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VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
IF IT WASN'T FOR CHRISTMAS,
WE'D ALL BE JEWS.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR ENTITLES THIS ITEM "VERSE" BUT GIVES IT C360, THE BOGGS NUMBER FOR SONG. I'VE ADDED THE
NUMBER FOR VERSE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME: BLUE-JEWS

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

Date learned: 10-06-1972

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THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL

THERE WAS ONCE A WOMAN WHO WAS CALLED THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL.
SHE WAS CALLED THIS BECAUSE HER HAIR AND SKIN WAS VERY WHITE AND
AT NIGHT SHE WOULD RIDE AMOUNG THE SLAVES DRESSED IN WHITE AND ON
A WHITE HORSE TO FRIGHTEN THEM. SHE WAS MISTRESS OF A BIG
PLANTATION AND WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE KILLED FOUR OF HER FIVE
HUSBANDS. SHE HERSELF WAS KILLED BY THE FIFTH WHEN HER FATHER
TOLD HIM WHAT SHE DID TO HER HUSBANDS. THE WHITE WITCH BURIED HER
HUSBANDS NEAR THE HOUSE AND PLANTED A COCONUT TREE ABOVE THEM.
IF YOU GO TO THE RUINS OF THAT PLANTATION YOU WILL SEE FIVE
COCOANUT TREES IN A ROW WITH NO OTHER TREES AROUND. SHE IS UNDER
ONE OF THEM.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE HAS VISITED THE RUINS OF ROSE HALL AND HAS SEEN
THE FIVE COCONUT TREES.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BLUEBEARD: SEX REVERSAL ; COLOR ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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Belief: Animal

Catty Belief:

Blue eyed cats are deaf

(They are usually green eyed)

Submitter comment:

The date 11/7/69 is written in tiny numbers on the bottom left hand of the card.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P500] crossed out. Replaced with Current Classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BLIND ; BLINDNESS ; Blue ; CAT ; COLOR ; Eye ; eye color ; Green

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Language

A big black bug bled blue blood.

Submitter comment:

My Neighborhood

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Tongue Twister? This much (A big black bug) already typed as Prose.

Where learned: HOME ;

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; Blue ; Bug ; GAME ; Language ; RHYME ; TONGUE TWISTER

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

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Retort

Once in a Blue Moon

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Retort, To What?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Blue ; COMEBACK ; INSULT ; MOON ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Something old, Something new. Something borrowed, something blue.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Meaning? C840.545? Collector says mother she was informant took this as applying to weddings. -dtc.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Blue ; Borrowed ; Maxim ; New ; Old ; Prover ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WEDDING

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

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Language: Rhyme

Roses Rhyme:

Roses are red, Violets are blue.

Sugar is sweet, And so are you.

Submitter comment:

This is a rhyme that is familiar to most everyone who has heard a "roses are red" rhyme...

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Blue ; COLOR ; Language ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Sugar ; Sweet ; VERSE

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

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Roses are red, Violets are blue

When it rains, I think of you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Blue ; COLOR ; poem ; Rain ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; VERSE ; Violets

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

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Roses are red, violets are blue,

Lend me $10.00, and then I'll love you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Blue ; COLOR ; FLOWERS ; LOVE ; MONEY ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; VERSE ; Violets

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

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Expression

Once in a blue moon.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Blue ; Expression ; Language ; METAPHOR ; MOON ; Rarely ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Jump Rope Rhyme

Blue Bells, Cockle shells,

Evy, Ivy Over

First comes love

Then comes marriage,

Here comes (name of jumper) with a baby carriage.

 

(For blue bells to ive - the rope swings back and forth, the jumper jumping over it. On over, the regular turning begins.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; Blue Bells ; Carriage ; Cockle Shells ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Ivy ; Jump ; Jump Rope ; Language ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME

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

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Language

Tongue Twister:

Blue bottom trousers, buttons made of brass, loose around the ankles tight around the ass. Ask me any questions surely I won't tell, if you don't believe me you can go to WELL...hello operator give me number nine; if the line is busy give me back my dime.

Other endings might be "you look like frankenstein" or any "-ine" ending.

Submitter comment:

He learned it in school when he was about 10 or 11

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Taste? Also, Verse?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Blue ; Button ; Dime ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Operator ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; RHYME ; SONG ; TONGUE TWISTER ; Trousers ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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BLUE - RARITY OF INCIDENTS - PROVERBIAL STATEMENTS

1) I'LL BE A BLUE-NOSED MONKEY!---SURPRISE AT AN EVENT OR
UNFAMILIAR OBJECT
2) ONCE IN A BLUE MOON---SELDOM
3) A BLUE APPLE---SOMETHING RARE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Apple ; Blue ; COLOR ; METAPHOR ; Monkey ; MOON ; PROVERB ; Rarity ; SURPRISE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
YOUR NOSE LOOKS LIKE A B-52.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): Autograph Rhyme ; B-52 ; Blue ; COLOR ; FLOWERS ; NOSE ; poem ; Red ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; Violets

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS

THE TEST FAMILY OWNS MUCH DOWNTOWN REAL ESTATE IN INDIANAPOLIS,
AND HAS AN OLD HOUSE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE COUNTY, JUST OUTSIDE
OF TOWN. THE GRANDFATHER'S GHOST IS SAID TO INHABIT THE NOW EMPTY
HOUSE. THIS IS BECAUSE AT NIGHT, BLUE LIGHTS CAN BE SEEN
FROM THE ROAD, COMING FROM THE WINDOWS. THERE ALSO SEEMS TO BE
A GREAT POPULATION OF CATS INHABITING THE AREA. THE OLD MAN
IS SAID TO HAVE HAD MANY WHILE HE WAS ALIVE. IT IS A POPULAR
LOCAL LEGEND, AND THE HOUSE IS OFTEN VISITED BY THE CURIOUS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT SAID HIS UNCLE USED TO GO THERE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: INDIANA ; INDIANAPOLIS

Keyword(s): Blue Lights ; Cats ; Haunting ; Legend ; Lore ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THE BRIDE SHOULD WEAR "SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE" FOR GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; NEW BREMEN

Keyword(s): Blue ; Borrowed ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; MARRIAGE ; New ; Old ; RHYME ; tradition

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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EVIL EYE

ANYTHING BLUE OR WEARING THE EVIL EYE WILL KEEP PEOPLE FROM GIVING
YOU THE EVIL EYE

Submitter comment:

ALSO SOMEONE WITH BLUE EYES WILL NOT GET THE EVIL EYE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Blue ; COLOR ; DEVIL ; EVIL EYE ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Emblem

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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