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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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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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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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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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