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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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GAME RHYME

PLAYED WITH SMALL CHILDREN BY AN ADULT. THE HANDS ARE
FOLDED TOGETHER EXCEPT FOR THE INDEX AND THUMBS. AT THIS
POINT THE FOLLOWING IS RECITED:
HERE'S THE CHURCH AND HERE'S THE STEEPLE,
AT THIS POINT THE FINGERS ARE EXTENDED AND INTERMINGLED
WHILE THE WRISTS ROTATE. THE FOLLOWING IS THEN SAID:
OPEN THE DOOR AND SEE ALL THE PEOPLE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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POEM AND GESTURES

IN GRADE SCHOOL WE LEARNED THIS POEM FROM THE OTHER
CHILDREN ALONG WITH THE GESTURES:
THESE ARE MOTHER'S KNIVES AND FORKS--FINGERS EXTENDED
UPWARDS, HANDS BACKWARDS (BACK TO BACK)
THIS IS FATHER'S TABLE--FOLD HANDS AT KNUCKLES, TO FORM
A TABLE LIKE SURFACE.
THIS IS SISTER'S LOOKING GLASS--LIFT INDEX FINGERS AND HAVE
THEM TOUCH AT THE TIPS.
AND THIS IS BABY'S CRADLE--DO LIKEWISE WITH BABY FINGERS, ROCK
HANDS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BASKET BALANCING

SEVERAL CHILDREN BALANCE A BASKET ON THEIR HEADS AND TRY TO
WALK AS FAR AS POSSIBLE BEFORE DROPPING THEIR BASKET, WHILE
REPEATING THIS VERSE:
SEE ME WALK SO STRAIGHT AND TALL,
I WON'T LET MY BASKET FALL.
EYES UP STRAIGHT, DON'T LOOK DOWN,
KEEP YOUR BASKET OFF THE GROUND.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS GAME IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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SPIDER AME

AS A MOTHER'S CHILD SITS ON HER LAP, SHE WOULD SAY:
LEJZIE BOBA Z DALEKA
DO WIELKIEGO CZTOWIEKA

Submitter comment: WHILE PRETENDING THAT HER HAND IS A BUG OR SPIDER, AS THE
MOTHER PLAYFULLY TEASES THE BABY.
POLISH FOR "THE LITTLE SPIDER, SEE HIM COMING, COMING
TO TICKLE THE BABY."

James Callow comment: SUNG OR CHANTED? COLLECTOR: CHANTED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-22-1970

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RIN TIN TIN

RIN TIN TIN
SWALLOWED A PIN,
WENT TO THE DOCTOR,
AND THE DOCTOR WASN'T IN.
HE OPENED THE DOOR,
FELL ON THE FLOOR,
AND THAT WAS THE END OF RIN TIN TIN.

Submitter comment: DONE WHEN CLAPPING HANDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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MISS SUSIE

MISS SUSIE HAD A BABY,
SHE NAMED HIM TINY TIM,
SHE PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB,
TO SEE IF HE COULD SWIM.

HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER,
HE ATE UP ALL THE SOAP,
HE TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB,
BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT.

MISS SUSIE CALLED THE DOCTOR,
THE DOCTOR CALLED THE NURSE,
THE NURSE CALLED THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

IN WALKED THE DOCTOR,
IN WALKED THE NURSE,
IN WALKED HE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

MUMPS SAID THE DOCTOR,
MUMPS SAID THE NURSE,
MUMPS SAID THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE. MM[
OUT WALKED THE DOCTOR,
OUT WALKED THE NURSE,
OUT WALKED THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Submitter comment: ACCOMPANIED BY HAND-CLAPPING SAYS THE COLLECTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): HAVE ALSO HEARD THIS AS A JUMP-ROPE RHYME.

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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MISS MARY MACK

MISS MARY MACK, MACK, MACK,
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK, BLACK, BLACK,
WITH SILVER BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS,
ALL DOWN HER BACK, BACK, BACK.
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER,
FOR FIFTY CENTS, CENTS, CENTS,
TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS,
JUMP THE FENCE, FENCE, FENCE,
THEY JUMPED SO HIGH, HIGH, HIGH,
THEY WILL NEVER COME BACK, BACK, BACK,
TILL THE FOURTH OF JULY, JULY, JULY.

