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IF ALL THE SEAS WERE ONE SEA,
WHAT A GREAT SEA THAT WOULD BE!
AND IF ALL THE TREES WERE ONE TREE,
WHAT A GREAT TREE THAT WOULD BE!
AND IF ALL THE AXES WERE ONE AX,
WHAT A GREAT AX THAT WOULD BE!
AND IF ALL THE MEN WERE ONE MAN,
WHAT A GREAT MAN HE WOULD BE!
AND IF THE GREAT MAN TOOK THE GREAT AX,
AND CUT DOWN THE GREAT TREE,
AND LET IT FALL INTO THE GREAT SEA,
WHAT A SPLISH SPLASH THAT WOULD BE!

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS POEM BY A FIRST GRADER ON THE PLAYGROUND.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): CHAIN GREATNESS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

(NAME) IS NO GOOD,
CHOP HIM UP FOR FIREWOOD.
IF THE FIRE DOESN'T BURN,
PUT HIM IN THE BUTTER CHURN.
IF THE BUTTER IS NO GOOD,
TAKE HIM OUT AND SPANK HIM GOOD.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MY INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER TO HIM WHEN HE WAS
VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN

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

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER ME/ REMEMBER YOU,/ REMEMBER THE DAY/ I FOUND YOU AT THE ZOO.

Submitter comment: FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; INITIAL ITERATION ; REPETITION ; RHYME: ABCB

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

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF GRAY
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND TURNED AWAY.
REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF BROWN
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND TURNED YOU DOWN.
BUT REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF BLUE
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND ASKED FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUPLETS ; INITIAL ITERATION ; REPETITION EYE COLOR ; RHYME: AABBCC

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

Date learned: 01-00-1963

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

ALL IN TOGETHER, VERY FINE WEATHER, I SEE THE TEACHER LOOKING OUT
THE WINDOW. DING-DONG, THE FIRE BELL! JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH ...
SAY THE MONTHS UNTIL EVERYONE JUMPS OUT OF THE ROPE ON THEIR MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JUDGE, JUDGE, TELL THE JUDGE

JUDGE, JUDGE, TELL THE JUDGE/
MAMA HAD A NEW BORN BABY/ IT ISN'T A BOY, IT ISN'T A GIRL/ JUST
PLAIN ORDINARY BABY/ WRAP IT UP IN TOILET PAPER/ SEND IT DOWN THE
ELEVATOR/ FIRST FLOOR, SECOND FLOOR, THIRD FLOOR, STOP.
A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.542

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN, JOHNNY OVER THE SEA/ JOHNNY BROKE A MILK
BOTTLE AND BLAMED IT ON ME/ I TOLD MA, MA TOLD PA/ AND JOHNNY GOT A
LICKIN/ SO HA HA HA/ HOW MANY LICKINS DID HE GET/ 5,10,15,20,25,30,
35,40,45,50,55,60,65,70,75,80,85,90,95,100/ A RHYME RECITED WHILE
JUMPING ROPE. SKIP ROPE ONCE FOR EACH NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN COUNTING

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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DONALD DUCK

A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.
DONALD DUCK IS A ONE-LEGGED
ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED DUCK/ DONALD DUCK IS A TWO-LEGGED/ TWO-LEGGED
TWO-LEGGED DUCK./ DONALD DUCK IS A THREE-LEGGED/ THREE-LEGGED, THREE-
LEGGED DUCK/ DONALD DUCK IS A FOUR-LEGGED/ FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED
DUCK/ JUMP OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): CARTOON AND COMIC STRIP CHARACTER ; CHAIN COUNTING

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

DONALD DUCK IS A ONE LEGGED DUCK. DONALD DUCK IS A TWO LEGGED
DUCK. DONALD DUCK IS A THREE LEGGED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK IS A FOUR LEGGED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK IS A PIGEON TOED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK IS A BOW LEGGED DUCK, DONALD DUCK IS A ONE LEGGED,
TWO LEGGED, THREE LEGGED, FOUR LEGGED, PIGEON TOED BOW
LEGGED DUCK.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; SAVANNAH

James Callow Keyword(s): CUMULATIVE COUNTING CHAIN

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

Date learned: 06-03-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT HAPPENS TWICE IN A MOMENT,
ONCE IN A MINUTE,
BUT NOT AT ALL IN A THOUSAND YEARS? (THE LETTER M).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): DIMINISHING CHAIN DIMINUTIVE CHAIN ; SPELLING RIDDLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

