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THERE WAS A MAN UPON THE STAIRS,
GEE I WISH HE WASN'T THERE.
HE WASN'T THERE AGAIN TODAY,
GEE, I WISH HE'D GO AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER MANY YEARS AGO.

Data entry tech comment: YESTERDAY UPON THE STAIR, I SAW A MAN THAT WASN'T THERE.
HE WASN'T THERE AGAIN TODAY,
OH, HOW I WISH HE'D GO AWAY (THAT'S THE WAY I HEARD IT)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS CONTRADICTIONS QUATRAIN ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; REPETITION METER: IAMB. RHYME: IMPERFECT, DOUBLE ; RHYME AABB ; SLANG CONTRADICTION ; WISH GHOSTS FEAR

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

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MY MOTHER WAS TAUGHT THIS POEM WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND SHE SAYS THAT SHE HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN IT: A WISE OLD O; SAT IN AN OAK,

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE, EXAMPLE ; CHIASMUS ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME: MASCULINE, INTERNAL, AABB

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

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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL,
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE, AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME L.S.D.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): DRUGS ; PARODY, NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABAB CHIASMUS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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SMILE AWHILE

SMILE

AWHILE

AND WHILE YOU SMILE

ANOTHER

SMILES,

AND SOON THERE'S MILES MM[
AND MILES

OF SMILES

AND LIFE'S WORTH WHILE

BECAUSE YOU SMILE.

Submitter comment: VERSE PRINTED ON DECORATED POSTCARD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; POSTCARD COLLECTION ; CIRCA 1910

Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; RHYME: AAABAAAAAA

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

REMEMBER M., REMEMBER E., PUT 'EM TOGETHER AND REMEMBER ME.

Submitter comment: 'EM IS ME SPELLED BACKWARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

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

Date learned: CA00001970

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INDIAN TWISTER

HEAP SMART FELLOW, HEAP FELLOW SMART.

Submitter comment: SHE SEEMED TO GLOW WHEN GIVING THIS ONE, SURE THAT I COULDN'T SAY
IT WITHOUT TRIPPING UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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IT IS NICE TO BE IMPORTANT BUT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO BE NICE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REPORTS THAT THIS PHRASE IS IN COMMON USE AMONG THE
EXECUTIVES OF THE S. S. KRESGE CO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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PROVERB

IT'S NOT THE BIG DOG IN THE FIGHT BUT THE BIG FIGHT IN THE
DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN GO UP A CHIMNEY DOWN, BUT CAN NOT GO DOWN A CHIMNEY UP?
A: AN UMBRELLA.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU; ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR
YOUR COUNTRY.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM ; PATRIOTISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

BEER ON WHISKY, PRETTY RISKY,
WHISKY ON BEER, NEVER FEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS PROVERB FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; PARADOX ; RHYME

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

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PROVERB

COLD HANDS, WARM HEART; WARM HANDS, COLD HEART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): AFFECTION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

COMMON SENSE WITHOUT HIGHER EDUCATION IS BETTER THAN HIGHER
EDUCATION WITHOUT COMMON SENSE.

Submitter comment: TOLD VIA LETTER TO ME

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): INTELLIGENCE? ; PARALLELISM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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PROVERB

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER,
BUT BETTER NEVER LATE.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN CONVERSATION

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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PREDICTION

BIG DROPS, LITTLE RAIN.
LITTLE DROPS, BIG RAIN.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; CONTRAST ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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PROVERB

AS CHARMS ARE NONSENSE, NONSENSE IS A CHARM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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TO LIVE

EAT TO LIVE BUT DON'T LIVE TO EAT.
(SPANISH) COMER PARA VIVIR, Y NO VIVIR PARA COMER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THROUGH HIS STUDY OF SPANISH.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; FOOD ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME MUST BE SEIZED WITHIN THE LIFE-
TIME OF THE OPPORTUNITY

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

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; INTERNAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PROMPTNESS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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THIS IS MY OWN PHILOSOPHY ON GETTING THINGS ACCOMPLISHED.
PLAN YOUR WORK, AND WORK YOUR PLAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

James Callow Keyword(s): DISCIPLINE ; INITIAL AND TERMINAL ITERATION ; INTERNAL ITERATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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THE FOLLOWING IS A SONG THAT IS SUNG WHILE DRINKING BEER:
"IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER,
THAT'S WHY WE DRINK IT HERE.
AND WHEN WE ARE GONE FROM HERE
OUR FRIENDS WILL BE DRINKING ALL THE BEER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ; CHIASMUS ; DRINKING SONG ; RHYME: AAAA

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

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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