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TRUE FRIENDS ARE LIKE DIAMONDS--
PRECIOUS AND RARE.
FALSE ONES ARE LIKE LEAVES--
FOUND EVERYWHERE.

Submitter comment: THIS USED TO BE ONE OF MY PEN PALS (1957). THIS WAS
ONE OF HER CLEVER SAYINGS.

Data entry tech comment: OFTEN FOUND IN AUTOGRAPH BOOKS.

Where learned: Wyoming ; ROCK SPRINGS

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP JEWELS ; METER: TROCHAIC ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION AUTOGRAPH VERSE ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTUMN LEAVES SCATTERED EVERYWHERE--AMA BARR

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER YOUNG LADY BEFORE YOU GROW OLD/ A GOOD EDUCATION IS BETTER
THAN GOLD/ FOR GOLD IN TIME WILL TARNISH AWAY/ BUT A GOOD
EDUCATION WILL NEVER DECAY

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): EDUCATION ADVICE ; FEMININE RHYME ; RHYME: AABB

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

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ONLY MONKEYS LOOK UPSIDE DOWN}

Submitter comment: WRITTEN UPSIDE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; CATCH INSULT

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

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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YOURS TILL NIAGARA FALLS.

Submitter comment: THIS SIGNATURE WAS USED BY SUE MC ANINCH TO THE
VERSE IN KATHY'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; LOCATION ; PUN

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

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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IN FLORIDA THEY GROW ORANGES,
IN CALIFORNIA TOO.
BUT ONLY OUR DEAR MICHIGAN
CAN PRODUCE A PEACH LIKE YOU!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABCB ; LOCATION

James Callow Keyword(s): IN PLACE OF MICHIGAN ANY STATE OR PLACE COULD BE LISTED.

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS CONSIDERED VERY BAD LUCK TO TRIP ON A GANGPLANK
THIS ESPECIALLY HOLDS TRUE BEFORE GOING ON LIBERTY
AND SHOULD THIS OCCUR, IT IS BELIEVED THAT A VERY BAD
LIBERTY WILL RESULT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALMA

James Callow Keyword(s): LIBERTY=LEAVE, VACATION, TIME OFF ; MARITIME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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VERSE

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LISTEN, LISTEN, THE CAT'S PISSING.
WHERE? WHERE?
UNDER THE CHAIR.
RUN, RUN, GET YOUR GUN.
AWH SHIT, SHE'S ALL DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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RIDDLE QUESTION

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AB C D GOLDFISH
BN NO GOLDFISH
O S A R AB
C M P N

Submitter comment:

THIS CAN BE TRANSLATED TO:
AB SEE THE GOLDFISH
BN, THERE IS NO GOLDFISH
OH YES THERE IS AB
SEE THEM PEEING

James Callow comment:

VARIATION: MNO GOLDFISH
CN[ HARTWIG, WILLIAM 720390
C1[ 260 ALAMEDA
C2[ YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 44504
DNC[ 1,688
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

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

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL URINATION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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HI HO, HI HO

HI HO, HI HO,
IT'S OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO
WE LEARN SOME JUNK
AND THEN WE FLUNK
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.
HI HO, HI HO
IT'S OFF TO CHURCH WE GO
WITH A BOTTLE OF BEER
AND A KICK IN THE REAR
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.
HI HO, HI HO
I BIT THE TEACHER'S TOE
THE DIRTY RAT
SHE BIT ME BACK
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: CLAIRE SAYS SHE LEARNED THESE SONGS AT GIRL SCOUT CAMP. I ALSO
HEARD THE LITTLE GIRL I BABYSIT FOR SINGING THE THIRD ONE.
HER MOTHER TRIED TO STOP HER BY SAYING' "YOU SHOULDN'T SING SONGS
LIKE THAT. HOWEVER' I DON'T THINK THE MOTHER'S ADMONITION FAZED
THE LITTLE GIRL MUCH. IT WILL PROBABLY ONLY HELP TO IMPRINT THIS
SONG ON HER MIND.

James Callow comment: HI HO= SONG FROM WALT DISNEY MOVIE "SNOW WHITE"
CK[ SATIRE OF EDUCATION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF EDUCATION

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

Date learned: 00-01-1974

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VERSE ABOUT FOOD

SHAKE AND SHAKE
THE KETCHUP BOTTLE.
NONE'LL COME AND
THEN A LOT'LL.

Submitter comment: I THINK OUR FAMILY ORIGINALLY GOT THIS VERSE FROM BENNET CERF'S
HOUSEFUL OF LAUGHTER BUT BY NOW ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY KNOW IT
THAT WHENEVER SOMEONE SEEMS TO BE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH GETTING THE
KETCHUP OUT SOMEONE ELSE IN THE FAMILY WILL START SAYING THIS VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATSUP

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.248

Date learned: 00001960S

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CRYING KNOCK-KNOCK

KNOCK-KNOCK - WHO'S THERE? - BOO - BOO WHO? - AW, DON'T CRY.

