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Crow on a fence,
Rain will go hence.
Crow on the ground,
Rain will come down.

Submitter comment: My ex-mother-in-law lived on a farm. She saw a crow in the
barnyard and repeated this poem to me.

James Callow comment: Puckett, Ohio, no. 34342: "Crow on the ground, / Rain will
come down." -- Slovenian, 1959.

Puckett, Ohio, no. 34858: "Crow on the fence, / Rain will
go hence." -- German, 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MOUNT PLEASANT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS SOMEONE IS GOING TO MAKE YOU MAD.
IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS SOMEONE IS GOING TO MAKE YOU GLAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

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Belief

Anything that I dropped on the floor or the ground, I would
kiss it up to God. By doing this, I felt that nothing would harm
me. I had a special saying that I used to ease the pain of
dropping something good out of my hand, "God made dirt, dirt don't
hurt. Put it in your mouth and it will work."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Gods
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 06-00-1974

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WHEN YOUR NOSE ITCHES SOMEONE IS GOING TO COME SEE YOU
WITH A HOLE IN THEIR BRITCHES.

Where learned: GILLETTE HALL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 06-29-1970

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IF THE BRIDE WEARS BLACK, YOU WISH YOU WERE BACK.
IF THE BRIDE WEARS BLUE, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE TRUE.
IF THE BRIDE WEARS WHITE, YOU CHOOSE RIGHT.
IF THE BRIDE WEARS GREEN, YOU'RE ASHAMED TO BE SEEN.
IF THE BRIDE WEARS PINK, YOU STINK.
IF THE BRIDE WEARS BROWN, YOU WILL LIVE OUT OF TOWN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, YOU'LL BE MADE GLAD AND
IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS, YOU'LL BE MADE SAD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): TIC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

Date learned: 06-30-1972

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RED CLOUDS AT NIGHT MEANS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT,
RED CLOUDS IN THE MORNING, MEANS A SAILOR'S WARNING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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SEE A PENNY, PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Measure of quality
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THAT DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP; ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN, LET IT LAY, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL THE DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP, AND ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK ALL DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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CUT FINGERNAILS ON FRIDAY,
CUT THEM FOR SORROW,
CUT THEM ON SATURDAY,
SWEETHEART TOMORROW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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BAD LUCK RHYME

DON'T STEP ON A CRACK,
OR YOU'LL BREAK YOUR GRANDMA'S BACK.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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FIND A PENNY, PICK IT UP,
FOR THE REST OF THE DAY, YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck Money

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOLK RHYME

BLUE-EYED BEAUTY, DO YOUR MOTHER'S DUTY;
BLACK-EYED PICK-A-PIE, TURN AROUND AND TELL A LIE;
GREEN-EYED GREEDY-GUT, TURN AROUND AND EAT THE WORLD UP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief

Date learned: 05-07-1972

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RHYME FOR FORECASTING FUTURE

SNEEZE ON MONDAY FOR HEALTH,
TUESDAY FOR WEALTH,
WEDNESDAY THE BEST DAY OF ALL;
THURSDAY FOR LOSSES
FRIDAY FOR CROSSES
SATURDAY FOR NO LUCK AT ALL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BELIEF RHYME

SNEEZE ON MONDAY, SNEEZE FOR NEWS;
SNEEZE ON TUESDAY, NEW PAIR OF SHOES;
SNEEZE ON WEDNESDAY, SNEEZE FOR DANGER;
SNEEZE ON THURSDAY, MEET A STRANGER;
SNEEZE ON FRIDAY, SNEEZE FOR SORROW;
SNEEZE ON SATURDAY, SEE YOUR SWEETHEART TOMORROW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief

Date learned: 05-09-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU SEE THE NEW MOON OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER, SAY,
"NEW MOON, TRUE MOON,
PRAY LET ME SEE
WHO MY HUSBAND IS TO BE.
THE COLOR OF HIS HAIR,
THE CLOTHES HE IS TO WEAR,
THE HAPPY DAY HE WEDS ME."
THE MAN YOU DREAM ABOUT THAT NIGHT IS YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief

Date learned: 05-09-1972

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BELIEF

IF THE FIRST OF JULY BE RAINY WEATHER,
'TWILL RAIN OFF AND ON FOR FOUR WEEKS TOGETHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief

Date learned: 03-09-1972

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