James Callow comment: HAND-CLAPPING ON ALL THE ACK'S

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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FINGER GAME

BEGIN COUNTING FROM YOUR BABY FINGER AND SAY THE FOLLOWING
VERSE:
TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY--WHOOPS TOMMY
TOMMY--WHOOPS--TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY, TOMMY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

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NURSERY RHYME

ITALIAN:
SECA SECA SECOLA
(NAME) VA ALLA SCUOLA
SE PORTA IL CANESTRINA
A TUTTO PIENO DI ROBBA
FINCI LA MAESTRA
CE LA PRENTE
A LA METTO SUL COMO
CI JA DIRE SI E NO.
TRANSLATION:
SEE SEE SAW.
(NAME) GOES TO SCHOOL.
SHE BRINGS A BASKET
ALL FILLED WITH GOODIES
FOR THE TEACHER.
THE TEACHER TAKES THE BASKET
AND PUTS IT ON THE DESK.
ASKS HER "YES" OR "NO."

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE INFORMANT SAY THIS TO HER GRANDSON, 1-1/2 YRS.
OLD, WHEN HOLDING HIM IN HER LAP. SHE TOOK BOTH OF HIS HANDS
AND ROCKED HIM TO AND FRO; AND ENDED THE RHYME BY PULLING
ONE HAND FOR "YES" AND THEN THE OTHER FOR "NO."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

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A GAME MY WIFE LEARNED AND PLAYED WITH OUR CHILDREN
IN THEIR NEONATAL DAYS:
FOREHEAD KNOCKER, (FOREHEAD)
EYE WINKER (ONE EYE)
TOM TINKER (OTHER EYE)
NOSE DROPPER (NOSE)
MOUTH EATER (MOUTH)
CHIN CHOPPER (CHIN)
AND A CHUKKA CHUK CHUK. (TICKLING STOMACHE)

Submitter comment: WHILE RECITING, THE SPEAKER TOUCHES THE INDICATED FACE AND
BODY PARTS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

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WHILE TRACING HIS INDEX FINGER ON MY WIFE'S PALM, THEN
PULLING AT HER FINGERS ONE-BY-ONE, HER GRANDFATHER WOULD
SAY:
MOLLY, MOLLY GRITZE
GEBT DAIN VAS
GEBT DAIN VAS
GEBT DAIN VAS
DEISEN SWEITZER KATZE RAUSE.
MOLLY, MOLLY, MOLLY GRITZIE;
GEDAMOUS, GEDAMOUS, GEDAMOUS, GEDAMOUS
THROW IT TO THE CATS'N-MOUSE'N-ROUSE'N.

Submitter comment: MY WIFE TOLD IT TO OUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY WERE INFANTS, BUT SAID IT AS HER MIND, AS A CHILD, TRANSLATED IT: WE'RE NOT SURE OF THE GERMAN OR ITS REAL MEANING.

Where learned: GERMAN ; GRANDFATHER

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

Date learned: 00001950'S

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THIS IS AN ARMENIAN VERSE SAID TO A BABY:
CLAP, CLAP (CLAPPING THE HANDS OF A SMALL CHILD)
YOU LOOK LIKE A RED APPLE

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS YOUR CHEEKS ARE LIKE A RED APPLE.
THIS VERSE WAS SAID TO THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS A BABY.
IT IS STILL USED TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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ONE DAY AS I WAS WALKING
I HEARD MY BOYFRIEND TALKING
TO A PRETTY LITTLE GIRL
WITH STRAWBERRY CURLS
AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID:
MY MOTHER GAVE ME PEACHES,
MY MOTHER GAVE ME PEARS,
MY MOTHER GAVE ME FIFTY CENTS
AND KICKED ME DOWN THE STAIRS.

Submitter comment: ACCOMPANIED BY CLAPPING
THIS VERSE IS TO BE SUNG WHILE CLAPPING HANDS TOGETHER AND
CLAPPING THEM ON YOUR LAP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

TWO PEOPLE STAND OPPOSITE ONE ANOTHER WHILE RECITING
THIS VERSE. AS THEY DO, THEY CLAP FIRST THEIR HANDS
AND THEN THE HANDS OF THEIR PARTNER:
DOCTOR, DOCTOR HAVE YOU HEARD.
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A MOCKING BIRD.
AND IF THAT MOCKING BIRD DON'T SING,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A DIAMOND RING.
AND IF THAT DIAMOND RING DON'T SHINE,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A BOTTLE OF WINE.
AND IF THAT BOTTLE OF WINE GETS BROKE,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A BILLY-GOAT.
AND IF THAT BILLY-GOAT RUNS AWAY,
MOMMY'S GOING TO SPANK MY BOOM-ZEE-A,
AND IF MY BOOM-ZEE-A GETS SORE,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME A CLOTHING STORE.
AND IF THAT CLOTHING STORE BURNS DOWN,
MOMMY'S GOING TO BUY ME AN EVENING GOWN,
AND IF THAT EVENING GOWN DON'T FIT,
MOMMY'S GOING TO SAY, "I QUIT, QUIT, QUIT."

