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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

SHIRLEY TEMPLE WENT TO FRANCE
TO TEACH THE GIRLS THE WATUSI DANCE.
FIRST ON THE HEEL THEN ON THE TOE.
SPLIT THE ROPE AND AROUND SHE GOES.
SALUTE TO YOUR PARTNER, CURTSEY TO THE QUEEN,
TOUCH THE BOTTOM OF THE SUBMARINE.
I LIKE COFFEE, I LIKE TEA
I LIKE A WHITE BOY AND HE LIKES ME.
HEY, WHITE BOY, YOU DON'T SHINE.
HERE COMES A COLORED BOY TO BEAT YOUR BEHIND!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MOVIE STAR ; NEGRO

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

I LIVE IN CHE-CHE-CHINA BEHIND THE CHINA BAY.
I WASH MY CLOTHES IN LIMA-A FOR FIFTEEN CENTS A DAY.
OH, PATTY, PATTY, PATTY. YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED
TO MARRY, MARRY, MARRY, A BOY WITHOUT A NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

MY MOTHER AND YOUR MOTHER WERE HANGING UP CLOTHES.
MY MOTHER PUNCHED YOUR MOTHER RIGHT IN HER BIG NOSE.
YOUR MOTHER WENT DOWNTOWN TO SEE THE BIG CLOWN./
SHE SCREAMED SO LOUD THAT THE POLICE CAME 'ROUND.
POLICE, POLICE, DON'T TAKE ME,
TAKE THE MAN BEHIND THE TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): VIOLENCE

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

ALL IN TOGETHER, VERY FINE WEATHER, I SEE THE TEACHER LOOKING OUT
THE WINDOW. DING-DONG, THE FIRE BELL! JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH ...
SAY THE MONTHS UNTIL EVERYONE JUMPS OUT OF THE ROPE ON THEIR MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

LITTLE SUZY WAS SITTING BY THE TREE. SHE SANG, SHE SANG, SHE SANG
SO SWEET THAT ALONG CAME JOHNNY AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK. HOW
MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE? COUNT OFF UNTIL YOU MISS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

LULU HAD AN ENGINE, THE ENGINE HAD A BELL
LULU WENT TO HEAVEN AND THE ENGINE WENT TO HELL-O
OPERATOR, GIVE ME NUMBER
IF YOU DON'T I'LL KICK YOUR BLACK BEHIND
THE REFRIGERATOR, THERE IS A PIECE OF GLASS
I HOPE YOU FALL AND CUT YOUR BIG, OLD --
ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS, I'LL TELL YOU NO MORE LIES
AND THAT'S HOW MARY AND HER STEAM BOAT DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

MARY! WHO'S CALLING MY NAME?
MARY: I'M PLAYING A GAME.
MARY YOU'RE WANTED ON THE PHONE.
IF IT AIN'T MY BOYFRIEND,
TELL HIM I AIN'T HOME.
LISTEN TO THE CLOCK GO TICK-TOCK.
LISTEN TO THE CLOCK GO TICK-TOCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN

TWO PEOPLE ARE HOLDING EACH END OF THE ROPE AND THEY SWING THE ROPE
BACK AND FORTH WHILE A THIRD PERSON JUMPS OVER THE ROPE. THE OTHERS
ARE SAYING WORDS; WITH EACH WORD THAT IS BEING SAID THE
THIRD PERSON JUMPS OVER THE ROPE. THE TWO ROPE HOLDERS ARE
SAYING IN A SING-SONG WAY THE FOLLOWING:
JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN
JOHNNY OVER THE SEA
JOHNNY BROKE A BEER BOTTLE AND BLAMED IT ON ME
I TOLD POPPA
POPPA TOLD MOMMA
NOW JOHNNY IS GONNA GET A RED HOT BEATIN.
THEN AS SOON AS THE ROPE HOLDERS SAY RED HOT BEATIN THEY TURN THE
ROPE IN A COMPLETE CIRCLE VERY FAST OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL THE
JUMPER STOPS OR UNTIL THE JUMPER'S FOOT TANGLES WITH THE ROPE.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FOLKLORE FROM HER CHILDHOOD DAYS IN HER HOME TOWN.
THIS FOLKGAME INVOLVES CHILDREN JUMPING ROPE WITH THE SOLE
PURPOSE OF COMPETING WITH THEIR OPPONENTS. THE DURATION OF
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS STRESSED IN THIS GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001930'S

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ROPE-JUMPING

YELLOW, YELLOW, THAT UGLY FELLOW
HOW MANY TIMES DID HE FALL DOWN IN THE MEADOW.
THEN YOU START JUMPING ROPE FROM NUMBER ONE, UNTIL YOU STOP.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS IS A TRUE GAME INVOLVING MUCH PHYSICAL ACTION AND COMPETITION.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

1, 2, 3, ALARRY;
4, 5, 6, ALARRY;
7, 8, 9, ALARRY;
10 ALARRY, KINGDOM COME.

