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FROM GHOULIES AND GHASTIES,
AND LING LEGGED BEASTIES,
AND ALL THINGS THAT GO THUMP IN THE NIGHT,
THE GOOD LORD PROTECT ME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS RHYME WHILE IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY PRAYER

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
WITH A BAG OF CANDY AT MY FEET.
IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
YOU KNOW I DIED OF A STOMACH ACHE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REST,
TOMORROW I TAKE MY FINAL TEST.
IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
THAT'S ONE LESS TEST I'LL HAVE TO TAKE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.537
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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GRACE BEFORE MEALS

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT, PUT IT ON THE
TABLE AND I'LL GET ALL I WANT.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING MY STAY IN DETROIT WITH PEOPLE WHO
LIVED THERE A LONG TIME.
THIS VERSE HAS A PARODY AIR ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT CONTRADICTS ITSELF.
I SAY THIS BECAUSE WHEN ONE SAYS PRAYERS ONE WOULD HOPEFULLY BE
EXPRESSING THEIR GRATEFULNESS FOR THE MEALS, AND NOT HAVE AN
SELFISH OR GREEDY AND ANXIOUS ATTITUDE ABOUT EATING THE MEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PSALM 23 PARODY

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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POLISH PRAYER

ZA TWE MAMO PRACE TROSKI BEDA PROSIE MATKI BOSKI BY CIE
OBDARZYLA ZDROWIEM JAK WOSNE VIECEJ POWIEM. TRANSLATION: FOR ALL
YOUR WORK AND WORRY, I BESEECH THE MOTHER OF GOD TO GIFT YOU
WITH HEALTH AND WHEN I GROW UP I'LL TELL YOU MORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL SHIFT: GIFT AS VERB ; PIOUS GOOD WISHES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.643
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 21 equinox to June 20

Date learned: 11-07-1974

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BLESSING PARODY

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER/ AND OF THE SON/ AND OF THE HOLY GHOST/
WHOEVER EATS THE FASTEST/ GETS THE MOST

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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DINNER PRAYERS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT, GOOD GOD LET'S EAT
RUB A DUB DUB, THANKS FOR THE GRUB YEEEAAA GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MOCK GRACE

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

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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POLISH RHYME FOR NEW YEAR'S

NA SZCZESLIE NA ZDROLWIE NA TYN NOWY ROCZEK
ZE BY NAS PAN BO G ZACHOWAL OD TYCH CZERWONYCH MRO CZIEC
ZYCZE ZYCZE I NIE PREZSTANE
ZYCZYE DO PUKI CO DOSTANE
TRANSLATION: I WISH YOU HAPPINESS AND HEALTH FOR THIS NEW YEAR
THAT GOD SHOULD PROTECT US FROM RED ANTS.
I'M WISHING, WISHING, AND I WILL NOT STOP WISHING TILL I GET
SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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"NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, A DOLLAR DOWN AND A DOLLAR A WEEK."

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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A CHILD'S GRACE

"GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS GOOD, LET US THANK HIM FOR OUR FOOD. BY HIS
HAND WE MUST BE FAIR, GIVE US LORD OUR DAILY BREAD. AMEN"

Submitter comment: MY FIRST GRACE

James Callow comment: SHOULD FAIR ACTUALLY BE FED FOR THE SAKE OF RHYME?
CN[ TYLER, LYNN 710712
C1[ 3038 TIOGA PARKWAY
C2[ BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21215
DNC[ 1,197
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

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

Date learned: 00001950S-00001960S

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GOOD BREAD, GOOD MEAT, LETS EAT.

Submitter comment: A MOCK PRAYER USUALLY SAID BY LITTLE CHILDREN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

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JESUS WEPT, MOSES CREPT, PETER FELL DOWN THE FRONT STEP.

Submitter comment: A SIMPLE SAYING USED AT TIMES AS A MOCK PRAYER, OR JUST SAID AT
TIMES TO BE FUNNY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

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

Date learned: 10-15-1972

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BEDTIME PRAYER

IN GOTT'S NAMEN, SCHLAFEN GINGEN,
VIERTEHN ENGEL MIT MIR GINGEN
ZWEI ZU KOPF, ZWEI ZU FUSSE,
ZWEI ZU MEINER RECHTE SEITE,
ZWEI ZU MEINER LINKE SEITE,
ZWEI ZU MICH DECKEN,
ZWEI ZU MICH WECKEN,
ZWEI ZU MICH WEISEN,
IN DIE HIMMLICH PARADIESEN.
GOING TO SLEEP IN GOD'S NAME,
WITH FOURTEEN ANGELS GOING WITH ME,
TWO AT MY HEAD, TWO AT MY FEET,
TWO AT MY RIGHT SIDE,
TWO AT MY LEFT SIDE,
TWO TO COVER ME,
TWO TO WAKE ME,
TWO TO SHOW ME INTO
THE HEAVENLY PARADISE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TELLS THAT THIS PRAYER HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN IN HER FAMILY
FROM MOTHER TO CHILD FOR MANY GENERATIONS.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION GERMAN

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

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST; THE ONE THAT EATS THE FASTEST GETS
THE MOST. THIS WOULD BE USED AT MEALS AFTER THE REGULAR GRACE HAD
BEEN SAID, COMPARABLE TO "DIG IN".

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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WISHING

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, FIRST STAR I SEE OUT TONIGHT. I WISH I
MAY, I WISH I MIGHT, GET THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER
I REMEMBER RECITING THIS VERSE, WHEN THE FIRST STAR WOULD COME OUT
AT NIGHT, IN HOPES THAT MY WISH WOULD COME TRUE.

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.455
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

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STAR BELIEF

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH, LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY.
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.
IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE, YOUR
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; GULLEY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CURSE

IT IS AN ITALIAN BELIEF THAT A CURSE CAN BE UNCONSCIOUSLY
WISHED UPON YOU. IF YOU GET THE CURSE, THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN RID
YOURSELF OF IT IS TO HAVE THREE PEOPLE TRY TO GET RID OF IT. THEY
GET RID OF IT BE RECITING A SPECIAL CHANT. THE WORDS TO THE CHANT
CAN ONLY BE LEARNED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO MY INFORMANT BY HER COUSIN IN ITALY. EVERYONE IN
HER FAMILY HAD HEARD OF THE CURSE, BUT NO ONE KNEW THE WORDS TO CURE
IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- Formula

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PRAYER

DEAR ST. PETER, DEAR ST. ANN
PLEASE SEND (GIRL'S NAME)
A HANDSOME MAN

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

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

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
AND COME BACK ANOTHER DAY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WISHING DITTY

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT,
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT;
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.

Submitter comment: MUST BE RECITED TO FIRST STAR SEEN FOR WISH TO COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 04-05-1967

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