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I SO TIRED,
I SO WEARY,
PICK I UP
AND KISS I DEARIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; FUNCTION ; MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: FEMININE, ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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FISHY, FISHY, IN THE BROOK,
DADDY CAUGHT YOU ON THE HOOK.
MOMMY FRY YOU IN A PAN,
BABY EAT YOU LIKE A MAN.

Submitter comment: SAID TO HIS CHILDREN ON FRIDAYS.

Data entry tech comment: CATHOLIC CUSTOM TO EAT FISH ON FRIDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METER: IAMBIC ; QUATRAIN SIMILE ; REFRAIN, BABY TALK ; RHYME: AABB ; RHYME: MASCULINE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LITTLE FLY UPON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO HOME AT ALL.
HIM AIN'T GOT NO MAMA TO COMB HIS HAIR,
HIM DON'T CARE!
HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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POOR LITTLE FLY, SITTING ON THE WALL,
HIM AIN'T GOT NO FRIENDS AT ALL,
HIM GOT NO MOMMA TO COMB HIS HAIR.
HIM DON'T CARE, HIM GOT NO HAIR.

Submitter comment: VERSES WERE RECITED WITH A SAD TONE IN THE VOICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY-TALK

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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TOUGH, ROUGH AND HARD TI DIAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CONTRADICTION ; TAUNT?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,

HIS FOOT WAS BLACK WITH SOOT,

AND EVERYWHERE THE LAMB WOULD GO,

HIS SOOTY FOOTIE PUT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK BY MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR,
ON 12241954.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY TALK. ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 12-24-1954

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE A TOT,
SEND ME A LETTER FOR A PE-PE POT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: PE-PE POT FOR CHILD'S TOILET BABY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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FRIENDS

LAUGH, THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU,
WEEP, AND YOU WEEP ALONE.
BE GLAD, AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE MANY,
BE SAD, AND YOU LOSE THEM ALL.

Where learned: ALMANAC

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; NOBODY LIKES A CRYBABY! ; OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY,
DROP A WHITE WASH IN MY EYE,
ME NO WORRY,
ME NO CRY,
ME JUST HAPPY COWS DON'T FLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BABY TALK ; EUPHEMISM: WHITEWASH FOR BIRD DUNG ; RHYME: AABAA ; SUGGESTION COW DUNG

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

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VERSE WITHIUT MUSIC

KINDERGARTEN BABY,/ WASH YOUR FACE ON GRAVY.
THEY ARE SULKING OR ACTING LIKE A BABY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID TO SOMEONE WHEN YOU ARE SCORNING THEM BECAUSE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; FUNCTION ; IMPERFECT RHYME: BABY/ GRAVY ; REBUKE ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 12-06-1965

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EENSY WEENSY SPIDER

THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER/ WENT UP THE WATER SPOUT/ DOWN CAME THE RAIN
AND WASHED THE SPIDER OUT./ OUT CAME THE SUN/ AND DRIED UP ALL THE
RAIN/ AND THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER/ WENT UP THE SPOUT AGAIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MONOLOGUE BABY TALK ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 09-27-1968

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A POEM TO ME MUDDER

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WHEN MY PRAYERS WERE POORLY SAID
WHO TUCKED ME IN MY WIDDLE BED?
AND SPANKED ME TILL ME ASS WAS RED,
ME MUDDER.
WHO TOOK ME FROM MY COZY COT,
WHO PUT ME ON THE ICE COLD POT,
AND MADE ME PEE IF I COULD NOT?
ME MUDDER.
AND WHEN THE MORNING LIGHT WOULD COME,
AND IN ME CRIB ME DRIBBLE SOME,
WHO WIPED ME TIDY WIDDLE BUM?
ME MUDDER.
WHO WOULD ME HAIR SO NEATLY PART,
AND HUG ME GENTLY TO HER HEART,
SOMETIMES SQUEEZE ME TILL ME FART?
ME MUDDER.
WHO LOOKED AT ME WITH EYEBROW KNIT,
NEARLY HAD A KING SIZE FIT,
WHEN IN ME SUNDAY PANTS ME SHIT?
ME MUDDER.
WHEN AT NIGHT THE BED WOULD SQUEEK,
ME RAISED ME HEAD TO HAVE A PEEK,
WHO YELLED AT ME TO GO TO SLEEP?
ME FADDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): BABY TALK ; SCATOLOGY ; SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533

