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WHISKEY AND THE BRANDY

OH THE WHISKEY AND THE BRANDY
THE BRANDY AND THE WHISKEY OH.
( REPEAT THE WHOLE VERSE )

OH THE BUTTERCUPS AND THE DAISIES,
THE DAISIES AND THE BUTTERCUPS
( REPEAT THE WHOLE VERSE )

Submitter comment: FROM THIS POINT ON THEY MAKE UP VERSES AS THEY GO ALONG.
( THIS IS SUNG AT FAMILY GATHERINGS )

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; IMPROVISATION

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

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Song: Parody

FOUND A PEANUT
FOUND A PEANUT
FOUND A PEANUT JUST NOW
JUST NOW I FOUND A PEANUT
FOUND A PEANUT JUST NOW.

CRACKED IT OPEN
CRACKED IT OPEN
CRACKED IT OPEN JUST NOW
JUST NOW CRACKED IT OPEN
CRACKED IT OPEN JUST NOW.

FOUND IT ROTTEN
FOUND IT ROTTEN
FOUND IT ROTTEN JUST NOW
JUST NOW FOUND IT ROTTEN
FOUND IT ROTTEN JUST NOW.

ATE IT ANYWAY
ATE IT ANYWAY
ATE IT ANYWAY JUST NOW
JUST NOW I ATE IT ANYWAY
ATE IT ANYWAY JUST NOW

GOT SICK
GOT SICK
GOT SICK JUST NOW
JUST NOW I GOT SICK
GOT SICK JUST NOW.

CALLED A DOCTOR
CALLED A DOCTOR
CALLED A DOCTOR JUST NOW
JUST NOW I CALLED A DOCTOR
CALLED A DOCTOR JUST NOW.

SAID I WOULDN'T DIE
SAID I WOULDN'T DIE
SAID I WOULD'T DIE JUST NOW
JUST NOW HE SAID I WOULDN'T DIE
SAID I WOULDN'T DIE JUST NOW.

DIED ANYWAY
DIED ANYWAY
DIED ANYWAY JUST NOW
JUST NOW I DIED
DIED ANYWAY JUST NOW.

WENT TO HEAVEN
WENT TO HEAVEN
WENT TO HEAVEN JUST NOW
JUST NOW I WENT TO HEAVEN
WENT TO HEAVEN JUST NOW.

PLAYED THE HARP
PLAYED THE HARP
PLAYED THE HARP JUST NOW
JUST NOW I PLAYED THE HARP
PLAYED THE HARP JUST NOW.

BROKE A STRING
BROKE A STRING
BROKE A STRING JUST NOW
JUST NOW I BROKE A STRING
BROKE A STRING JUST NOW.

WENT DOWN
WENT DOWN
WENT DOWN JUST NOW
JUST NOW I WENT DOWN
WENT DOWN JUST NOW

SHOVELED COAL
SHOVELED COAL
SHOVELED COAL JUST NOW
JUST NOW I SHOVELED COAL
SHOVELED COAL JUST NOW.

BURNT MY FINGER
BURNT MY FINGER
BURNT MY FINGER JUST NOW
JUST NOW I BURNT MY FINGER
BURNT MY FINGER JUST NOW.
THE END

Data entry tech comment:

PROBABLY TO THE TUNE OF " MY DARLING CLEMENTINE "

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; STERLING

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; COAL ; DEATH ; Doctors ; FOOD ; HARP ; HEAVEN ; HELL ; MUSIC ; NUT ; Peanut ; REPETITION ; SATIRE ; SHOVELING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DONKEY AND A POSTAGE STAMP?
ONE YOU LICK WITH A STICK THE OTHER YOU STICK WITH A LICK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS SPOONERISM CONUNDRUM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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THE BEAR

FUZZY WUZZY WAS A BEAR,
FUZZY WUZZY HAD NO HAIR,
FUZZY WUZZY WASN'T FUZZY
WAS HE?

