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BOYS ARE BOY SCOUTS
UNTIL THEIR (THEY'RE) SIXTEEN,
AFTER THAT THEIR (THEY'RE) GIRL SCOUTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DO GOOD DEEDS,
THE LORD WILL BLESS YOU.
STEAL THIS BOOK,
DIGGS WILL DRESS YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING IS TO BE WRITTEN IN ONE'S BOOK.

James Callow comment: DIGG'S IS, PRESUMEDLY, THE UNDERTAKER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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DON'T STEAL THIS BOOK,
MY LITTLE LAD,
FOR FORTY CENTS, IT COST MY DAD.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT'S MINE,
LOOK ON PAGE 99.

Submitter comment: ON PAGE 99 THE OWNER'S NAME IS WRITTEN SEVERAL TIMES
IN ONE OF MY BROTHER'S HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,
THEN COMES (NAME) WITH A BABY CARRIAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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GOD BLESS THE BAKER,
GOD BLESS THE COOK,
GOD PITY THE PERSON,
WHO STEALS THIS BOOK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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GOD MADE BUTTER,
GOD MADE CHEESE,
GOD MADE LITTLE GIRLS
FOR BOYS TO SQUEEZE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF BY CHANCE THIS BOOK SHOULD ROAM
BOX ITS EARS AND SEND IT HOME.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 04-18-1960

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IF THIS BOOK YOU STEAL AWAY,
WHAT WILL YOU SAY ON JUDGEMENT DAY?

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 10-20-1967

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IF THIS SMALL BOOK SHOULD CARE TO ROAM,
BOX ITS EARS AND SEND IT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IF YOU STEAL THIS NOTEBOOK,
YOU SHOULD BE SHAME.
FOR (NAME) IS NOT YOUR NAME.
AND WHEN YOU DIE, THE LORD WILL SAY:
WHERE'S THAT NOTEBOOK YOU STOLD THAT DAY.
AND IF YOU SAY, "I DO NOT KNOW,":
THE LORD WILL SAY,
"PLEASE STEP BELOW."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL, SHE WROTE THIS
POEM AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY BOOK AND WRITING TABLET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 10-12-1971

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I PITY THE BUTCHER, I PITY THE COOK,
I PITY THE ONE WHO STEALS THIS BOOK.
FOR WHEN HE DIES, GOD WILL SAY:
"WHERE'S THAT BOOK YOU STOLE THAT DAY?"
AND IF HE SAYS, "I DO NOT KNOW."
GOD WILL SAY, "TO HELL YOU GO!"
(OR "PLEASE STEP BELOW.")

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER MY MOTHER AND SISTER SAYING THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I WAS HERE, YOU WERE NOT.
NOW YOU ARE HERE, AND I AM NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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LATIN IS A DEAD LANGUAGE,
AS DEAD AS DEAD CAN BE.
IT KILLED ALL THE ROMANS,
AND NOW IT'S KILLING ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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LOVE IS BLIND,
AND LOVERS CANNOT SEE,
THEN WHY IN THE DICKEN'S (SIC)
DON'T SOME-ONE LOVE ME?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
SHE PUT IT ON A SHELF,
EVERY TIME IT WAGGED ITS TAIL,
IT SPANKED ITS LITTLE SELF.

Submitter comment: ALL ERRORS RETAINED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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OLD SISTERS NEVER DIE,
THE(Y) JUST COME TO ST. RITA HIGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO KEEP MY FRIENDS,
IS MY DELIGHT.
SO IN THIS BOOK,
I PRAY YOU'LL WRITE.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; NEKOMA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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PLEASE RETURN THIS TO MY SHELF,
I LIKE IT VERY MUCH MYSELF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUCK ON A PICKLE,
I HOPE YOU TURN BLUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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