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RED SKY BRINGS A SAILOR'S MOON.
BLACK SKY BRINGS A SAILOR'S DOOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT.
RDED SKY AT DAWN, SAILORS FOREWARN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM SAILING INSTRUCTOR IN GRUADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

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

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RED SKY AT NIGHT,
SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKY IN THE MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MY FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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RED NIGHT,
SHEPHERD'S DELIGHT,
FINE DAY TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: MRS. CAMPBELL IS AN ELDERLY SCOTCH WOMAN WHO IS A
FRIEND OF MY GRANDMOTHER'S. THE ABOVE IS A VERY
COMMON WEATHER PREDICTION IN SCOTLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTHVILLE

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

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RAINBOW TO WINDWARD,
FOUL FALLS THE DAY;
RAINBOW TO LEEWARD,
DAMP RUNS AWAY.

Where learned: HOME

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

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A RAINBOW AT NIGHT IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RAINBOW IN MORNING IS A SAILOR'S WARNING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN THE THUMB DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

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RAIN AT SEVEN
IT WILL END BY ELEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

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WEATHER PROVERB

AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY THE SHIRT WILL DRY ON THE FENCE.
PO SWIETEJ DOROCIE, WYSECHNIE KOSZULA NA PLOCIE. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS THAT WARMER WEATHER AND SPRING WILL SOON BE HERE. THE
FEAST OF ST. DOROTHY IS FEBRUARY FOURTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 4
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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WEATHER PROVERB

ARTHRITIC PAIN, SURE TO BRING RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Human condition and activities
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER SAYINGS

CLEAR MOON,
FROST SOON.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): RHYME ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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WEATHER RHYME

EVENING RED AND MORNING GRAY
WILL SPEED THE TRAVELER ON HIS WAY;
EVENING GRAY AND MORNING RED
WILL BRING THE RAIN UPON HIS HEAD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; OBSERVATION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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EVENING RED AND MORNING GREY

EVENING RED AND MORNING GREY ARE TOKENS FOR A BONNY DAY.
EVENING GREY AND MORNING RED THERE WILL BE RAIN UPON YOUR HEAD.

Keyword(s): COLOR ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; RHYME ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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WEATHER PROVERB

ABENDROT SCHON WETTERBOT.
TRANSLATION: THE EVENING SUN (IF CLEAR AND RED) INDICATES GOOD
WEATHER TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; RHYME ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION'S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION'S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): PREDICTION ; SYMBOL ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB IN VERSE

NA SW GRZEGORZA POJDZIE ZIMI DO MORZA (POLISH)
ON THE FEAST OF ST. GREGORY THE WINTER GOES TO THE SEA.

Data entry tech comment: ORIGINAL 5 X 8 CARD CONTAINS POLISH TEXT
TRANSLATED BY MRS K J UNIECHOWSKI

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 25
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PROVERB IN VERSE

PALE MOON DOTH RAIN
RED MOON DOTH BLOW
WHITE MOON DOTH NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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WEATHER FORECAST

PINK IN THE MORNING SAILORS' WARNING.
PINK AT NIGHT, THAT'S SAILORS' DELIGHT.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME AT A BOY SCOUT TRAINING SESSION
AT HOWELL SCOUT CAMP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Howell

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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IRISH PROVERB

PLOW DEEP WHILE THE SLUGGARDS SLEEP,
SHALL HAVE CORN TO SELL AND CORN TO KEEP.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ELLIPSIS ; INDUSTRIOUSNESS ; VEGETATION

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

Date learned: 04-15-1971

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Language

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY/ COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY/ LITTLE JOHNNIE WANTS
TO PLAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 01-13-2011

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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WEATHER PROVERB

ONION S SKIN VERY THIN
MILD WINTER COMING IN
ONION S SKIN THICK AND TOUGH
COMING WINTER COLD AND ROUGH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): WEATHER PROVERB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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