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CHILDREN'S RIME

OND DARK NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY,
TWO DEAD BOYS WENT OUT TO PLAY.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE SHOT,
AND CAME AND GOT THEM TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS STORY THAT'S TRUE,
ASK ANY BLIND MAN, HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

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

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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TANGLETALK

ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
THE DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE;
CAME OUT AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS LIE IS TRUE,
ASK THE BLIND MAN WHO SAW IT TOO!

Submitter comment: I COLLECTED THIS FROM SOME TWELVE YEAR OLD BOYS WHO RACED THROUGH
IT IN A SING-SONG MANNER. IT SEEMED TO ME THAT WHOEVER COULD
FINISH RECITING FIRST TOOK PRIDE IN HIS SPEED, BUT NONE OF THE
BOYS WERE VERY CONCERNED WITH ACCURACY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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RUSSIAN TALE

A WOLF RAN OUT OF THE FOREST INTO THE VILLAGE BECAUSE
HUNTERS, WORKERS AND DOGS WERE AFTER HIM. THE WOLF CAME
TO A CAT ON A FENCE AND IMPLORED HER TO HELP HIM:
"VASIL, MY FRIEND, WHICH MAN FROM THIS VILLAGE IS GOOD
ENOUGH TO HIDE ME? YOU HEAR THE DOGS BARKING. THAT
HORRIBLE NOISE! THAT IS ALL ABOUT ME!"
THE CAT SAID, "RUN FAST TO TRAFEMA, A VERY GOOD MAN."
BUT THE WOLF ANSWERED, "I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I
ATE HIS SHEEP."
THEN THE CAT SAID, "THEN GO TO SIMON, A VERY GOOD MAN."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I KILLED HIS COLT."
"THEN GO TO IVAN, A VERY GOOD MAN."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I STOLE HIS GOAT."
"WELL MAYBE KLEM WILL HIDE YOU."
"I'M AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE I STOLE HIS PIGLET."
THEN THE CAT SAID, "I SEE YOU HAVE SALTED EVERYONE IN
THE VILLAGE. WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN YOU MUST NOW REAP.

Submitter comment: THE ORIGINAL WAS IN RHYME IN RUSSIAN.
IN THE TEXT, "SALTED" MEANS "AFFRONTED". "SALTING" REFERS
TO THE MEANS OF PRESERVING SLAUGHTERED GAME--THE MEAT
WAS SALTED. THE WOLF HAD SLAUGHTERED THE VILLAGERS'
ANIMALS, OR "SALTED" THEM. IT IS USED LOOSELY HERE--
HE SALTED THE PEOPLE, NOT THE ANIMALS.
ALSO, NOTE THAT THE LAST SENTENCE THE CAT SAYS IS REALLY
A QUOTE FROM THE BIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN TALE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.620
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR GUNS AND FOUGHT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS LIE IS TRUE
ASK THE BLIND MAN; HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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PETE AND REPEAT SITTING ON A FENCE,
PETE JUMPED OFF, WHO WAS LEFT?
REPEAT (THEN REPEAT THE VERSE).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; VERSE ROUND

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

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SOLOMON GRUNDY

SOLOMON GRUNDY
BORN ON MONDAY
GREW UP ON TUESDAY
GOT MARRIED ON WEDNESDAY
GOT SICK ON THURSDAY
GOT WORSE ON FRIDAY
DIED ON SATURDAY
WAS BURIED ON SUNDAY
AND THAT WAS THE END OF SOLOMON GRUNDY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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VERSE

MONDAY THE CATS DIED
TUESDAY MY IN-LAWS DIED
WEDNESDAY THE WAIF DIED
THURSDAY THE DEVIL DIED
FRIDAY WE LIGHT THE CANDLE
SATURDAY THE COLORED MAN DIED
SUNDAY THE MAN SWELLED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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(ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH ME)

ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH-ME-TIGHT, --FIRST PERSON
WENT OVER THE RIVER TO SEE A FIGHT,
ADAM AND EVE CAME BACK BEFORE NIGHT,
NOW WHO WAS LEFT TO SEE THE FIGHT?
PINCH-ME-TIGHT -- SECOND PERSON.

