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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
THE DOCTOR WAS SURPRISED.
BUT WHEN OLD MAC DONALD HAD A FARM,
HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES.

Submitter comment: UNDETERMINED ORIGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BIRTH ; NURSERY RHYME ; PARODY ; PUN QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABAB

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

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I WISH YOU LUCK,
I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL
WHEN HER HAIR IS UP IN PINS
I WISH YOU THEN A PAIR OF TWINS.

Submitter comment: THE FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK,
1929 - 1933.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): BIRTH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
THE DOCTORS WERE SURPRISED.
BUT THEY WERE EVEN MORE SURPRISED,
WHEN MAC DONALD HAD A FARM.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; WILLIAMSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH CONNOTATION

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

Date learned: 06-00-1965

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A CHILD BORN WITH A "CZEPEK" (FILM ON INFANT'S HEAD)
IS ALWAYS LUCKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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IF YOU WERE BORN ON A FRIDAY, YOU WILL HAVE A LIFE
OF GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: GRANDMOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- NOT SURE
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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SUPERSTIYIOUS BELIEF

I HAVE A BIRTHMARK ON MY CHEEK.
WHICH MY MOTHER ATTRIBUTED TO HAVING EATEN STRAWBERRIES
BEFORE SHE KNEW SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): BIRTHMARKS ; CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; FOOD ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-29-1969

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BIRTH: TREATMENT OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS

FOR EVERY BABY YOU HAVE YOU WILL LOSE A TOOTH.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): CHILDBIRTH ; LOSS OF TEETH ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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YEARLY GROWTH

WHILE ATTENDING A COUSIN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, MY UNCLE JACK PLACED MY
COUSIN AGAINST THE DOOR JAM IN THE KITCHEN, TOOK OUT HIS KNIFE AND
NOTCHED MY COUSIN,S HEIGHT. LOOKING CLOSELY, I NOTICED THAT THE
HEIGHTS OF ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS (6) WERE NOTCHED ON THE MOULDING
PIECE. ALSO, THEY WERE MARKED WITH THE APPROPRIATE BIRTHDATE. THUS
A RECORD OF GROWTH AND FINAL HEIGHT COULD BE MEASURED AND SAVED. I
HAVE ALSO NOTICED THIS CUSTOM IN OTHER HOMES SINCE THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): DOOR JAMB HEIGHT BIRTHDAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

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GOOD LUCK: OBJECTS ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

BIRTH STONES ARE LUCKY. YOU HAVE A GOOD LUCK CHARM FOR THE MONTH YOU
WERE BORN IN ALSO, JULY IS A CAT'S EYE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BIRTHSTONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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PARODY OF A NURSERY RHYME

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB...THAT'S WHAT SHE GETS FOR SLEEPING IN THE
BARN.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BESTIALITY SODOMY BUGGERY ; BIRTH OF ANIMAL FROM HUMAN

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

Date learned: CA00001969

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLOCK WHO:
TOOK HIS EXPECTANT WIFE TO A GROCERY STORE BECAUSE
HE HEARD THEY GIVE FREE DELIVERIES?

Where learned: DETROIT ; REGINA HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH ; PUN ON DELIVERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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I WISH YOU LUCK,
I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL
WHEN HER HAIR IS UP IN PINS
I WISH YOU THEN A PAIR OF TWINS.

Submitter comment: THE FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK,
1929 - 1933.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): BIRTH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB.
THE DOCTOR WAS SURPRISED.
BUT WHEN OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM,
HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES,

Submitter comment: UNDETERMINED ORIGIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN BIRTH PUN

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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IRISH TOAST

HEALTH AND LONG LIFE TO YOU
LAND WITHOUT RENT TO YOU
A CHILD EVERY YEAR TO YOU
AND MAY YOU DIE IN IRELAND.

Submitter comment: ATTITUDE: TRUSTING

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): DRINKING BLESSING WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; IDEAL BIRTHDAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-15-1972

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IF YOU WOULD HAVE A CHICKEN LAY, YOU FIRST MUST HEAR HER
CACKLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S UNCLE HAS TOLD HIM THIS PROVERB OFTEN. HIS UNCLE
OWNS A CHICKEN FARM AND INFORMANT BELIEVES HIS GREAT UNCLE
WAS THE ORIGINATOR OF THIS SAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ANIMALS ; BIRTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-28-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

I WISH YOU LUCK,
I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABBCC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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Superstition

A pregnant woman should mix her urine with Drano. The
resultant color determines the sex of the child.
Unfortunately, the informant (a nurse) forgets which color is
which.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Childbirth, divination

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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IN OBERAMERGAUE, GERMANY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME, THEY
HOLD A PASSION PLAY, DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.

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

Keyword(s): BIRTH OF OUR LORD=CHRISTMAS. ; SOME CONTRADICTION HERE--PASSION PLAY=CRUCIFIXION.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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IN OBERAMERGAUE, GERMANY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME, THEY
HOLD A PASSION PLAY, DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.

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

Keyword(s): BIRTH OF OUR LORD=CHRISTMAS. ; SOME CONTRADICTION HERE--PASSION PLAY=CRUCIFIXION.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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I WISH YOU LUCK
I WISH YOU JOY
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL.
AND WHEN HER HAIR STICKS OUT LIKE PINS,
I WISH YOU THEN A PAIR OF TWINS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CHATTANOOGA

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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