Submitter comment: SPELLING OF ALARRY CAME FROM INFORMANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 10-16-1974

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

AKA BAKA CHEW TOBACCA;
AKA BAKA BOO.
IF YOUR FATHER CHEWS TOBACCO,
HE IS A DIRTY JEW.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED WHEN I SHOWED MY MOTHER ITEM #2.
SHE REMEMBERED A JUMP ROPE RHYME THAT SOUNDED JUST LIKE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 10-16-1974

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

NOT LAST NIGHT/ BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE/ 25 ROBBERS CAME A KNOCKING
AT MY DOOR/ AS I WALKED OUT, THEY WALKED IN/ AND HIT ME ON THE
HEAD WITH A ROLLING PIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

SALLY OVER THE WATER/ SALLY OVER THE SEA/ SALLY BROKE A MILK BOTTLE/
AND BLAMED IT ON ME/ SALLY TOLD MA/ MA TOLD PA/ SALLY GOT A
SCOLDING/ HA, HA, HA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL JUMP ROPE RHYME

I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL DRESSED IN BLUE.
THESE ARE THE THINGS I LIKE TO DO
SALUTE TO THE CAPTAIN (SALUTE TO PERSON HOLDING ONE END OF THE ROPE.)
CURTSY TO THE KING (TURN AROUND AND SALUTE TO THE OTHER ROPE-HOLDER)
AND TURN MY BACK ON THE MEAN OLD KING. (TURN AROUND ONCE MORE)

I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL DRESSED IN RED.
THESE ARE THE THINGS MY MOTHER SAID.
DON'T WEAR LIPSTICK.
DON'T WEAR ROUGE.
DON'T WEAR MOMMY'S HIGH-HEELED SHOES.

I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL DRESSED IN PINK.
THESE ARE THE THINGS I LIKE TO DRINK
BEER, WINE, TURPENTINE
THEN I TURN INTO FRANKENSTEIN.

Submitter comment: THE FIRST VERSE IS THE OLDEST ONE. THIS MIGHT HELP TO EXPLAIN WHY
IT HAS ACCOMPANYING GESTURES WHILE THE OTHERS DO NOT.
THE THIRD VERSE IS REALLY CONSIDERABLY LATER THAN THE SECOND ONE.
I REMEMBER SAYING THE SECOND VERSE MYSELF WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL
WHILE I DON'T REMEMBER HEARING THE THIRD ONE UNTIL JUST A FEW YEARS
AGO. THESE THREE VERSES ARE USUALLY SAID ONE AFTER THE OTHER IF THE
JUMPER CAN JUMP THAT LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

CHINNY, CHINNY CHINAMAN SITTING ON A FENCE TRYING TO MAKE A
DOLLAR OUT OF EIGHTY-FIVE CENTS. KATHY.
THE JUMPROPE IS MADE OF CONNECTED RUBBERBANDS.
STANDING AT OPPOSITE ENDS WITH THIS, IN EFFECT, LARGE RUBBERBAND
MADE OF CONNECTED RUBBERBANDS AROUND THEIR ANKLES, THE TWO
PEOPLE STRETCH THE LARGE CIRCULAR RUBBERBAND UNTIL IT APPEARS TO
BE TWO PARALLEL LINES. IT IS PLAYED BY PUTTING ONE FOOT
UNDERNEATH THE FIRST BAND AND CROSSING IT OVER THE OTHER ONE.

Submitter comment: KATHY IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR THE PERSON CALLED IN TO JUMP.
I PLAYED THIS GAME, TOO.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN DETROIT IN AN AREA CLOSE TO HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Sterling Heights ; NEAR HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE FOR LITTLE MARY, CALL IN ALICE TO THE DOOR.
LOOKS LIKE MARY IS HAVING ALL THE FUN, SO WE DON'T NEED MARY
ANYMORE. KICK HER OUT THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: MARY IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR A PERSON ORIGINALLY JUMPING ROPE.
ALICE IS AN EXAMPLE NAME FOR THE PERSON CALLED IN TO JUMP.
I PLAYED JUMP-ROPE TO THIS RHYME, TOO.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN DETROIT IN AN AREA CLOSE TO HAMTRAMCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Sterling Heights ; NEAR HAMTRAMCK

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR TURN AROUND/
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR TOUCH THE GROUND/
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR THAT WILL DO

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME AND CHEER

CHARLEY MCCARTHEY,
DOROTHY LAMOUR,
MAMA'S LITTLE BABY GONNA ROCK TONIGHT
HEY BOB-A-REE-BA--FIGHT, FIGHT
HEY BOB-A-REE-BA--FIGHT, FIGHT
MAMA'S LITTLE BABY GONNA ROCK TONIGHT

Submitter comment: THIS WAS USED BY MY SISTER AND HER CHILDHOOD FRIENDS PRIMARILY
FOR JUMP-ROPE, BUT ALSO AS A CHEER. BEFORE THEY WERE CORRECTED, SOME
OF THE GIRLS (INCLUDING MY SISTER,) USED TO SAY "DOROTHY MAMOOR"
BECAUSE OF THEIR UNFAMILIARITY WITH HER.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): RADIO AND MOVIE PERSONALITIES

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND OUT OF SHAPE
REMEMBER GIRDLES ARE $2.98

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN 1965

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL DRESSED IN BLUE
HERE ARE THE THINGS I LIKE TO DO
WHISTLE TO THE CAPTAIN,
CURTSY TO THE QUEEN,
TURN MY BACK ON A SUBMARINE
I CAN TO THE HOOTCHIE-COO
I CAN DO THE FLIP
I CAN DO THEM JUST LIKE THIS

Submitter comment: WHEN THE JUMPER SAYS "JUST LIKE THIS," SHE JUMPS OUT.
A VARIANT OF THE FIRST TWO LINES IS:
I'M A LITTLE DUTCH GIRL DRESSED IN GREEN
HERE ARE THE THINGS I THINK ARE KEEN

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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