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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO SLOW,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO FAST,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, SLIP ON THE GRASS.

Submitter comment: GAME: GO AROUND IN A CIRCLE, HOLDING HANDS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

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LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN, FALLING DOWN, FALLING DOWN,
LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN, MY FAIR LADY.
BUILD IT UP WITH STICKS AND STONES, ETC.
STICKS AND STONES WILL FALL AWAY, ETC.
BUILT IT UP WITH IRON BARS, ETC.
IRON BARS WILL BEND AND BREAK, ETC.
BUILD IT UP WITH PINS AND NEEDLES, ETC.
PINS AND NEEDLES WILL BEND AND BREAK, ETC.
TAKE A KEY AND LOCK HER UP, ETC.
TWO CHILDREN JOIN HANDS TO MAKE THE BRIDGE. THE OTHERS
FORM A SINGLE CIRCLE, PASSING UNDER THE BRIDGE, AND SKIP
AROUND THE CIRCLE. AT THE END OF EACH STANZA, THE
CHILDREN REPRESENTING THE BRIDGE DROP THEIR HANDS AND
CAPTURE WHOEVER IS BETWEEN THEM. THEY ASK "WHAT WILL YOU
PAY, SILVER OR GOLD?" BEFORE EACH STANZA THEY HAVE
SECRETLY AGREED WHICH ONE OF THEM SHALL CAPTURE SILVER,
WHICH GOLD. THE CAPTURED CHILD RESPONDS, AND HE IS TOLD
TO STAND BEHIND THE PERSON WHOSE METAL HE HAS GUESSED.
WHEN EVERYONE HAS BEEN CAPTURED, THERE WILL REMAIN TWO LINES
ONE BEHIND EACH SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, EACH CHILD HOLDING
ON TO THE WAIST OF THE ONE IN FRONT. THE GAME ENDS

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

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RING A ROUND THE ROSES, POCKET FULL O POSIES,
ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN.

Submitter comment: SUNG

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

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MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT,
GOES SO FAST,
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT,
STEP ON THE GAS.

Submitter comment: A GROUP FORMS A CIRCLE, GOING AROUND SAYING THIS RHYME,
GOING AROUND FASTER WHEN THEY COME TO "STEP ON THE GAS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

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

Submitter comment: A GROUP FORMS A CIRCLE SAYING THE RHYME AND FALLS DOWN WHEN THEY COME TO "ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN."

James Callow comment: BUT THERE IS NO COMPETITION, IS THERE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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RING AROUND THE ROSIE,
A POCKET FULL OF POSIES,
ASHES, ASHES,
WE ALL FALL DOWN. (EVERYONE TUMBLES TO THE GROUND)

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LUBY LOO

THIS IS A RING GME WITH SONG:
HERE WE GO LUBY LOO
HERE WE GO LUBY LOO
HERE WE GO LUBY LOO
ALL ON A SATURDAY NIGHT.
I PUT MY RIGHT FOOT IN,
I PUT MY RIGHT FOOT OUT,
I GIVE MY RIGHT FOOT A SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE,
ANDTURN MYSELF AROUND.

Submitter comment: THIS CONTINUES SUBSTITUTING DIFFERENT BODY PARTS TO SHAKE.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

PEPSI COLA, COCA COLA, ROYAL CROWN, YOU GOT TO HYPNOTIZE THEM,
BOOMERIZE THEM, KNOCK THEM DOWN. YOU KNOW THAT PEPSI COLA SHOT 'EM
DOWN. DR. PEPPER PICKED THEM UP AND NOW WE'RE DRINKING SEVEN-UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CARBONATED BEVERAGES POP SOFT DRINKS ; NEOLOGISM: BOOMERIZE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

I WENT TO OLD KENTUCKY. I WENT TO THE FAIR,
I MET A SENIORITA WITH A FLOWER IN HER HAIR.
OH, SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT,
SHAKE IT IF YOU CAN.
YOU CAN. SHAKE IT LIKE A MILKSHAKE. SHAKE IT IF YOU CAN.
EVERYBODY FORMS A CIRCLE. ONE PERSON GETS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT AND
DANCES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

OH, HERE WE GO ZOO-DE-O, ZOO-DE-O, ZOO-DE-O, HERE WE GO ZOO-DE-O
ALL NIGHT LONG. OH, STEP BACK SALLY, SALLY, SALLY. STEP BACK
SALLY, ALL NIGHT LONG. WALKIN' DOWN THE ALLEY, ALLEY, ALLEY.
WALKIN' DOWN THE ALLEY ALL NIGHT LONG.
EVERYBODY FORMS TWO LINES AND WHILE SINGING THE SONG HOLDS HANDS WITH
THE PERSON DIRECTLY ACROSS, TWISTING BACK AND FORTH UNTIL THE SONG
IS OVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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RING AROUND THE ROSEY

