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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

ROSES ARE BLUE
VIOLETS ARE RED
IF YOU BELIEVE THIS
EXAMINE YOUR HEAD

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN 1965

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED. VIOLETS ARE BLUE.
SUGAR IS SWEET AND SO ARE YOU.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1963

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED. VIOLETS ARE BLUE.
I WISH I WERE AS PRETTY AS YOU.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH KEPT IN DETROIT, 1964

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE.
YOU'RE VERY CUTE AND ---- IS TOO.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1967.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE.
I HAVE A BULLDOG THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment: FROM AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN DETROIT, 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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ROSES ARE RED

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
SUGAR IS SWEET
AND SO ARE YOU

THE ROSES ARE WILTED
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD
THE SUGAR IS LUMPY
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS AREN'T BLACK
YOU'D LOOK BETTER
WITH A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK. MM[
ROSES ARE RED
A PICKLE IS GREEN
YOU LOOK LIKE A MONKEY
YOUR FACE IS A SCREAM.

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
LILIES ARE .98
WILL DANDELIONS DO?

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
SEND ME OVER
A POT OF IRISH STEW.

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE-ISH
DIDN'T YOU KNOW
THAT JESUS WAS JEWISH?

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THESE SIX DIFFERENT PARODIES OF THE ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS
ARE BLUE VERSE DURING GRADE SCHOOL. I PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER BECAUSE
I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE THE MANY DIFFERENT FORMS THE
VERSE COULD TAKE. THE ONE THAT I PUT DOWN FIRST IS THE FIRST ONE
THAT I LEARNED. IT MOST CLOSELY FOLLOWS THE ORIGINAL IN THE
SUBJECT MATERIAL. IT IS USUALLY JUST ADDED ON TO THE ORIGINAL.
THE "YOU LOOK LIKE A MONKEY" ONE WAS THE FAVORITE INSULT VERSE WHEN
I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL. IT HAS SINCE LOST ITS POPULARITY SINCE NONE
OF MY YOUNGER BROTHERS, SISTERS OR NEIGHBORS SEEM TO HAVE HEARD IT.
THE KNIFE IN YOUR BACK ONE SEEMS TO HAVE REPLACED IT AS THE FAVORITE
INSULTING AUTOGRAPH VERSE. I ONLY HEARD THE ONE WITH LILIES AND
DANDELIONS ONCE. I REMEMBER IT BECAUSE I LIKED IT. IT SEEMS TO
BE IN
KEEPING WITH OUR INFLATIONARY TIME PERIOD. PERHAPS THE REASON
THAT IT NEVER CAUGHT ON AS WELL AS SOME WAS BECAUSE IT WASN'T
INSULTING. THE TWO NATIONALITY ONES ALSO HAD A LIMITED USAGE BECAUSE
THEY CAN REALLY ONLY BE EFFECTIVELY USED BY THEIR PARTICULAR ETHNIC
GROUP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
AND HOO BOY WOULD I LIKE TO MAKE OUT WITH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK,
AND YOU'D LOOK BETTER WITH A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INSULT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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UNDERTAKER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE
MY FATHER IS AN UNDERTAKER/ AND HE'LL GET YOU.

Where learned: SCRAPBOOK

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PLANTS FLOWERS ; QUATRAIN DEATH ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED,/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE/ WHEN I TAKE A SHOWER/ I THINK
OF YOU. DRIP, DRIP, DRIP SUSAN ADAMS

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; HOLY NAME GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSULT SLANG ; PARODY ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCBD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AN AUTOGRAPH

MM[ THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR BOWL'S EMPTY,
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY DAVE. IN 1961

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

MM[ ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
THE SHORTER THE DRESS,
THE BETTER THE VIEW.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SHOULD GO DOWN AS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB ; SEX

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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VERSE

MM[ ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
THE LORD SURE MADE A CRAZY ONE,
WHEN HE MADE YOU.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1938

Data entry tech comment: LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
ORCHIDS ARE $6.50
WILL DANDELIONS DO?

Data entry tech comment: QUESTION MARK ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE ; PARODY ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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GRAPES IS PURPLE,
WHALES IS BLACK,
I LIKE PIZZA
CAN YOU SWIM TOO?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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ROSES ARE BLACK, VIOLETS ARE PINK,
AFTER YOU'VE HAD YOUR THIRTEENTH DRINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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ROSES ARE BLUE, VIOLETS ARE RED,
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT, YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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ROSES ARE BLUE, VIOLETS ARE RED,
IF YOU BELIEVE THIS, EXAMINE YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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ROSES ARE BLUE, VIOLETS ARE RED, THE SUGAR BO; IS EMPTY AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: GRADE SCHOOL

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ROSES ARE PINK, FAIRIES ARE BLACK,
WHEN YOU ARE GONE, I'LL COME BACK.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; ENDICOTT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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