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TWO LITTLE BLACKBIRDS SITTING ON A FENCE,
ONE NAMED JACK, ONE NAMED JILL.
FLY AWAY JACK, FLY AWAY JILL.
COME BACK JACK, COME BACK JILL.

Submitter comment: THE INDEX FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS HAD A SMALL PIECE OF
ADHESIVE TAPE. WHILE SAYING THE VERSE, THE PERSON
TAPS WITH THESE TWO FINGERS. WHEN THE BIRDS ARE TO FLY
AWAY, THE PERSON RAISES HIS HANDS HIGH AND EXCHANGES FINGERS,
SO THAT THE TAPE IS NOT SHOWING. WHEN THE BIRDS FLY BACK,
THE FINGERS ARE EXCHANGED, SO THAT THE TAPE IS SHOWING
AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DUTCH GIRL

A HAND-CLAPPING GAME THAT IS PLAYED TO THIS RHYME:
I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL,
AS PRETTY AS CAN BE.
AND ALL THE BOYS AROUND MY BLOCK,
GO CRAZY OVER ME.

SOME WILL GIVE ME PEACHES.
SOME WILL GIVE ME PEARS.
SOME WILL GIVE ME FIFTY CENTS,
AND KICK ME DOWN THE STAIRS.

I DON'T WANT THEIR PEACHES,
I DON'T WANT THEIR PEARS,
ALL I'LL TAKE IS THE FIFTY CENTS,
AND KICK THEM DOWN THE STAIRS.

Submitter comment: THE CLAPPING SEQUENCE IS:
BOTH HANDS ON LAP, CLAP TOGETHER, HIT EACH OTHER'S RIGHT
HAND (PALM TO PALM) -- CLAP TOGETHER.
HIT EACH OTHER'S LEFT HAND (PALM TO PALM), CLAP TOGETHER
HIT EACH OTHER'S TWO HANDS (PALM TO PALM), BOTH HANDS
ON LAP TOGETHER TWICE, CLAP, START AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

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

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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FINGER GAME

THESE ARE MOTHER'S KNIVES AND FORKS (INTERLOCKED FINGERS
POINTED UP)
THIS IS MOTHER'S TABLE (TURN HANDS SO LOCKED FINGERS POINT
DOWN
THIS IS TEACHER'S LOOKING GLASS (ADD TWO INDEX FINGERS TO
FORM A CIRCLE)
THIS IS BABY'S CRADLE. (ADD TWO SMALL FINGERS POINTED UPWARD
AND ROCK HANDLES--CRADLE FASHION).

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE PIGS

THIS LITTLE PIG GOES TO MARKET,
THIS LITLE PIG STAYS HOME.
THIS LITTLE PIG HAS PLENTY TO EAT,
THIS LITTLE PIG HAS NONE.
THIS LITTLE PIG SAYS, "WEE, WEE, WEE!" ALL THE WAY HOME.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A RHYME FOR TOES, THE LITTLE BEING THE "WEE" ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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MISS MARY MACK MACK MACK
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK BLACK BLACK
WITHSILVER BUTTONS BUTTONS BUTTONS
ALL DOWN HER BACK BACK BACK

SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER
FOR FIFTEEN CENTS, CENTS, CENTS,
TO SEE THE (ELEPHANTS)X 3
JUMP THE (FENCE)X 3

THEY JUMPED SO (HIGH)X 3
THEY REACHED THE (SKY)X 3
AND THEY NEVER CAME (BACK)X 3
TIL THE FOURTH OF (JULY)X 3 MM[
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER
FOR FIFTEEN MORE, MORE, MORE
TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS,
JUMP THE DOOR, DOOR, DOOR.

THEY JUMPED SO LOW, LOW, LOW,
THEY STUBBED THEIR TOE, TOE, TOE,
AND THAT WAS THE END, END, END,
OF THE ELEPHANT SHOW, SHOW, SHOW.

Submitter comment: DONE TO A SYSTEM OF HAND CLAPPING

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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