RING AROUND THE ROSEY, POCKETS FULL OF POSEY, ASHES, ASHES
WE ALL FALL DOWN

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG WITH THE CHILDREN HOLDING HANDS AND MARCHING IN
A CIRCLE. ON THE WORD "DOWN" EVERYONE FALLS DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 00001950S

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"STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK" -- USED WHEN PLAYING
HOPSCOTCH.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GAME WITH RHYME

YOU WOULD PLAY THIS GAME BY STANDING IN A CIRCLE, FACING THE MIDDLE.
ONE PERSON WOULD WALK AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE CARRYING A
HANKY AND WOULD SAY:
A TISKET, A TASKET
A GREEN AND YELLOW BASKET
SENT A LETTER TO MY LOVE
AND ON THE WAY I DROPPED IT
THEN YOU WOULD DROP THE HANKY BEHIND SOMEONE AND THEY WOULD CHASE YOU
AROUND THE CIRCLE. YOU TRY TO GO ALL THE WAY AROUND THE CIRCLE AND
JUMP INTO THE EMPTY SPOT BEFORE THAT PERSON TAGS YOU. IF YOU DO,
HE'S IT AND IF HE TAGS YOU, YOU'RE STILL IT.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER PLAYED THIS GAME WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE. I NEVER DID. I
REMEMBER KNOWING THE FIRST TWO LINES OF THE RHYME BUT THE LAST TWO
ARE UNFAMILIAR. I NEVER EVEN KNEW THAT THE RHYME WAS PART OF A GAME.
MY MOTHER WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT I DIDN'T KNOW IT.

Where learned: OHIO ; SOLON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

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GAME

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

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY HAVING EVERYONE JOIN HANDS TO FORM A CIRCLE
AND THEN MOVE AROUND IN THE CIRCLE RECITING THE RHYME.
THE PACE OF THE PARTICIPANTS IS SLOW FOR THE FIRST LINE,
FASTER FOR THE SECOND LINE, AND FASTEST FOR THE
THIRD AFTER WHICH EVERYONE FALLS TO THE GROUND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: CA00001950S

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GAME

RING AROUND THE ROSIE, A POCKET FULL OF POSIE;
ASHES, ASHES, WE ALL FALL DOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY HAVING EVERYONE JOIN HANDS TO FORM A
CIRCLE, AND THEN MOVE AROUND IN THE CIRCLE RECITING THE
RHYME. UPON RECITING THE LAST LINE, EVERYONE
IN THE CIRCLE FALLS TO THE GROUND.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: CA00001950S

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GAME

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, SHORT AND STOUT. THIS IS MY HANDLE; THIS
IS MY SPOUT. WHEN I GET ALL STEAMED UP, I WILL SHOUT:
"JUST TIP ME OVER AND POUR ME OUT."

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY A PERSON IMITATING A TEAPOT AND RECITING
THE RHYME. ONE ARM IS USED AS THE HANDLE AND THE OTHER AS THE SPOUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.526

Date learned: CA00001950S

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GAME VERSE

IN ITALIAN:
GIRO GIRO TONDO
GIRO GIRO TONDO
CASCA IL MONDO
CASCA LA TERRA
TUTTI GIU PERTERRA!

ENGLISH:
ROUND ROUND AROUND
ROUND ROUND AROUND
FALLS THE WORLD
FELL THE EARTH
EVERYONE ON THE GROUND!

Submitter comment: THE ABOVE VERSE IS USED IN CONNECTION WITH A GAME THE YOUNG
CHILDREN PLAY IN ITALY. ACCORDING TO GIOVANNI, IT IS SIMILAR
TO "RING AROUND THE ROSIE." THE CHILDREN DANCE AROUND IN A
CIRCLE AND WHEN THE LAST LINE IS SUNG, THEY ALL FALL TO THE
GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 10-09-1971

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THERE ARE TWO TEAMS OF GIRLS WHO LINE UP FACING EACH OTHER. ONE
TEAM SKIPS TOWARD THE OTHER SAYING:
"BUM, BUM, BUM,
HERE WE COME."
THE OTHER TEAM ASKS:
"WHERE YOU FROM?"
ANSWER: "PRETTY GIRL STATION."
QUESTION: "WHAT'S YOUR OCCUPATION?"
ANSWER: "ANYTHING OLD THING."
THIS SIDE PANTOMIMES AN OCCUPATION, WHICH THE OTHER SIDE GUESSES.
THEN THEY REVERSE SIDES.

Submitter comment: PLAYED BY MYSELF AND GIRLS FROM MIDDLE AND EASTERN TENNESSEE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHING CHONG CHINA MAN

CHING CHONG CHINA MAN
SITTING ON A FENCE
TRIED TO MAKE A DOLLAR OUT
OF FIFTY FIVE CENTS.
HE MISSED, HE MISSED
HE MISSED LIKE THIS.
WHILE DOING THIS, THE PERSON HAS LEGS STRADLE THEN
CROSSED. THE OBJECT IS TO END UP WITH LEGS APART AT
THE END OF RHYME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.523

Date learned: 11-10-1973

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