Submitter comment: AGAIN UPON HEARING THE CATEGORY KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES THE INFORMANT
RIFLED THEM OFF ONE AFTER ANOTHER, HARDLY GIVING ME A CHANCE TO GUESS
THE ANSWERS BEFORE GOING ON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: Favorites
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE

FIRST PERSON: I HAVE A NEW KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE, DO YOU WANT TO HEAR IT?
SECOND PERSON: YES.
FIRST PERSON: YOU START.
THE SECOND PERSON WILL ALMOST ALWAYS START AND WHEN YOU SAY WHO'S
THERE THEY WILL BECOME CONFUSED AND THEN REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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SHIT DRINKING GAME

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EVERYBODY IS A TYPE OF ANIMAL SHIT, WHICH IS DETERMINED BEFORE THE
GAME. EVERYONE KNOWS WHO IS WHAT ANIMAL. SOMEONE STARTS BY SAYING
"SOMEBODY SHIT ON THE FLOOR, I THINK IT WAS...SAYING ANIMAL'S SHIT."
THE PERSON WHO IS THAT ANIMAL SAYS "BULLSHIT", THE FIRST PERSON SAYS,
"THEN WHO SHIT?" THE SECOND PERSON SAYS "I THINK IT WAS..THEN HE SAYS
ANOTHER ANIMAL'S SHIT." THE GAME CONTINUES LIKE THIS. ANY ERROR OR
DELAY IN ANSWERING CAUSES THAT PERSON TO DRINK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATOLOGICAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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OCTOBER GAVE A PARTY

OCTOBER GAVE A PARTY
THE LEAVES BY HUNDREDS CAME
THE CHESTNUT, OAK, AND MAPLE
AND LEAVES OF EVERY NAME
THE SUNSHINE SPREAD THE CARPET
AND EVERYTHING LOOKED GRAND
MISS WEATHER LED THE DANCING
PROFESSOR WIND THE BAND
THE CHESTNUTS CAME IN YELLOW
THE OAK IN CRIMSON DRESS
THE LOVELY MRS. MAPLE
IN SCARLET LOOKED HER BEST
ALL DANCED TO THEIR PARTNERS
AND GAILY FLUTTERED BY
THE SWEET ONE LIKE A RAINBOW
NEW-FALLEN FROM THE SKY
THEN IN THE RUSTIC BILLOW
AT HIDE AND SEEK THEY PLAYED
THE PARTY BROKE AT SUNDOWN
BUT STILL THE LEAVES ALL STAYED
PROFESSOR WIND PLAYED LOUDER
THEY FLEW ALONG THE GROUND
AND HERE THE PARTY ENDED
WITH A JOLLY OLD HAND ROUND

Submitter comment: THIS SONG WAS LEARNED BY MY AUNT FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
SIX YEARS OLD.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTUMN ; PERSONIFICATION

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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I'M A PRETTY LITTLE KITTEN

I'M A PRETTY LITTLE KITTEN
MY NAME IS TABBY GRAY
I LIVE OUT IN THE COUNTRY
SO MANY MILES AWAY
MY EYES ARE DARK AS HAZEL
MY FUR IS SOFT AS SILK
I'M FURNISHED IN THE MORNING
WITH A SAUCER FULL OF MILK
THE MILK COMES FRESH AND FOAMY
FRESH FROM THE GOOD OLD COW
AND AFTER I HAVE LAPPED IT
I FROLIC YOU KNOW HOW
I'M PETTED BY THE CHILDREN
THE MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE
AND SOMETIMES WHEN I'M NIMBLE
I CAN CATCH A LITTLE MOUSE
BUT SOMETIMES WHEN I'M NAUGHTY
I CLIMB UPON THE STAND
AND EAT THE CAKE OR CHICKEN
OR ANYTHING I CAN
AW, THEN THEY HIDE MY SAUCER
NO MATTER HOW I MEW
AND THAT'S THE WAY I'M PUNISHED
FOR THE NAUGHTY THINGS I DO

Submitter comment: THIS SONG HAS BEEN KNOWN BY MY AUNT SINCE SHE WAS A SMALL GIRL,
AND SHE USED TO SING IT TO ME WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD. SHE HAS
LONG HAD IT MEMORIZED. I HAVE SEEN IN CHILDREN'S STORY-BOOKS A SIM-
ILAR STORY (NOT SET TO MUSIC) ABOUT A HORSE NAMED DAPPLE GRAY, BUT
HAVE NEVER SEEN OR HEARD THE KITTEN VERSION ANYWHERE OTHER THAN FROM
MY AUNT, AND IT IS THE ONLY VERSION SHE KNOWS.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

James Callow Keyword(s): CAT

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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SIGNATURES

YOURS TILL CATS KILL MOUNTAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ON CATSKILL MOUNTAINS

Subject headings: Z210

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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MANY YOUNG MOTHERS BELIEVE THAT PET CATS WILL STIFLE THE BREATH OF
THEIR BABIES IF THEY HAVE THE CHANCE.

Submitter comment: MANY OF THE INFORMANT'S PATIENTS HAVE ASKED HIM ABOUT THIS.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): SUFFOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF LOST

IF A PERSON IS LOST AND IS NOT SURE WHAT DIRECTION TO TAKE, HE
SHOULD SPIT IN THE PALM OF ONE HAND, AND SLAP THE SPIT WITH THE
FIRST TWO FINGERS OF THE OTHER HAND. THEN MERELY TRAVEL IN THE
DIRECTION THAT THE SPIT FLEW. THIS METHOD WILL PUT THE PERSON IN
THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION LOCATION

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT DID HELEN KELLER SAY WHEN SHE FELL DOWN THE CLIFF?
A: NOTHING. HELEN KELLER CANNOT SPEAK.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): cliff ; Distasteful ; Helen Keller ; JOKE ; MUTE

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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VERSE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

BEANS, BEANS, THE MUSICAL FRUIT, THE MORE YOU EAT THE MORE YOU TOOT,
THE MORE YOU TOOT, THE BETTER YOU FEEL, SO EAT BEANS AT EVERY MEAL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: TOOT FOR FART ; RHYME: AABB ; SCATALOGICAL

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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