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IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUSH ON THE THROTTLE,
DON'T PULL (DRINK) ON THE BOTTLE.

Submitter comment: A WARNING!

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE CAR ; DRINKING DRUNKENNESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
Food Drink -- N447

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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PROVERB

A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED, BUT A FRIEND WHO SENDS A
LETTER IS BETTER.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; PLACENTIA

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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ABOUT STUDYING

IF YOU STUDY LONG
YOU MIGHT STUDY WRONG.

Submitter comment: SHE USED A PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH IN EXPLAINING THIS ITEM.
THE INFORMANT SEEMS TO REMEMBER THIS ITEM FROM HER EARLY ADOLESCENT
YEARS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD, WHERE SHE LIVED FOR 16 YEARS. SHE
WAS CUNNING IN THE WAY SHE TOLD THIS ITEM. HER ASSOCIATES IN THE
ROOM MAY HAVE PROMOTED THIS ACTION.
THIS OLD SAYING WAS TOLD TO HER FROM PEOPLE SHE KNEW IN SCHOOL

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

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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CLIMBING

WHEN CLIMBING THE LADDER TO SUCCESS,/ DON'T LET THE BOYS LOOK
UNDER YOUR DRESS.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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PROVERB IN VERSE

A LITTLE NONSENSE NOW AND THEN
IS RELISHED BY THE WISEST MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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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. ALL THE DAY YOU'LL HAVE TO CRY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF MY OLD SAYINGS.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.18
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.18

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS WORK ETHIC

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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FREE ADVICE IS WORTH THE PRICE

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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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

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PROVERB IN VERSE

MAKE NEW FRIENDS BUT KEEP THE OLD, ONE IS SILVER AND THE
OTHER GOLD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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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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FRIENDSHIP PROVERB

THERE E BIG SHIPS AND THERE ARE LITTLE SHIPS, BUT THE BEST SHIPS AR
ARE FRIENDSHIPS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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POLISH PROVERB

AN ACHING FINGER AND A HEADACHE ARE TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR
MISSING SCHOOL.
PALUSZEK I GLOWKA TO SZKOLNA WYMOWKA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (POLISH)

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSENTEEISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

APPLE PIE WITHOUT THE CHEESE
IS LIKE A KISS WITHOUT A SQUEEZE!

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM AN ASHTRAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; DEFINITION ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; GO-TOGETHERS MATES ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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DEVIL'S NECESSITY

ASHES TO ASHES
DUST TO DUST
IF THE LORD WON'T TAKE YOU
THE DEVIL MUST

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COULD REMEMBER HEARING THIS ITEM IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): BURIAL ; INITIAL REPETITION ; PARODY ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

ROGGENBROT MACHT WAGEN ROT. (GERMAN)
DARK BREAD MAKES YOUR CHEEKS RED. (TRANSLATION)

Submitter comment: GERMAN PEASANTS PREFER DARK BREAD. INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS A VERY
OLD PEASANT SAYING THAT SHE HAS SEEN IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY, PAINTED
ON A BOARD AND HUNG ON THE WALLS OF FARMHOUSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; FOOD

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

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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SPRING CHILLS

DON'T CAST YOUR FLOUT TILL MAY IS OOT.

Submitter comment: THIS PROVERB WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT FROM HER MOTHER, MRS.
HARRIET MALLINSON IN HER HOME IN GARY, INDIANA. (CIRCA 1925) HER
MOTHER IN TURN LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER, A MRS. SCOT, AS A CHILD
IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. CK[ ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION
FLOUT=CLOD PLANTING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBIAL VERSE

DO NOTHING, KNOW NOTHING
NIENTE SE TA,
NIENTE SE SA.

Data entry tech comment: ITALIAN PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; PARALLELISM

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

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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PROVERB

DON'T TELL ANYONE WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR HOUSE. (TRANSLATION)

Data entry tech comment: POLISH ORIGINAL ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERB

DON'T TELL AT HOME, FOOL, WHAT HAPPENED IN SCHOOL. (TRANSLATION)

Data entry tech comment: POLISH ORIGINAL ON 5X8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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