Submitter comment: WHEN THE SECOND PERSON RESPONDS "PINCH ME TIGHT" THE
FIRST PERSON PINCHES HIM SAYING YOU TOLD ME TO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROUND

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT,
AND SEVEN BANDITS SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE BRIGHT.
ONE BEGAN TO TELL A STORY AND IT BEGAN. . .
(REPEATED AD NAUSEUM)

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM IS TAKEN FROM THE INFORMANT'S EXPERIENCE AS A
BOY SCOUT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

ONE BRIGHT MORNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED ONE ANOTHER
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME TO ARREST THOSE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LEXINGTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

IT WAS MIDNIGHT ON THE OCEAN
NOT A STREETCAR WAS IN SIGHT.
THE SUN WAS SHINING BRIGHTLY
AND IT RAINED ALL DAY THAT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CAN'T REMEMBER THE REST OF IT. IF YOU KNOW
IT HE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO LEARN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED EACH OTHER
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
THE DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
CAME AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS TALE IS TRUE,
ASK THE BLINDMAN -- HE SAW IT TOO.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

IT WAS SUMMER'S DAY IN WINTER
THE SNOW WAS RAINING DOWN.
A BARE-FOOTED GIRL WITH CLOGS ON
STOOD SITTING ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: ONTARIO ; OAKVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

ONE BRIGHT MORNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED EACH OTHER,
DREW A SWORD AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME AND GOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS FROM MY COMPANIONS.

Where learned: OHIO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 00001950S

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT,
AND THE SUN SHOWN DOWN IN SPLENDOR.
TWO MEN STOOD FACE TO FACE WITH THEIR BACKS TOGETHER.
ONE DREW A REVOLVER FROM HIS BELT,
THE OTHER'S HEAD DID SEVER.
ALONG CAME A GAY YOUNG MISS,
SHE WAS OLD AND BENT WITH YEARS.
AND ON HER FACE SHE WORE A SMILE,
AND HER EYES WERE FILLED WITH TEARS.
SHE RECOGNIZED THE DYING MAN,
AND CRIED ALOUD, "WHO IS HE?"
HE RAISED HIS HEADLESS BODY UP
AND SAID, "MY GOD, IT'S LIZZIE!"

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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(TALE FILLED WITH CONTRADICTION)

ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT.
BACK TO BACK, THEY FACED EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR SWORD AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
CAME AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS TALE IS TRUE,
ASK THE BLIND MAN, HE SAW IT TOO.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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SOLOMON GRUNDY

SOLOMON GRUNDY
BORN ON MONDAY
GREW UP ON TUESDAY
GOT MARRIED ON WEDNESDAY
GOT SICK ON THURSDAY
GOT WORSE ON FRIDAY
DIED ON SATURDAY
WAS BURIED ON SUNDAY
AND THAT WAS THE END OF SOLOMON GRUNDY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 04-04-1970 ; 22-00-

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VERSE

MONDAY THE CATS DIED
TUESDAY MY IN-LAWS DIED
WEDNESDAY THE WAIF DIED
THURSDAY THE DEVIL DIED
FRIDAY WE LIGHT THE CANDLE
SATURDAY THE COLORED MAN DIED
SUNDAY THE MAN SWELLED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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(ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH ME)

ADAM AND EVE AND PINCH-ME-TIGHT, --FIRST PERSON
WENT OVER THE RIVER TO SEE A FIGHT,
ADAM AND EVE CAME BACK BEFORE NIGHT,
NOW WHO WAS LEFT TO SEE THE FIGHT?
PINCH-ME-TIGHT -- SECOND PERSON.

Submitter comment: WHEN THE SECOND PERSON RESPONDS "PINCH ME TIGHT" THE
FIRST PERSON PINCHES HIM SAYING YOU TOLD ME TO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ROUND

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT,
AND SEVEN BANDITS SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE BRIGHT.
ONE BEGAN TO TELL A STORY AND IT BEGAN. . .
(REPEATED AD NAUSEUM)

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM IS TAKEN FROM THE INFORMANT'S EXPERIENCE AS A
BOY SCOUT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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