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VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

NEEDLES AND PINS,/ NEEDLES AND PINS,/ WHEN YOU GET OLDER,/ YOUR
TROUBLE BEGINS. P.S. DON'T COME TO ME.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): LOSS OF YOUTH ; REPETITION ; RHYME: AABA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

FALSE TEETH, ROUGE, AND BORROWED HAIR/ MAY GIVE TO AGE A YOUTHFUL
AIRE./ BUT WHEN DEATH COMES TO CALL US HENCE/ THERE IS AN END OF
ALL PRETENCE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): MAKEUP WIG ; RHYME DEATH ; RHYME: AABB

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

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AN AUTOGRAPH SAYING

MM[ I WISH YOU LUCK, I WISH YOU JOY
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL
AND WHEN HER HAIR IS UP IN PINS
I WISH YOU THEN A SET OF TWINS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): IAMBIC TETRAMETER ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: AABBCC ; WISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.342
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Matrimony
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN AWAY.

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN YOU DOWN.

BUT LOVE THE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment:

UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN
ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICHIGAN IN 1968.

James Callow comment:

; OBSERVATION ;

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME AA BB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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FALL FROM A BUGGY
FROM FROM ABOVE
FALL FROM ANYTHING
BUT DON'T FALL IN LOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001964 CA.

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FRUITS DECAY AS SOON AS THEY RIPEN
LOVE AND KISSES SOON GROW OLD
YOUNG MEN'S VOWS ARE SOON FORGOTTEN
LOOK OUT! DON'T GET SOLD.

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 Cynical insight

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAY THING,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY,
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYTHING
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN
GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN;
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN AROUND.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BLACK;
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN THEIR BACK.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREEN;
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND THEN THEY'LL SCREAM.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE;
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO!

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL, DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAY THING,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN
JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-23-1968

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GATHER THE ROSEBUDS WHILE YE MAY
OLD TIME IS STILL A FLYING
AND THAT SAME FLOWER THAT BLOOMS TODAY
TOMORROW SHALL BE DYING.
(SIGNED) LIZZIE SNYDER

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

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

Date learned: 00001800S

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FALL FROM A TREE TOP
FALL FROM ABOVE
BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE
DON'T FALL IN LOVE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND THROW YOU DOWN.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GRAY,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN AWAY.
BUT BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001930-1933

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WHEN SITTING ON THE SOFA
WITH A YOUNG MAN AT YOUR SIDE,
BEWARE OF FALSE IMPRESSIONS
HIS MUSTACHE MAY BE DYED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001930-1933

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I USED TO THINK THAT ALL BOYS WERE NICE AS PIE,
BUT WHEN I THINK WHAT I HAVE THUNK,
I THINK I THUNK A LIE.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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KISSES ARE SWEET, BUT OH HOW BITTER,
TO KISS A YOUNG TOBACCO SPITTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967 ; 00-00-1945

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LOVE IS SUCH A FUNNY THING,
IT LOOKS LIKE A LIZARD,
IT GOES IN YOUR HEART,
AND COMES OUT YOUR GIZZARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MISSOURI ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1967 ; 00-00-1945

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND GET OUT OF SHAPE,
REMEMBERS GIRDLES ARE ONLY $2.98

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS,
PRECIOUS AND RARE.
FALSE ONES ARE LIKE AUTUMNS
LEAVES FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

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

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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YOU CAN FALL FROM A MOUNTAIN,
YOU MAY FALL FROM ABOVE,
BUT FOR HEAVENS SAKE
DON'T FALL IN LOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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