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ONE FOR THE MONEY,
TWO FOR THE SHOW,
THREE TO GET READY,
AND FOUR TO GO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUNTING RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

1, 2, 3, ALARRY;
4, 5, 6, ALARRY;
7, 8, 9, ALARRY;
10 ALARRY, KINGDOM COME.

Submitter comment: SPELLING OF ALARRY CAME FROM INFORMANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 10-16-1974

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TWO, FOUR, SIX, EIGHT

TWO, FOUR, SIX, EIGHT
WHO DO WE APPRECIATE
OUR TEAM, OUR TEAM
RAH, RAH, RAH!

TWO, FOUR, SIX, EIGHT
WHO DO WE REALLY HATE?
THEIR TEAM, THEIR TEAM
RAH, RAH, RAH!

TWO FOUR, SIX, EIGHT, TEN
(NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL)'S GOING TO DO YOU IN.
O-O-O-H A-A-A-H
WE GOT THE POWER!

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THESE ARE REALLY THREE SEPARATE CHEERS I COMBINED THEM
INTO ONE ITEM BECAUSE OF THEIR SIMILARITY TO EACH OTHER. THE
FIRST ONE IS THE TRADITIONAL CUB SCOUT BASEBALL CHEER FOR OUR AREA.
THE SECOND CHEER IS ALSO SAID BY THE CUB SCOUTS AND THEIR FANS IF
THEY ARE FEELING IN A PARTICULARLY NASTY MOOD. THE THIRD CHEER (AS
THE GREATER AMOUNT OF NUMBERS USED INDICATES)
IS SAID BY A SLIGHTLY
HIGHER EDUCACATIONAL GROUP. I'VE HEARD IT SAID MOST FREQUENTLY
AT HIGH SCHOOL GAMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

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Belief: Children's Song

WHEN WALKING DOWN THE STREET SOME CHILDREN WILL CAREFULLY WATCH
WHERE THEY STEP AND SAY, "IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK YOUR MOTHER'S
GOT A BROKEN BACK, AND IF YOU STEP ON A LINE YOUR FATHER DRINKS
WINE.

Submitter comment:

I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 12-01-2010 / Motifs and Keywords added by TRD

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; Back ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Crack ; Father ; GAME ; Line ; MOTHER ; RHYME ; SONG ; Spine ; SUPERSTITION ; VERSE ; Wine

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.520
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.533
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001958-00001966

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CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLER

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLER/
WENT UPSTAIRS TO KISS HER FELLOW/ ON THE WAY HER GIRDLE BUSTED/ HOW
MANY PEOPLE WERE DISGUSTED?/ 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100/ ROPE IS
SKIPPED ONCE FOR EACH NUMBER RECITED.
A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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SHIRLEY TEMPLE

SHIRLEY TEMPLE SAT ON A PIN/
HOW MANY INCHES DID IT GO IN/ 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100. ROPE
IS SKIPPED ONCE FOR EACH NUMBER RECITED.
A RHYME RECITED WHILE JUMPING ROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING ; MOVIE CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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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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CHOOSING SIDES

BEFORE A BASEBALL GAME TWO CHILDREN TOSS A BASEBALL BAT
BETWEEN THEM AND THEN PUT FIST OVER FIST UP TO TOP TO SEE
WHO CHOOSES A TEAMMATE FIRST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT

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

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LADYBUG, LADYBUG, TURN AROUND, LADYBUG, LADYBUG, TOUCH THE GROUND,
LADYBUG, LADYBUG, SHINE YOUR SHOES, LADYBUG LADYBUG, READ THE NEWS,
LADYBUG, LADYBUG, HOW OLD ARE YOU? ONE, TWO, THREE...

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR
WHO ARE WE FOR
(FITZGUALD THAT'S WHO)
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT
WHO DO WE HATE
(NAME OPPOSING TEAM)

Submitter comment: FOOTBALL VERSE OR ANY OTHER GAME.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUNTING

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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RHYME, COUNTING OUT

1
THIS OLD MAN
HE PLAYED ONE
HE PLAYED KNICK-KNACK
ON MY THUMB,
CHORUS
WITH A KNICK-KNACK
PADDY-WHACK
GIVE YOUR DOG A BONE,
THIS OLD MAN CAME ROLLING HOME.

Submitter comment: THE OTHER VERSES FOLLOW THE SAME PATTERN AND ARE ALL FOLLOWED
BY THE CHORUS:
2 HE PLAYED TWO - ON MY SHOE, (CH.
3 HE PLAYED THREE - IN A TREE, (CH.
4 HE PLAYED FOUR - ON MY DOOR, (CH.
5 HE PLAYED FIVE - ON A HIVE, (CH.
6 HE PLAYED SIX - WITH SOME STICKS, (CH.
7 HE PLAYED SEVEN - UP IN HEAVEN, (CH.
8 HE PLAYED EIGHT - ON MY GATE, (CH.
9 HE PLAYED NINE - ALL THE TIME, (CH.
10 HE PLAYED TEN - ON HIS HEN, (CH.

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: --

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ONE-TWO

ONE-TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE.
THREE-FOUR SHUT THE DOOR.
FIVE-SIX PICK UP STICKS.
SEVEN-EIGHT SET THEM STRAIGHT
NINE-TEN THE BIG FAT HEN

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN DETROIT IN CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUNTING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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"READY"

APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE,
WHO'S NOT READY,
HOLLER "I"

Submitter comment: CALLED OUT BY PERSON WHO IS "IT" IN TAG.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRUIT ; VEGETABLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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COUNTING VERSE

ONE, TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE
THREE, FOUR SHUT THE DOOR
FIVE, SIX PICK UP STICKS
SEVEN, EIGHT LAY THEM STRAIGHT
NINE, TEN BIG FAT HEN.

Submitter comment: I REMEMBER THIS VERSE FROM MY CHILDHOOD, BUT CAN ONLY ASSOCIATE
IT WITH COUNTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT NUMBERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.534

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TEN LITTLE INDIANS

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.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.534

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

I ASKED MY MOTHER FOR FIFTEEN CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE
HE JUMPED SO HIGH
HE TOUCHED THE SKY
AND DIDN'T GET BACK
TILL THE FOURTH OF JULY.
HOW HIGH DID HE JUMP?
1, 2, 3, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COUNTING ; HYBERBOLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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COUNT TO TEN

IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING WHEN LEAVING YOUR HOUSE AND HAVE
TO GO BACK FOR IT, BE SURE TO SIT DOWN AND COUNT TO TEN BEFORE
YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; NUMBERS: TEN ; SUPERNATURAL: COUNTING TO TEN ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- BELIEF
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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