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MY LOVE FOR YOU WILL HEAD MY LIST,
SO THINK OF ME WHEN YOU DO THE TWIST.

Submitter comment: HE IS MY FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TWIST=A DANCE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SINGING, DANCING, AND CLAPPING GAME

WHAT CAN YOU DO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA?
WHAT CAN YOU DO PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE?
I CAN DO THE TWIST PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA
I CAN DO THE TWIST PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLE IN MY SHOE.
I CAN DO THE JERK PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLA.
I CAN DO THE JERK PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA, PUNCHINELLE,
WE CAN DO IT TOO PUNCHINELLA IN MY SHOE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DANCE ; NAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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JOKE

THERE WAS A MAN WHO HAD A WOODEN EYE. BECAUSE OF HIS WOODEN EYE,
HE WAS NOT TOO CONFIDENT. ONE NIGHT HIS FRIENDS COAXED HIM TO COME
TO A DANCE WITH THEM. OVER IN THE CORNER HE SAW A GIRL SITTING.
HE COULD SEE THAT SHE WAS NOT TOO PRETTY AND SHE HAD A HARELIP.
WELL, HE FIGURED HE WAS NO HOTSHOT HIMSELF WITH HIS WOODEN EYE.
SO HE WENT OVER AND ASKED HER, "WOULD YOU CARE TO DANCE?" --
"WOULD I? WOULD I?" SHE SHOUTED. "HARELIP, HARELIP"
HE SHOUTED BACK.

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CHAPTER 3 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): DANCE ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; METONYMY ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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THE BROLGA

THE BROLGA OR AUSTRALIAN CRANE
HOLDS DANCING ORGIES ON THE PLAIN;
AND STUDENTS OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET
HAVE CREPT IN CROWDS ACROSS THE MALLEE
FAR BEYOND THE DESERT GRASSES
TO WHERE THE BROLGA HOLDS ITS CLASSES;
AND MANY A MOTIF FOR THE LEG
HAS EMANATED FROM AN EGG.
BUT CERTAIN PURISTS DO NOT CARE
FOR SUCH TECHNIQUE AND PRUDES DECLARE
SPECIFIC MOVEMENTS OF THE BROLGA
UNACADEMIC, IF NOT VOLGA.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ASSONANCE ; DANCE ; HUMOR ; MONOLOGUE ; PRONUNCIATION ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative C820.444

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COMING HOME LATE AT NIGHT, I TURNED INTO MY SUBDIVISION
WHEN ON THE LEFT I SAW A FAINT WHITE GLOW. IT WAS A VISION.
IT LOOKED LIKE A YOUNG GIRL, RUNNING, RUNNING WITH NO
SHOES ON, HER DRESS (WAS) FLOWING. I SCREAMED AND
PRESSED THE ACCELERATOR--THEN THOUGHT TO MYSELF
"HOW STRANGE?" I THINK IT WAS AN ANGEL GOING TO A PROM.
BUT SHE DIDN'T HAVE A COMPANION OR SHOES.

Submitter comment: I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO BELIEVE THIS STORY OR NOT.
JAMES TOLD ME THIS STORY THE NIGHT IT OCCURRED AND THIS
VERSION SEEMS TO BE A BIT EXAGERRATED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): DANCE

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Angel

Date learned: 05-00-1985

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Car Dancing

When in the car, and a good song comes on the radio, a car dance
is called. It consists of a series of motions, dictated by the
driver.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): DANCE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001986ca

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WHITE DRESSES

IN HIGH SCHOOL, THE NUNS TOLD THE GIRLS NOT TO WEAR
WHITE DRESSES TO THE PROM, BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE
THE BOYS THINK OF BEDSHEETS AND GIVE THEM "SINFUL"
THOUGHTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DANCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHITE DRESSES

IN HIGH SCHOOL, THE NUNS TOLD THE GIRLS NOT TO WEAR
WHITE DRESSES TO THE PROM, BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE
THE BOYS THINK OF BEDSHEETS AND GIVE THEM "SINFUL"
THOUGHTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DANCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Retort

A) "You dance very well."

B) "I wish I could say the same about you."

A) "Oh, you could, if you were as big a fibber as I am!"

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Retort? Double A! A gives the punch line, not B.

The original Title [Smart Aleck Saying] has been crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; DANCE ; Fibber ; INSULT ; Liar ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IF THE LEAVES DANCE, IT'S GOING TO SNOW.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): DANCE ; Leaves ; OMEN ; SIGN ; SNOW ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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A POLISH SONG: STEEL TIPPED DANCE SHOES, FLASH AND SPARKLE

STEEL_TIPPED DANCE SHOES, FLASH AND SPARKLE
FOR THIS GIRL'S A WORTHY PARTNER
BE SHE WORTHY OR NOT WORTHY
STEEL_TIPPED DANCE SHOES FLASH AND SPARKLE.
POLISH TEXT AND MUSIC NOT KEYPUNCHED.

Submitter comment:

THE FIRST VERSE IS TRANSLATED BY HARRIET PAWLAWSKA AND MUSIC IS
TRANSCRIBED BY GRACE ENGEL. FOR THE SECOND VERSE I HAVE NO MUSIC
TRANSCRIBED SO I JUST PRESENT THE WORDS AS I KNOW THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

THE INFORMANT STATES THAT THERE IS A SECOND VERSE BUT IT IS NOT
LOCATED ON THE FILE CARD.

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Scanning of music card in progress

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): DANCE ; ETHNIC ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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