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

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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DIME

STEP ON A LINE, FIND A DIME.
AS A CHILD INFORMANT SAID "STEP ON A LINE FIND A DIME"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

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

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPERFECT THYME: UP - LUCK ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.15

Date learned: 11-1-1972

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MY MOTHER IS SOMEWHAT SUPERSTITIOUS, AND SHE SAYS THIS WHENEVER SHE
FINDS A PENNY.
"PENNY, PENNY, BRING ME LUCK,
I'M THE FIRST TO PICK YOU UP."

Where learned: Massachusetts

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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

Submitter comment: MRS. DEVEREUX LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

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

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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SUPERSTITION VERSE

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

Submitter comment: THIS IS A VERSE COMMON IN THE OSWALD FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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SEE A PIN, PICK IT UP,
AND FOR THE REST OF THE DAY
YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-11-1969

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LIE,
YOU'LL WISH YOU NEVER PASSED IT BY.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP,
ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PIN AND LET IT LIE,
BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW TILL YOU DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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IF YOU FIND A PENNY AND PICK IT UP
ALL DAY LONG YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

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

Date learned: 10-20-1969

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RHYME BELIEF

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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SING BEFORE YOU EAT, CRY BEFORE YOU SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-27-1970

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LUCK

MONEY ON THE WOOD MAKES THE BETTING GO GOOD.

Submitter comment: HE ACTUALLY BELIEVES THIS AND USES THIS SAYING WHEN HE IS
GAMBLING.

Where learned: SOUTH

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

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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GOOD LUCK

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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PREDICTION

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

Where learned: VERMONT ; VERGENNES

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

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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LUCKY PENNY

SEE A PENNY, PICK IT UP,
ALL THAT DAY YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
SEE A PENNY, LET IT LAY,
BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW YOU ALL THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER REMEMBERS THIS GOOD LUCK OMEN FROM HER CHILDHOOD;
IT WAS TOLD TO ME ONE DAY WHEN I SPOTTED AN UNSEEN PENNY ON
THE SIDEWALK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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GOOD LUCK PENNY

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001967 SUMMER

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

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE MOTTO OF THIS WOMAN'S SISTER, A SEAMSTRESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

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

Date learned: 02-10-1968

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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