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; CHIASMUS: FUZZY WUZZY WASN'T FUZZY ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: AABC ; SONG

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

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC "LUCY"

LUCY MET THE TRAIN
THE TRAIN MET LUCY
THE TRACK WAS JUICY
THE JUICE WAS LUCY

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; EUPHEMISM ; FEMININE RHYME ; FINAL ITERATION ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABBC

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE

A FLEA AND A FLY IN A FLUE,/WERE IMPRISONED, SO WHAT COULD THEY DO?
SAID THE FLY ,LET US FLEE/ SAID THE FLEA, LET US FLY/
SO THEY FLEW THROUGH A FLAW IN THE FLUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; WORD PLAY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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VERSE TO LIVE BY

IT'S NICE TO BE IMPORTANT, BUT IT'S MORE
IMPORTANT TO BE NICE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-09-1971

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POPULAR SAYING

LOSERS, NEVER WIN
WINNERS, NEVER LOSE

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture

Date learned: CA0001970

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PROVERBIAL MAXIM

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

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

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1968

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PROVERB

A FOOL SAYS ALL HE THINKS RATHER THAN THINKS ALL HE SAYS.

Submitter comment: SEEN ON A SIGN OF KRANDEL JEWELWER IN HIGHLAND PARK, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS FOR CONTRAST.

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SMILE AWHILE

SMILE
AWHILE
AND WHILE YOU SMILE
ANOTHER
SMILES,
AND SOON THERE'S MILES
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

Date learned: C00001910

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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 LSD.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN DRUGS--OPIUM, LSD CHIASMUS ; RHYME: ABAB ; SUPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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IF THE POOR TAKES TOO MUCH FROM THE RICH
THEN THE RICH BECOME POOR.

Submitter comment: RICH MAN PROVERB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; REVERSAL OF SITUATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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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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LOOK FOR THE FASTBALL, AND YOU'LL HIT THE CURVE. LOOK FOR THE CURVE,
AND YOU WON'T HIT THE FASTBALL.
I HAD STRUCK OUT TWICE ON CURVE BALLS IN MY FIRST GAME IN THE PONY
LEAGUE. MISTER QUINN NOTICED MY FAULT AND CORRECTED ME. LOOK FOR THE
FASTBALL, AND YOU'LL HIT THE CURVE. LOOK FOR THE CURVE, AND YOU
WON'T HIT THE FASTBALL.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Keyword(s): BASEBALL

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; IRONY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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IF YOU TREAT A SICK CHILD LIKE AN ADULT AND A SICK ADULT LIKE
A CHILD, EVERYTHING USUALLY WORKS OUT PRETTY WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; CHIASMUS ; CURES ; ILLNESS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Remedy
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-17-1971

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ARABIAN MAXIM: TRANSLATION

IF YOU TRY TO MOVE TOO FAST, YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. IT
IS BETTER TO MOVE SLOWLY AND BE SAFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; CHIASMUS? ; SPEED

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING

Submitter comment: WHEN YOU'RE TEAM IS LOSING, OR THINGS AREN'T GOING WELL
YOU MUST BEAR DOWN AND TRY ALL THAT MUCH HARDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001980S

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POLISH SAYING

AS JACOB TO GOD, SO GOD TO JACOB.
(AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Farmington Hills

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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I LIKE THEM ALL, I LOVE THEM FEW,
THAT FEW IS ONE, THAT ONE IS YOU.

Submitter comment: MRS. FRANK BALLARD OF WESTERVILLE, OHIO SUBMITTED
THE ABOVE, TAKEN FROM HER 90-YEAR-OLD MOTHER'S
ALBUM, TO THE BUD GUEST "SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET"
PROGRAM. I RECEIVED A CARBON COPY OF THE SCRIPT FROM
WHICH MR. GUEST READ THE ABOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

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

Date learned: 00001890S

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