RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for C860.740 returned 60 results.

prev | items
| next

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

View just this record

BAD LUCK

STEP ON A CRACK
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A POPULAR BELIEF WHEN MY MOTHER WAS
LITTLE IN ST. CLAIR SHORES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1967

View just this record

STEP ON A CRACK
AND YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM SCHOOL FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

View just this record

DON'T WALK ON A CRACK
OR YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

View just this record

BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A LINE, YOU BREAK YOUR FATHER'S SPINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

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

Date learned: 00001960S

View just this record

BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

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

Date learned: 00001960S

View just this record

BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

View just this record

MEANS OF CAUSING ILLNESS

OH IT'S CHERRY JUICE AND LEAVES,
THAT GIVE YOU THE DRY HEAVES,
IN THE HALLS, IN THE HALLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit

Date learned: 11-00-1973

View just this record

SUPERSTITION

STEP ON A CRACK & YOU WILL BREAK YOUR BACK.

Submitter comment: SAID AS A KID GOING TO SCHOOL NO ORIGIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

View just this record

LUCK

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOU WILL CAUSE YOUR MOTHER TO BREAK HER BACK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CA11001973

View just this record

STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING WAS SAID WHILE WALKING DOWN A SIDEWALK, MOSTLY WHILE
WALKING TO SCHOOL. BACK THEN AND EVEN NOW IT IS CONSIDERED BAD
LUCK TO STEP ON A CRACK IN THE CEMENT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001960S EARLY

View just this record

"STEP ON A CRACK,
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK."

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-10-1972

View just this record

EARLY TO BED AND EARLY TO RISE MAKES YOU HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND WISE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER IN THE YEAR 1920

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 09-25-1972

View just this record

STEP ON A LINE, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S SPINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-07-1972

View just this record

GAME

PLAYED BY TWO OR MORE CHILDREN. THEY CAN NOT STEP ON A CRACK IN THE
SIDEWALK. AS THEY WALK THEY SAY JUST DON'T STEP ON A CRACK, YOU WILL
BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 06-19-1972

View just this record

CHILDREN'S BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-22-1972

View just this record

SIDEWALK GAME

STEP ON A CRACK YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

View just this record

Belief: Children's Song

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

Submitter comment:

IS AN OLD CHILDHOOD SAYING THAT THIS INFORMANT REMINDED ME OF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; GAME ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport S555.500

Date learned: 03-30-1968

View just this record

WHILE CHILDREN WALK TO SCHOOL, THEY PASS THE TIME BY WATCHING WHERE
THEY WALK. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WALK ON LINES OR CRACKS IN THE
SIDEWALK AND AS THEY DO THIS THEY HAVE SAYINGS SUCH AS,
"STEP ON A CRACK, BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK" AND
"STEP ON A LINE, BREAK YOUR FATHER'S SPINE".

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PASTIME FOR CHILDREN AS THEY WALK TO SCHOOL THAT
MY SISTERS USED TO DO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

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

Date learned: CA00001963

View just this record

SUPERSTITION OF SMALL CHILDREN

GOD KISS, THE DEVIL MISS.

Submitter comment: AN OLD SAYING, KISSING THE DIRTY CANDY THAT FELL ON THE GROUND UP TO
GOD. IT IS BELIEVE THAT THE GERMS ON THE CANDY WILL BE KILLED.
THIS SUPERSTITION CAME ABOUT IN THE 1960'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-11-1977

View just this record

prev | items
| next

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.