WE USED TO RUN INTO THE ROPE, JUMP AND SAY;
"A, MY NAME IS ALICE, MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS AL.
WE LIVE IN ARIZONA AND WE SELL APPLES."
"B, MY NAME IS BETTY, MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS BOB.
WE LIVE IN BOSTON AND WE SELL BONNETS."
C, MY NAME IS ... AND SO ON THROUGH THE WHOLE ALPHABET.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN

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

Date learned: 09-17-1972

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DONALD DUCK IS A ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE ON ONLY ONE LEG).
DONALD DUCK IS A TWO-LEGGED, TWO-LEGGED, TWO-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE ON TWO LEGS).
DONALD DUCK IS A THREE-LEGGED, THREE-LEGGED, THREE-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE TOUCHING THE GROUND WITH BOTH FEET AND ONE HAND).
DONALD DUCK IS A FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE TOUCHING THE GROUND WITH BOTH FEET AND BOTH HANDS).
DONALD DUCK IS A PIGEON-TOED, PIGEON TOED, PIGEON-TOWED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE WITH TOES POINTED INWARD).
DONALD DUCK IS A BOW-LEGGED, BOW-LEGGED, BOW-LEGGED DUCK.
(JUMP ROPE WITH LEGS BOWED).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL

A HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
A HUNDRED BOTTLES OF BEER,
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL,
NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER,
IF ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL,
NINETY-EIGHT BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL.
( ETC. THIS GOES ALL THE WAY TO ZERO BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL.)

Submitter comment: THIS IS A DRINKING SONG, OR A SONG SUNG ON TRIPS LIKE BUS RIDES OR
PICNICS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN--DIMINUTIVE, NOT CUMULATIVE

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

Date learned: 10-10-1972

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TWELVE ANGELS

GREEN GRASS IS GROWING,
BY THE CHURCH DOORSTEP.
YOU GAVE YOUR HAND TO ( GROOM'S NAME ),
YOU GAVE YOUR HAND TO ( GROOM'S NAME ),
BY THE MAIN ALTAR.
YOU GAVE HIM YOUR RIGHT HAND,
THE PRIEST BLESSED YOUR WEDDING BAND.
YOUR EYES FILLED WITH TEARS,
YOUR EYES FILLED WITH TEARS,
BY THIS SMILING MAN.
TWELVE PETAL WHITE ROSES,
ON A LITTLE TREE.
TWELVE ANGELS HAD COME,
TWELVE ANGELS HAD COME,
TO SERVE YOU WILLINGLY.
FIRST ANGEL IS CARRYING,
A FLAMING CANDLE LIGHT.
SECOND ANGEL CARRIES,
SECOND ANGEL CARRIES,
A BRIDAL BOUQUET ALL WHITE.
THIRD ANGEL IS CARRYING,
A BEAUTIFUL CHAPLET
FOURTH ANGEL IS CARRYING,
FOURTH ANGEL IS CARRYING,
A GOLDEN WEDDING BAND.
FIFTH ANGEL IS CARRYING,
FROM GOD YOUR WEDDING VOWS.
SIXTH ANGEL IS CARRYING,
SIXTH ANGEL IS CARRYING,
ALL BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE.
THE NEXT SIX ANGELS,
A CROWN OF MYRTLE GREEN,
THEY PLACE UPON YOUR HEAD
THEY PLACE UPON YOUR HEAD.
TODAY TO MAKE YOU QUEEN.
O MY DEAR CHAPLET
ALL OF MYRTLE GREEN.
I AM SORRY,
TO PART WITH THEE,
THEN WITH MY FAMILY.
MY DEAR MOTHER,
I AM LEAVING YOU TODAY.
TO LIVE WITH ( GROOM'S NAME ),
TO LIVE WITH ( GROOM'S NAME ),
FOR HE AND I ARE WED.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS A POLISH TRADITION, USUALLY STILL SUNG IN POLISH AT
WEDDINGS. THE GUESTS GATHER IN A CIRCLE AROUND THE BRIDE AND
GROOM, AS THE BRIDE REMOVES HER VEIL. THIS SIGNIFIES THAT NOW SHE
BELONGS TO HIM. SHE PASSES HER VEIL FIRST TO THE MAID OF HONOR,
AND THEN ON TO THE OTHER BRIDESMAIDS AS THEY DANCE, SO THEY TOO CAN
SHARE HER JOY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN ; RIGHT HAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Marriage
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-12-1972

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BLASON POPULAIRE

PHI KAPPS NEVER GET DRUNK, IF THEY DO THEY NEVER STAGGER,
IF THEY STAGGER THEY NEVER FALL. IF THEY FALL THEY FALL ON THEIR
FACES, SO THEIR PINS NEVER SHOW.

