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GAME VERSE

MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO SLOW,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO FAST,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, STEP ON THE GAS.

Submitter comment: TO BE RECITED OR CHANTED WITH EVERYONE IN A CIRCLE WITH
HANDS JOINED. TO THE FIRST LINE EVERYONE WALKS AROUND IN
THE CIRCLE SLOWLY, THEY WALK FASTER TO THE SECOND LINE,
AND AT THE END OF THE THIRD, EVERYONE RUNS UNTIL SOMEONE
ACCIDENTALLY BREAKS THE CIRCLE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

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FUNNY LITLE DUTCH

I AM A FUNNY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL, AS FUNNY AS FUNNY CAN BE AND ALL THE BOYS AT THE BASEBALL GAME ARE CRAZY OVER ME.

Submitter comment: USED FOR BOTH JUMPING ROPE AND CLAPPING HANDS.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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TAUNT

A FAKE WAY TO FIND OUT IF YOUR FRIEND IS A GOOD CHILD IS
THIS ONE:
A GOOD CHILD, A GOOD CHILD,
AS I SUPPOSE YOU BE,
NEVER LAUGH OR SMILE,
WHILE I TICKLE YOUR KNEE.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; "STICKS AND STONES" ; San Francisco ; PORPOISE BOOKSHOP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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GAME VERSE

"ULI ULI JANKO:" KNEEL DOWN ON YOUR KNEE, REST
YOURSELF ON YOUR HIPS, CATCH YOURSELF BY YOUR BRAIDS, WASH YOURSELF
AND COMB YOURSELF. WHOEVER YOU LOVE THAT ONE TAKE.

Submitter comment: FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE RHYME.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN POLAND.
THIS IS TRANSLATED FROM POLISH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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Belief: Children's Song

WHEN WALKING DOWN THE STREET SOME CHILDREN WILL CAREFULLY WATCH
WHERE THEY STEP AND SAY, "IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOUR MOTHER'S
GOT A BROKEN BACK, AND IF YOU STEP ON A LINE YOUR FATHER DRINKS
WINE.

Submitter comment:

I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; Father ; GAME ; Line ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE ; Wine

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001958-00001966

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RING AROUND THE ROSIE

RING AROUND THE ROSIE, POCKET FULL OF POSIES
ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID WHILE HOLDING HANDS IN A CIRCLE AND ENDS WITH ALL
ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

Date learned: 02-04-1970

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WHILE CHANTING "STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK",
SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL ATTEMPT TO FORCE OTHERS TO STEP ON THE
CRACKS OF A SIDEWALK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001960S

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SEE, SEE OH PLAYMATE

SEE, SEE OH PLAYMATE COME OUT AND PLAY WITH ME AND BRING YOUR
DOLLIES THREE, CLIMB UP MY APPLE TREE, SLIDE DOWN MY RAINBOW INTO
MY CELLAR DOOR AND WE'LL BE JOLLY FRIENDS FOREVER MORE 1,2,3,4.
THERE IS A CLAPPING MOTION THAT GOES ALONG WITH WITH THIS SONG
WHEN IT IS SUNG. TWO PEOPLE SIT FACING EACH OTHER SINGING AND
CLAPPING THEIR HANDS. THE FIRST STEP IS TO CLAP HANDS ON YOUR
LAP. NEXT CLAP YOUR HANDS TOGETHER. THEN CLAP YOUR RIGHT HAND
WITH THE OTHER PERSON'S RIGHT HAND. THEN CLAP YOUR LEFT HAND WITH
THE OTHER PERSON'S LEFT HAND AND START AGAIN. THIS PATTERN
CONTINUES ALL THROUGH THE SONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

Date learned: 12-06-1983

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Entertainment: Game

Childhood Game:

When they were kids, they had a game called "Step on a crack and you'll break your mother's back." They would run along the sidewalk but not step on the pavement cracks or they would "break their mother's back" and lose.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C870] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Entertainment, Tabu, Game, Childhood ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

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Ethnic: German

Tros, tros, tril,

Der Bauerhat ein Phil,

Das Philchen will nicht lauffen,

Der Bauer will verkaufen,

Tros, tros, tril.

This verse was sung by a grandfather to a small child. It accompanied a little game in which the grandfather sat with his knees crossed. On his right leg the child was seated facing the grandfather who grasped the child's hands. As the grandfather sings the verse, he gives the child a "pony" ride on his leg.

The verse tells of a farmer who had a horse, the horse would not run, so the farmer wants to sell the horse.

Submitter comment:

The informant remembers her German-born father entertaining his grandchildren with this game in Kenosha, Wisconsin about 30 years ago.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Loose (very loose) translation:

Tros, Tros, tril, The Bauerhat a Phil, The Philchen will not often run, the farmer wants to sell, Tros, Tros, tril.

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C520, C750] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Entertainment ; ETHNIC ; Fable ; GAME ; GERMAN ; HORSE ; Play ; RHYME ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

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Entertainment: Game

"Pony Boy" game:

Put a small child on lap. Child should be facing you. Bounce shild up and down by bouncing your own knees. Continue the bouncing and sing:

Pony Boy, Pony Boy

Won't you be my Pony Boy?

Marry me; carry me

Right across the lane.

Giddy-up, Giddy-up....

(gradually bounce faster - at height of speed, extend your legs out and let child slide down, saying:)

Whoa! Don't you drop him!

(slide child back up).

 

Submitter comment:

My sister taught me it. As a nurse in the nursery she used to do it with the children.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C524.360] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; Entertainment ; GAME ; HORSE ; Pony ; RHYME ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

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Entertainment: Games

Hide and Seek Call:

When playing hide and seek, and the person who is it cannot find everyone, he calls out "Ally Ally in Free" and all those who are still hidden come out of their places to hide again for the next game.

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from the other kids in the neighborhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [C524, S70] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; GAMES ; Play

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520

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