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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IF YOU FIND A FELLOW GOOD AND TRUE,/ HANG TO HIS COAT TAIL AND
STICK LIKE GLUE./ BUT IF YOU FIND YOUR HOLD MUST SLIP,/ GRAB
ANOTHER AND LET HIM RIP. MARTHA BORGMANN

Submitter comment: RECOPIED FROM AN OLDER AUTOGRAPH BOOK DATING AROUND 1850.
THE SELECTIONS FROM THE OLDER BOOK WERE ALSO COLLECTED IN INDIANA.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; INDIANA ; BROOKVILLE

Keyword(s): ADVICE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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LOOK NOT (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

LOOK NOT FOR THE BEAUTY/ NOR WHITENESS OF THE SKIN.
BUT LOOK FOR THE HEART/ THAT IS LOYAL WITHIN.

FOR BEAUTY MAY FADE/ AND SKIN GROW OLD,
BUT THE HEART THAT IS LOYAL,/ WILL NEVER GROW OLD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE QUATRAIN ; METONYMY ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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VERSE

MM[ CANDY IS DANDY,
BUT LIQUOR IS QUICKER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1938

Data entry tech comment: DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN YOU FALL IN A RIVER, THERE IS A BOAT
WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE, THERE IS NO HOPE

Submitter comment: TOLD AT INFORMAN'T HOME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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BE CAREFUL

IF WISDOM'S WAYS YOU WISELY SEEK,
FIVE THINGS OBSERVE WITH CARE:
OF WHOM YOU SPEAK, TO WHOM YOU SPEAK,
AND HOW, AND WHEN, AND WHERE.

Submitter comment: UNDATED ENTRY WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE AND REARRANGED ONE LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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FRIENDSHIP

THERE ARE GOLD SHIPS,
THERE ARE SILVER SHIPS,
BUT THERE IS NO SHIP LIKE FRIENDSHIP.

Submitter comment: UNDATED ENTRY WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE AND COMMAS WHERE NEEDED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): REPETITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL, VERSE

LOVE MANY,
TRUST FEW,
ALWAYS PADDLE,
YOUR OWN CANOE.
I FOUND THIS IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF 1963.

Data entry tech comment: SALUTATION "DEAR DIANE" LEFT OUT BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; LIFE ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NEVER KISS AT THE GARDEN GATE,
FOR LOVE IS BLIND,
BUT THE NEIGHBORS AIN'T.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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YOU CAN FALL IN A BARREL,
YOU CAN FALL IN A TUB,
BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE N-------,
DON'T FALL IN LOVE.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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TIMES ARE HARD AND THINGS ARE SLOW,
ASK FOR TRUST (OR A KISS) AND OUT YOU GO.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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SUGAR IS SUGAR,
AND SALT IS SALT.
IF YOU DON'T GET WHAT YOU WANT
IT'S YOUR OWN DARN FAULT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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DEAR CHRIS,
WHEN YOU GO FISHING TAKE YOUR LINE,
WHEN YOU GO KISSING TAKE YOUR TIME.
YOUR PAL, PEG

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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THE HIGHER THE MOUNTAIN
THE COOLER THE BREEZE;
THE YOUNGER THE COUPLE
THE TIGHTER THEY SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00001944-1945

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YOU SWEEP WITH A BROOM,
YOU MOP WITH A MOP,
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO,
DON'T MARRY A WOP.

Submitter comment:

THIS WOMAN, WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED
ME TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
THE VERSES WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES
IN 1939.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM=WOP (FOR ITALIAN)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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BUTTER IS BUTTER
CHEESE IS CHEESE
WHAT IS A KISS
WITHOUT A SQUEEZE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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DOWN NOT THE GIRL THAT'S DOWN TODAY,
BUT CHEER HER UP IN HER SORROW.
THIS OLD WORLD IS A FUNNY OLD WORLD,
YOU MAY BE DOWN TOMORROW.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 06-25-1944

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YOU MAY JUDGE A TREE BY THE FRUIT IT BEARS,
BUT YOU CAN'T JUDGE A MAN BY THE CLOTHES HE WEARS.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 06-25-1947

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YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER
BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM DRINK.
YOU CAN LEAD A FOOL TO KNOWLEDGE
BUT YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM THINK.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 06-25-1944

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THE HIGHER THE MOUNTAIN,
THE COLDER THE BREEZE,
THE YOUNGER THE COUPLE,
THE TIGHTER THE SQUEEZE.

Submitter comment: THIS WOMAN, WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PERMITTED
ME TO COLLECT THESE VERSES FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
THE VERSES WERE ENTERED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES
IN 1939.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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WHEN YOU GO FISHING, TAKE A LINE.
WHEN YOU GO KISSING, TAKE YOUR TIME.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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