Submitter comment: SPOKEN WHILE DRINKING AT THE 20'S WITH SOME FRATERNITY BROTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RESEMBLES A CHAIN TALE.

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; ITERATION ; WORD PLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SONG

TWAS ON A MONDAY MORNING
WHEN I FIRST SAW MY DARLING
A HANGING OUT THE FAMILY CLOTHES,
A HANGING OUT THE CLOTHES.

TWAS ON A TUESDAY MORNING
WHEN I FIRST SAW MY DARLING
A TAKING IN THE FAMILY CLOTHES.
A TAKING IN THE FAMILY CLOTHES.

WEDNESDAY: FOLDING UP THE CLOTHES.
THURSDAY: IRONING OUT THE CLOTHES.
FRIDAY: MENDING OF THE CLOTHES.
SATURDAY: PUTTING AWAY THE CLOTHES.
SUNDAY: " TWAS ON A SUNDAY MORNING,
WHEN ALL THE FAMILY WENT TO CHURCH.
A-WEARING THEIR SUNDAY CLOTHES,
A-WEARING THEIR SUNDAY CLOTHES.

Data entry tech comment: SEE AARNE-THOMPSON TALE TYPE 2012D

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C330

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WORK SONG

THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES,
WASH OUR CLOTHES, WASH OUR CLOTHES;
THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES,
SO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE IRON OUR CLOTHES,
IRON OUR CLOTHES, IRON OUR CLOTHES;
THIS IS THE WAY WE IRON OUR CLOTHES,
SO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE CLEAN OUR WINDOWS,
CLEAN OUR WINDOWS, CLEAN OUR WINDOWS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE CLEAN OUR WINDOWS,
SO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE SWEEP OUR FLOORS,
SWEEP OUR FLOORS, SWEEP OUR FLOORS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE SWEEP OUR FLOORS,
SO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE MAKE OUR BEDS,
MAKE OUR BEDS, MAKE OUR BEDS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE MAKE OUR BEDS;
M SO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE SCRUB OUR FLOORS,
SCRUB OUR FLOORS, SCRUB OUR FLOORS;
THIS IS THE WAY WE SCRUB OUR FLOORS,
SO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

THIS IS THE WAY WE GO TO CHURCH,
GO TO CHURCH, GO TO CHURCH;
THIS IS THE WAY WE GO TO CHURCH,
SO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; DAYS OF THE WEEK

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

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CHILDREN'S SONG

ONE LITTLE, TWO LITTLE, THREE LITTLE INDIANS
FOUR LITTLE, FIVE LITTLE, SIX LITTLE INDIANS
SEVEN LITTLE, EIGHT LITTLE, NINE LITTLE INDIANS.
TEN LITTLE INDIAN BOYS.

THEY JUMPED IN A BOAT AND THE BOAT TIPPED OVER,
THEY JUMPED IN A BOAT AND THE BOAT TIPPED OVER,
THEY JUMPED IN A BOAT AND THE BOAT TIPPED OVER,
NO LITTLE INDIAN BOYS.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SONG

THE ANTS GO MARCHING ONE BY ONE. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED TO HAVE SOME FUN.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM (REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING TWO BY TWO. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED TO TIE HIS SHOE.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING THREE BY THREE. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED TO CLIMB A TREE.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

AND THE ANTS GO MARCHING FOUR BY FOUR
THE ANTS GO MARCHING FOUR BY FOUR. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED TO CLOSE A DOOR.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING FIVE BY FIVE. HURRAH} HURRAH}
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED AND GOT SQUASHED ALIVE.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING SIX BY SIX. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED TO PICK UP SOME STICKS.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING SEVEN BY SEVEN. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED TO VISIT HEAVEN.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING EIGHT BY EIGHT. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED AND BROKE A SLATE.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH.
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.
(REFRAIN)

THE ANTS GO MARCHING NINE BY NINE. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED AND BROKE HIS SPINE,
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN
REFRAIN

THE ANTS GO MARCHING TEN BY TEN. HURRAH} HURRAH}
(REPEAT TWICE)
THE LITTLE ONE STOPPED AND DID IT AGAIN.
AND THEY ALL GO MARCHING DOWN THE EARTH
TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN.

REFRAIN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG

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

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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