THAN (INSERT A NAME) (CAN)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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A GROUP OF CHILDREN SIT IN THE CIRCLE AND ONE MEMBER PASSES
HIS OR HER SHOE TO THE PERSON HE WISHES, AND THIS PERSON
MUST DO WHAT THE OTHER PERSON SAYS, IF HE CANNOT, HE MUST
KEEP THE SHOE. THE CHILD IN THE END WITH THE MOST SHOES
IS THE LOSER. THIS RHYME IS SAID DURING THE GAME:
YOU MUST PASS THE SHOE FROM ME TO YOU
YOU MUST PASS THE SHOE AND DO WHAT I DO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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HIDE AND SEEK

A GAME KNOWN AS "HIDE AND SEEK" PLAYED BY CHILDREN, USUALLY
AT NIGHT, HAS ONE WARNING USED THAT SOMETIMES SOUNDS LIKE
THIS: APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER
I. THIS IS SAID BY THE PERSON PURSUING THOSE WHO ARE IN
HIDING, AS A WARNING THAT HE'S COMING FOR THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS HIMSELF WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER AND
ABLE TO PLAY THE GAME HIDE AND SEEK. THIS IS ONE OF THE
SAYINGS USED BY THE PERSON WHO IS TO COME LOOKING FOR
THOSE WHO ARE HIDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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READY OR NOT

APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY, HOLLER I.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE, AND HE REMEMBERS THIS FROM
HIS CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SOUTHFIELD

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

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FOOTBALL CHEER

OU SA SA SA
OU SA SA SA
HIT 'EM ON THE HEAD WITH A BIG

Submitter comment: THIS CHEER WAS DONE BY A SCHOOL WHOSE TEAM WAS
NICKNAMED THE POLISH IRONMEN.

Data entry tech comment: UNFINISHED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HIDING GAME

APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE;
WHO'S NOT READY HOWLER I.

Where learned: APARTMENT

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

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GAME VERSE

DEEL LE NE A BITE EL HAGE (SIR NAME)
BOD DU BA EDU BOD DU BA ED
TAKE ME TO THE HOUSE OF THE (FAMILY SIR NAME)
STILL FARTHER ON, STILL FARTHER ON.

Submitter comment: THIS LEBANESE GAME VERSE IS USED BY PARENTS AT THE BED TIME
HOUR. ONE PERSON RECITES THE FIRST LINE, THE OTHERS
RESPOND BY SAYING THE SECOND LINE.
TRANSLATED IT MEANS:

Where learned: PHONE

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

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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SAILOR, SAILOR, DRESSED IN BLUE,
THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU MUST DO.
SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN, BOW TO THE KING,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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FOOTBALL CHEER

REPEL THEM, REPEL THEM.
MAKE THEM RELINQUISH THE BALL!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL CHEER

INFLICT PAIN, INFLICT PAIN,
RENDER THEM IMMOBILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOOTBALL CHEER

LEAN TO THE LEFT,
LEAN TO THE RIGHT.
STAND UP, SIT DOWN,
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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