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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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THERE WAS A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED BRIGHT,
WHOSE SPEED WAS MUCH FASTER THAN LIGHT.
SHE SET OUT ONE DAY,
IN A RELATIVE WAY,
AND RETURNED ON THE PREVIOUS NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): HUMOR, FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; INDIRECTION LIMERICK ; METER: ANAPESTIC TETRAMETER ; QUATRAIN CONTRADICTIONS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBA ; RIDICULE NONSENSE

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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A GOWN WITH A PARIS LABEL,
IS A THING TO SHOUT ABOUT,
IN FACT, IF I WERE ABLE,
I'D WEAR IT INSIDE OUT.

Submitter comment: JEFF HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): CLOTHES FASHION ; HUMOR OVERSTATEMENT OBSERVATION WISH ; IAMBIC METER ; RHYME: FEMININE, IMPERFECT, ABAB ; SURPRISE ENDING QUATRAIN CONTRADICTION

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

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SPARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK,
WHO THE TELL YOU ARE I HINK.
I'M NOT IMBRICATED,
I'M NOT AS DRUNK AS SOME TINKLE PEEP I AM.
I'VE ONLY HAD TEA MARTOONIES,
ANYWAY I'VE ALL DAY SOBER TO SUNDAY UP IN.
I FOOL SO FEELISH, I DON'T KNOW WHO IS ME YET,
BUT THE DRUNKER I STAND HERE,
THE LONGER I GET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS MONOLOGUE HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM PARODY DRINKING ; NONSENSE WORDS METER TROCHEE ; TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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TOUGH, ROUGH AND HARD TI DIAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CONTRADICTION ; TAUNT?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHILDREN'S RIME

OND DARK NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY,
TWO DEAD BOYS WENT OUT TO PLAY.
BACK TO BACK THEY FACED EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE SHOT,
AND CAME AND GOT THEM TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS STORY THAT'S TRUE,
ASK ANY BLIND MAN, HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

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

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN,

Data entry tech comment: QUOTATION MARKS ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION ; OXYMORON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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BLIND MAN WELLERISM

"I SEE", SAID THE BLIND MAN AS HE PICKED UP HIS HAMMER AND SAW.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS WELLERISM IS PERHAPS THE MOST POPULAR. I HAVE
HEARD THIS SAID IN MANY DIFFERENT PLACES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION ; PUN ; TOOLS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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"I SEE", SAID THE BLIND MAN TO HIS DEAF AND DUMB WIFE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JONESBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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TOM SWIFT

"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN TO HIS DEAF WIFE AS HE WALKED DOWN THE
STREET ON NO LEGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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BLIND MAN WELLERISM

"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN TO HIS DEAF WIFE WHO COULD NOT HEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN TO THE DEAF DOG AS THEY WALKED ALONG.

Where learned: INDIANA ; University of Notre Dame

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 02-04-1971

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I SEE

"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN TO THE DEAF MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 03-03-1967

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I SINK LIKE A STONE WHEN I SWIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METAPHOR, ALLITERATION, SWIMMING, OBSERVATION, CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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WELLERISM

"I SEE", SAID THE BLIND MAN TO THE DEAF MAN OVER
THE TELEPHONE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A WELLERISM, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE A DEAF
MAN LISTENING AND A BLIND MAN SEEING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS ; PARADOX

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

THINGS ARE HARD TO REMEMBER.
THINGS ARE HARD TO FORGET.
BUT THE HARDEST THING TO REMEMBER
IS TO REMEMBER NOT TO FORGET.

Submitter comment: RHYME FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTION ; INFORMATIVE ; METER: TROCHEES ; OBSERVATION ; PARADOX ; QUATRAIN ; REMEMBRANCE ; REPETITION ; RHYME: ABAB

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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ONE BRIGHT DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS GOT UP TO FIGHT,
DREW THEIR SWORDS AND SHOT EACH OTHER,
DREW THEIR GUNS AND FOUGHT EACH OTHER.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE
AND CAME AND SHOT THE TWO DEAD BOYS.
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS LIE IS TRUE
ASK THE BLIND MAN; HE SAW IT TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative Prose Narrative

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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IN OBERAMERGAUE, GERMANY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME, THEY
HOLD A PASSION PLAY, DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.

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

Keyword(s): BIRTH OF OUR LORD=CHRISTMAS. ; SOME CONTRADICTION HERE--PASSION PLAY=CRUCIFIXION.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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IN OBERAMERGAUE, GERMANY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME, THEY
HOLD A PASSION PLAY, DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.

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

Keyword(s): BIRTH OF OUR LORD=CHRISTMAS. ; SOME CONTRADICTION HERE--PASSION PLAY=CRUCIFIXION.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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WELLERISM

"I SEE," SAID THE BLIND MAN TO HIS DEAF WIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAVORITE SAYING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): IRONY CONTRADICTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 04-01-1969

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