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BEDTIME VERSE

SLEEP TIGHT AND DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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DROPPING CANDY

WHEN A KID DROPS SOME CANDY OR FOOD ON THE FLOOR OR GROUND, BY
STUMPING HIS LEFT FOOT AND SAYING ALOUD, "GOD KISS IT,"
THE CANDY OR FOOD CAN BE EATEN WITHOUT FEAR OF DIRT OR GERMS MAKING
THEM ILL.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THE SAME BELIEF IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (EXCLUDING THE
PART ABOUT STAMPING ONE'S FOOT); I HAVE ALSO RECENTLY HEARD
THIS BELIEF IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

James Callow Keyword(s): DISINFECT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME FOR? I DIDN'T COME TO STAY. I ONLY CAME
TO TELL YOU THIS IS EASTER DAY."

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GREETING BY THE CHURCH DEACON TO THE CONGREGATION AT
EASTER MASS.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RITUAL SPEECH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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TONGUETWISTER

A SKUNK SAT ON A STUMP.
THE SKUNK THUNK THE STUMP STUNK,
THE STUMP THUNK THE SKUNK STUNK.

Submitter comment: I SURE CANT SAY IT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

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

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TONGUETWISTER

ONE SMART FELLOW, HE FELT SMART;
TWO SMART FELLOWS, THEY FELT SMART;
THREE SMART FELLOWS, THEY ALL FELT SMART.

Submitter comment: BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

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

Date learned: CA06001975

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ON BURPING

BETTER BURP AND FEEL THE SHAME
THAN HOLD IT IN AND FEEL THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: RECITED WHEN A PERSON BURPS.

Where learned: NOT ENTERED

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

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DOWN THE HATCH, PAST THE LUNGS,
WATCH OUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT KNOWS OF NO SPECIAL OCCASION WHEN THIS IS USED.
IT IS JUST GENERALLY RECITED WHEN ONE HAS A DRINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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LYRICAL VERSE

THROUGH THE TEETH AND PAST THE GUNS;
LOOK OUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Submitter comment: AT PARTIES WHEN DRINKING.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT ENTERED

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ENTERTAINMENT TOAST (IRISH)

MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU,RE DEAD.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; INFORMANT HEARD FROM MOTHER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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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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RHYME

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES,/ BUT WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME.

Submitter comment: SAID THIS DURING GRADE SCHOOL DAYS.

Where learned: GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; RHYME: AABC

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

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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SPECTACLES

FOUR EYES, DOUBLE CHIN,/ ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MONKEY GRIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUPLET FUNCTION NONSENSE ; GLASSES INSULT ; RHYME: AA

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

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OLD SAYING

MY MOTHER SAYS I AM SIX: AND MY DADDY SAYS I AM SEVEN.
IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER BECAUSE I AM GOING TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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GIVE ME FIVE

GIVE ME FIVE,
YOU HOLD YOUR HAND OUT.
ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE,
YOU TURN HAND OVER.
IN THE HOLE,
YOU MAKE A CIRCLE WITH YOUR THUMB AND RIGHT INDEX FINGER.
YOU GOT SOUL.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GESTURE AMONG THE YOUNG BLACK CHILDREN OF THIS DAY AND
TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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SPEECH BELIEF OR FORMULA SPEECH

A SLIP OF THE LIP CAN SINK A SHIP

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING IS USED, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN A PERSON IS KEEPING A SECRET
FROM SOMEONE ABOUT A SURPRISE OR GIFT. A ONE WORD SLIP-UP ABOUT IT
MIGHT CAUSE THE PERSON TO LEARN THE SURPRISE WHICH WOULD RESULT IN
NO SURPRISE AT ALL. AT THIS DATE 12-12-77 I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO
KEEP TWO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS A SECRET. I TALK TO MY MOM ABOUT
MY BOYFRIEND'S GIFT AND MY MOM'S GIFT TO MY BOYFRIEND. I CERTAINLY
WOULD NOT WANT TO MIX THEM UP RESULTING IN BOTH PEOPLE KNOWING WHAT
THEY ARE RECEIVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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TAUNT

I SEE PARIS, I SEE FRANCE
I SEE (NAME'S) UNDERPANTS
ARE THEY RED, ARE THEY PINK?
I DON'T KNOW BUT THEY SURE DO STINK

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA. SHE ADMITS SHE
PROBABLY SAID IT ALTHOUGH HER PARENTS DIDN'T WANT HER TO. NOW SHE
THINKS IT IS CRUDE.
COLORS
COUNTRIES
OLFACTORY
REPETITION
INITIAL ITERATION: I SEE

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

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

Date learned: CA00001966

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TAUNT

(GIRL'S NAME) AND (BOY'S NAME) SITTIN' IN A TREE
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES (GIRL'S NAME) PUSHIN' A BABY CARRIAGE

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD. IT WAS USED TO TEASE THOSE WHO HAD REAL
OR SUPPOSED BOYFRIENDS OR GIRLFRIENDS. OFTEN IF A GIRL OR BOY HAD A
CLOSE FRIEND OF THE OPPOSITE SEX, TAUNTS SUCH AS THIS COULD HURT THE
RELATIONSHIP.
FEMININE RHYMES: MARRIAGE, CARRIAGE
RHYME: AABB

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.342
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.345
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

Date learned: CA00001966

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE
YOUR NOSE IS AS LONG AS A TELEPHONE WIRE

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD, PERHAPS FROM MY FATHER OR OLDER BROTHERS
AND SISTERS. IT BECAME AN EFFECTIVE RETORT WHEN YOU WERE SO MAD YOU
COULDN'T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY. IT REMINDED ME OF THE PUPPET
PINOCCHIO WHOSE NOSE GREW LONGER WITH EACH LIE HE TOLD.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: AA

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

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

Date learned: CA00001966

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE
HANGING FROM A TELEPHONE WIRE

Submitter comment: SUSIE IS NOT SURE WHO SHE FIRST HEARD THIS FROM BUT THINKS IT WAS
PROBABLY ONE OF HER BROTHERS OR SISTERS.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: AA

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

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

Date learned: CA00001963

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE
HANGING FROM A BULL'S TAIL
WHEN THE BULL BEGINS TO PEE
YOU WILL GET YOUR CUP OF TEA

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: ABCC
INTERNAL RHYME
URINE AS DRINK

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product

Date learned: CA00001966

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