Date learned: CA00001977

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
HIS FOOT WAS BLACK WITH SOOT,
AND EVERYWHERE THE LAMB WOULD GO,
HIS SOOTY FOOTIE PUT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK BY MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR,
ON 12241954.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY TALK. ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 12-24-1954

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE A TOT,
SEND ME A LETTER FOR A PE-PE POT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BABY ; EUPHEMISM: PE-PE POT FOR CHILD'S TOILET

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

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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PASTIME

WHENEVER DANDELIONS WERE IN SEASON, THE CHILDREN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
WOULD PINCH UNDER THE TOP OF THE FLOWER, CAUSING IT TO BREAK OFF THE
STEM. THE FLOWER WOULD THEN FLY THROUGH THE AIR. AT THE SAME
TIME, THE FOLLOWING WAS CHANTED: MM
MAMA HAD A BABY
AND ITS HEAD POPPED OFF.

Submitter comment: THE COLLECTOR FIRST HEARD OF THIS DANDELION PASTIME AS A CHILD IN
TAYLOR, MICH. IN 1970 AND CONTINUED PLAYING IT UPON MOVING TO
SOUTHGATE, MICH. AN ANALOGY IS MADE BETWEEN A MOTHER'S BABY AND
A DANDELION FLOWER. WHEN PLAYED AS DESCRIBED, NO COMPETITION IS
INVOLVED. HOWEVER, WITH TWO OR MORE CHILDREN, THE ELEMENT OF
DISTANCE IS PRESENT AND THE WINNER IS THE ONE WHO POPS THE FLOWER
THE FARTHEST. THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE BEHEADING OF A FLOWER AS
IT RELATES AS A SYMBOL OF A BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; USA ; SOUTHGATE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEHEADING OF FLOWER (BABY)

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

NOVEMBER 10, 1937
WHEN YOU GET MARRIED,
DON'T MARRY A FOOL.
MARRY A BOY
FROM CARY SCHOOL. MM
2 DAY
+2 MORROW
4 GET ME NOT
GERALDINE RITCHIE MM
DECEMBER 8, 1937
IF I WAS A LITTLE RABBIT
AND HAD A TAIL OF FLUFF,
I WOULD SIT ON YOUR DRESSER
AND BE YOUR POWDER PUFF.
ELEANOR FODOR MM
DECEMBER 12, 1937
YOU MAY LIVE IN ITALY.
YOU MAY LIVE IN SPAIN.
BUT THE WAY I LOVE YOU BABY,
WOULD MAKE A BULLDOG BREAK ITS CHAIN.
YOURS TIL BUTTER FLIES.
GEORGIA CASH MM
FEBRUARY 7, 1938
WHEN YOU GET MARRIED
AND HAVE TWINS,
DON'T SEND TO ME
FOR SAFETY PINS.
SYLVIA GAZDAG MM
FEBRUARY 14, 1938
YOU MAY BE FRENCH OR GERMAN,
BUT MARRY A BOY NAMED HERMAN.
CAROLYN

Submitter comment: THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT
WHILE A PUPIL AT HUGH CARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 6501 SOUTH
STREET, DETROIT, MICHIGAN. THE INFORMANT ATTENDED CARY
SCHOOL FROM 1931-1940 (KINDERGARTEN-EIGHTH GRADE) AND
ESTIMATES THE ETHNIC MAKE-UP AS 50% ARMENIAN, 20% HUNGARIAN,
20% ITALIAN, AND 10% OTHER (LESS THAN 1% BLACK).
"STEP-INS" ARE PANTIES. "TOYS", ACCORDING TO THE
INFORMANT, MEANS "I AM FOND OF YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG: BABY FOR SWEETHEART

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Matrimony
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Tender sentiment
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
Z210

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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A TRADITIONAL GIFT GIVEN FOR GOOD LUCK TO A NEW BORN
"BAIRN" WAS FRUIT OR COAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY GIFT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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Custom

Method for pulling out baby teeth: tie string around tooth and other end around door and close door.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BABY ; CUSTOM ; DENTISTRY ; Door ; Removal ; String ; TEETH ; Tooth

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN DOESN'T EAT A PIECE OF CHALK, HER BABIES
TEETH WILL COME IN ROTTEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BABY'S ; PICA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A LATIN AMERICAN PROVERB:

(TO) HE WHO DOESN'T CRY, WILL NOT SUCKLE.

Submitter comment: {TRANSLATION} EL QUE NO LLORA, NO MAMA.
LITERALLY, THE EXPRESSION TRANSLATES (TO)...FIGURATIVELY,
ONE MUST EXPRESS HIS VIEWS TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-00-1964

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