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VERSE

YOUR HEART IS NOT A PLAYGROUND,
YOUR HEART IS NOT A TOY,
BUT IF YOU WANT IT BROKEN,
JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.
WANT IT BROKEN, JUST GIVE IT TO A BOY.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE WAS TAKEN FROM AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK BELONGING TO THE
INFORMANT,
WHO IS MY MOTHER. THIS SAME VERSE WAS FOUND THREE TIMES IN THE
BOOK, SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN A POPULAR VERSE WITH THE EIGHTH GRADE
AT NICHOLS SCHOOL IN DETROIT, JUNE 1944.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE MARRIED AND ARE DOING THE DISHES, THINK OF ME AND
MY GOOD WISHES.

Submitter comment: "VIRGINIA VERBEKE" IS THE NAME SIGNED UNDER THIS ENTRY IN THE
INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE RHYME: ABCB

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

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

I THOUGHT AND THOUGHT, I THOUGHT IN VAIN,
BUT ALL I COULD THINK OF WAS TO SIGN MY NAME.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF COLETTE'S BY A
SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; ITERATION ; RHYME: AA ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IT TICKLES ME/ IT MAKES ME LAUGH/ TO THINK YOU WANT/ MY AUTOGRAPH

Data entry tech comment: LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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LOOK NOT (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

LOOK NOT FOR THE BEAUTY/ NOR WHITENESS OF THE SKIN.
BUT LOOK FOR THE HEART/ THAT IS LOYAL WITHIN.

FOR BEAUTY MAY FADE/ AND SKIN GROW OLD,
BUT THE HEART THAT IS LOYAL,/ WILL NEVER GROW OLD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE QUATRAIN ; METONYMY ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

YOUR LIFE LIES BEFORE YOU,/ LIKE A BANK OF SNOW,/ BE CAREFUL HOW YOU
TREAD IT,/ FOR EVERY STEP WILL SHOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB ; SIMILE FROM NATURE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Exhortatory or homiletic, "to be a good girl"

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AUTOGRAPH_ RHYME (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

UPON A HILL/ CARVED IN A ROCK/ THREE LITTLE WORDS/ FORGET ME NOT.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN INFORMANT'S EIGHTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK ON OCTOBER 25,1934
IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME: ROCK/NOT ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Forget me not

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GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

OF ALL THE GIFTS I'VE GIVEN MYSELF,/ MOST COMFORTING, TRIED AND TRUE.
THE ONE I OFTENEST THINK ABOUT,/ IS THE GIFT TO MYSELF OF YOU.

Submitter comment: A CLASSMATE HAD WRITTEN THIS IN INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Data entry tech comment: COMMA ADDED IN THE PLACE OF A PERIOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Friendship

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ORANGES GROW IN FLORIDA,/ CALIFORNIA TOO,/ BUT IT TAKES A STATE LIKE
MICHIGAN/ TO GROW A PEACH LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF YVONNE BY A CLASSMATE
IN 1958.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S LINE DIVISION ALTERED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMPLIMENT PRAISE ; FRUIT FRIENDSHIP ; METAPHOR ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER THE PIGEON,/ REMEMBER THE DOVE,/ REMEMBER THE NIGHT/ WE FELL
IN LOVE. ROSEMARY MOSTER

Submitter comment: RECOPIED FROM AN OLDER AUTOGRAPH BOOK DATING AROUND 1850. THE
SELECTIONS FROM THE OLDER BOOK WERE COLLECTED IN INDIANA.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: INDIANA ; BROOKVILLE

Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; LOVE BIRDS REPETITION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

I'M THE GIRL OF THE CITY,/THE GIRL OF THE TOWN,
I'M THE GIRL WHO SPOILED YOUR BOOK,/ BY WRITING UPSIDE DOWN.

Submitter comment: THE ABOVE IS WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN IN AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Reading or writing backwards, upside down

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER ME/ REMEMBER YOU,/ REMEMBER THE DAY/ I FOUND YOU AT THE ZOO.

Submitter comment: FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; INITIAL ITERATION ; REPETITION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

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UNDERTAKER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE
MY FATHER IS AN UNDERTAKER/ AND HE'LL GET YOU.

Where learned: SCRAPBOOK

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PLANTS FLOWERS ; QUATRAIN DEATH ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED,/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE/ WHEN I TAKE A SHOWER/ I THINK
OF YOU. DRIP, DRIP, DRIP SUSAN ADAMS

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; HOLY NAME GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSULT SLANG ; PARODY ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCBD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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SCRIBBLING (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

IF SCRIBBLING IN AUTOGRAPHS/ REMEMBRANCE ASSURES,
WITH THE GREATEST OF PLEASURE/ I'LL SCRIBBLE IN YOURS.

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM INFORMANT'S EIGHTH GRADE AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUATRAIN FRIENDSHIP ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Scribbling

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THEY SAY THAT LOVE IS SIN/ I NEVER ASKED THEM WHY
BUT IF I SIN BY LOVING YOU/ I'LL SIN UNTIL I DIE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUATRAIN LOVE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Tender sentiment

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TULIPS (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TULIPS IN THE GARDEN/ TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TULIPS I LIKE BEST/ ARE THE TWO-LIPS IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment: UNTITLED AUTOGRAPH BOOK ASSEMBLED BY SHIRLEY POPPERT WITH
ENTRIES DATED JUNE, 1952

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION ; PUN ; QUATRAIN FLOWERS KISSING ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

DOESN'T IT GET YOUR NANNY,

DOESN'T IT GET YOUR GOAT,

WHEN YOU'RE IN THE BATHTUB,

AND CAN'T FIND THE SOAP.

Submitter comment:

FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTUGRAPH BOOK, 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BATHTUB VERSE ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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WISECRACKS, GAGS, SILLY STORIES, INSULTS (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

ASHES TO ASHES,/ DUST TO DUST,/ IF BOYS DON'T GET YOU,/HALFWITS
MUST.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTUGRAPH BOOK 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): DEATH ; ITERATION ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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