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MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY
OF THE BURNING OF THE SCHOOL.
WE HAVE TORTURED ALL THE TEACHERS,
WE HAVE BROKEN ALL THE RULES.
BEATEN MOM AND DAD IN A DIRTY GAME OF POOL,
AND THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC PARODY

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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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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NONE

I SEE YOU IN THE OCEAN,

I SEE YOU IN THE SEA,

I SEE YOU IN THE BATHTUB,

OOPS } PARDON ME }

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 03181960 IN HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): NUDITY ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE. ; INCREMENTS REPITION ; ITERATION

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

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PROVERB

CONFUCIUS SAY: BOY WHO GOES TO BED WITH SEXUAL PROBLEMS FIND
SOLUTION IN HAND IN MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUN ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): MASTURBATION ; PARODY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SEWING

MRS. RANKIN WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER THAT IT IS A SIN TO SEW ON SUNDAY.
SHE, IN TURN, HAS PASSED IT DOWN TO HER CHILDREN AND HER CHILDREN
HAVE PASSED IT DOWN TO THEIRS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): SABBATARIANISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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BATMAN JOKE

WHY DID BATMAN GO TO THE BATCAVE?
TO GO TO THE BAT-ROOM.

Submitter comment: FROM HIS BROTHER, JOE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BATHROOM ; FICTIONAL PERSON ; TELEVISION AND COMIC BOOK PERSONS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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SUPERSTITION

DON'T CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS ON SUNDAY, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, YOU WILL DO
SOMETHING YOU'LL BE ASHAMED OF BEFORE THE WEEK IS OVER-

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): SABBATH WORK TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-02-1969

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RIME

IVORY SOAP,
SEE IT FLOAT
DOWN THE RIVER
LIKE A BOAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE ; RHYME: ABA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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LITTLE BAR OF SOAP

I WISH I WAS A LITTLE BAR OF SOAP/ I WISH I WAS A LITTLE BAR OF SOAP
FOR I'D SLIPPIE AND I'D SLIDDIE/ DOWN EVERYBODY'S HIDDY/ OH, I WISH
I WAS A LITTLE BAR OF SOAP}

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE ; ENVELOPE STRUCTURE ; FEMININE RHYME NEOLOGISM ; REPETITION FIRST PERSON ; RHYME: AABBA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 10-02-1965

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VERSE

MINNIE MINNIE HA HA, WENT TO SEE HER PAPA,
PAPA DIED, MINNIE CRIED. MINNIE HAD A BABY,
CALLED HIM TINY TIM, PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB
TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SWIM.
DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A BAR OF SOAP,
MINNIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, MINNIE CALLED THE NURSE,
MINNIE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
IN STAYED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE CAN ALSO BE ADDED ANOTHER VERSE BETWEEN LINES 9 AND 10.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; BATHTUB VERSE MONOLOGUE ; JUMP ROPE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; WISECRACKS, GAGS, SILLY STORIES, INSULTS (CLASSIFIER'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

Date learned: 00001929-1933 ; 10-02-1971

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NONE

I SEE YOU IN THE OCEAN,
I SEE YOU IN THE SEA,
I SEE YOU IN THE BATHTUB,
OOPS } PARDON ME }

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 03181960 IN HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE. ; INCREMENTS REPITION ; NUDITY ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION

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

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER GIVE YOURSELF A MANICURE ON SUNDAY. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL
HAVE A WEEK OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SOME OLD LADY TOLD THIS SUPERSTITION TO MY MOTHER YEARS AGO.
MY MOTHER RELAYED THIS SUPERSTITION TO MY SISTER AND ME. MY
SISTER BELIEVES THE SUPERSTITION. I ONLY BELIEVE IT IF I DO
MY NAILS ON SUNDAY AND HAVE A WEEK OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GROOMING ; SABBATARIANISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: CA00001930 ; 01-13-1980

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ALCOHOLIC SOLDIER IN
VIETNAM SUFFERING FROM BOTTLE FATIGUE?

Where learned: Vietnam

James Callow Keyword(s): BATTLE FATIGUE PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

WHEN YOU ARE BATHING IN A TUB
THINK OF ME BETWEEN EACH RUB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOROUS REQU&ST ; RHYMING COUPLET

James Callow Keyword(s): BATHTUB VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-15-1926

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ALBATROSS

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR AN ALBATROSS TO FOLLOW A SHIP. IF SHE DOES,
SHE MUST BE SHOT WITH A GUN ARMED WITH SILVER BULLETS.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): BIRDS: ALBATROSS ; CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: SHIPS

James Callow Keyword(s): CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: KILLING AN ALBATROSS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P 88 P 88.33
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.33

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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ST JOHNS DAY

ON JUNE 24 OF EVERY YEAR PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE GO TO THE RIVER TO
BATHE AND GET THEIR HAIR CUT: IT:S GOOD LUCK BECAUSE IT WILL GROW
(JUNE 24 IS SAINT JOHN THE BAPTISTI DAY).

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS PRACTICED IN MEXICO. HISTORICALLY IT TIES IN
RELIGIOUS WITH PAGAN CUSTOMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BATHE, WATER

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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COMET. IT MAKES YOUR BREATH SO CLEAN.
COMET. IT TASTES LIKE KEROSENE.
COMET. IT MAKES YOU VOMIT,
SO BUY SOME COMET AND VOMIT TODAY!

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMET IS A BATHROOM CLEANSER.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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SONG

COMET, IT MAKES YOUR TEETH TURN GREEN.
COMET, IT TASTES LIKE LISTERINE.
COMET, WILL MAKE YOUR VOMIT.
SO GET SOME COMET
AND VOMIT TODAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SONG FROM A FRIEND IN SCHOOL. A FRIEND
OF HERS IS THE ONE WHO WROTE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMET IS A BATHROOM CLEANSER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00001978CA

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JOY AND TEMPERANCE AND REPOSE
SLAM THE DOOR ON THE DOCTOR'S NOSE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SAYING THAT MY INFORMANT LEARNED FROM
HIS GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

James Callow Keyword(s): BATHOS ANTILLIMAY ; CONTRAST ; SURPRISE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 11-08-1985

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