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"OH, CAPTAIN! OH, CAPTAIN! LET'S MAKE FOR SHORE,
FOR THE WINDS THEY DO RAGE, AND THE WAVES THEY DO ROAR!"
"NAY, NAY," SAID THE CAPTAIN, "THOUGH THE FIERCE WINDS MAY
BLOW,
I WILL STICK TO MY VESSEL, WITH A YO-HEAVE-A YOH.
FAREWELL TO THE MAIDEN, THE GIRL I ADORE,
FAREWELL TO MY FRIENDS, I SHALL SEE THEM NO MORE."
THE CREW SHRIEKED WITH TERROR, THE CAPTAIN HE SWORE:
THEY HAD STRUCK ON A SANDBANK, SO THE MEN WALKED ASHORE.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): ACCIDENTS SHIPS ; METER: ANAPESTIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, AAAA ; SURPRISE ENDING DIALOGUE ; THIRD PERSON NARRATIVE

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

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DIRTY OLD MAN: "THE WHIP THE WHIP"
YOUNG LADY: "NO, ANYTHING BUT THE WHIP"
DIRTY OLD MAN: "ANYTHING?"
YOUNG LADY: "THE WHIP, THE WHIP"

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Where learned: Massachusetts ; Framingham

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Masochism ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 00-00-1970

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DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"
YOUNG LADY: "NO, I'LL SCREAM"
DIRTY OLD MAN: "HOW LOUD CAN YOU SCREAM?"
YOUNG LADY: "HELP:" (VERY FAINTLY)
DIRTY OLD MAN: "TO THE WOODS, TO THE WOODS"

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Where learned: Massachusetts ; Framingham

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Rape ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SONG

(G) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?"
(B) MY NAME IS LEMME."
(G) "LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?"
(B) " LEMME KISS YA."

(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME IS IDA."
(B) "IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "IDA WANTA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME'S ALASKA."
(B) "ALASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "ALASKA MY MAMA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
(G) MY NAME IS OLLIE.
(B) OLLIE WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
(G) OLLIE-RIGHT}
(THEY KISS)

Submitter comment: CHILDREN'S SONG TO BE SUNG BY A GIRL AND BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUNS ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S SONG

OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, BILLY BOY, BILLY BOY
OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, CHARMING BILLY
I HAVE BEEN TO SEEK A WIFE
SHE'S THE JOY OF MY LIFE
BUT SHE'S A YOUNG THING, AND CANNOT
LEAVE HER MA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ALL I CAN RECALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; SAINT MARK ; SAINT MARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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RIME

MOTHER MAY I GO OUT TO SWIM?
YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER.
HANG YOUR CLOTHES ON A HICKORY LIMB
BUT DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): COMMAND ; DIALOGUE ; FAMILY ; FEMININE RHYME ; RHYME: ABAB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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VERSE

MOTHER, MOTHER, WHAT IS THAT
HANGING DOWN OLD GRANDMA'S BACK?
SHUT YOUR MOUTH YOU DIRTY THING,
THAT'S YOUR GRANDMA'S CORSET STRING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS SAID WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD DURING THE 1920,S

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DIALOGUE ; IMPROPRIETY ; QUESTION AND ANSWER ; RHYME: ABCC

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY NAMED SUE/WHO SAW A STRANGE BEAST AT THE ZOO.
WHEN SHE ASKED, IS IT OLD?/ SHE WAS SMILINGLY TOLD,/ IT'S NOT AN OLD
BEAST, BUT A GNU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; DIALOGUE ; PUN ; RHYME: AABBA

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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NURSERY RHYME

AS I WALKED BY MYSELF AND TALKED TO MYSELF
MYSELF SAID UNTO ME, LOOK TO THYSELF, TAKE CARE OF THYSELF,
FOR NOBODY CARES FOR THEE. I ANSWERED MYSELF,
AND SAID TO MYSELF IN THE SAME REPARTEE, LOOK TO THYSELF,
OR NOT TO THYSELF, THE SELF-SAME THING WILL BE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FATE ; MONOLOGUE AS DIALOGUE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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EXCHANGE

YOU REMIND ME OF A MAN.
WHAT MAN?
THE MAN OF POWER.
WHAT POWER?
THE POWER OF VOODOO.
WHO DO?
YOU DO.
WHAT?
REMIND ME OF A MAN.

Submitter comment: THIS EXCHANGE IS USUALLY DONE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE AND IN FRONT OF
SOMEONE THAT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.
THIS EXCHANGE IS ALSO USUALLY REPEATED A COUPLE OF TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSE ROUND DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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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.

Data entry tech comment:

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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"MOMMY, MOMMY" JOKE

"MOMMY, MOMMY" HOW COME I KEEP RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES?"
"SHUT UP OR, I'LL NAIL YOUR OTHER FOOT TO THE FLOOR"

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT MOMMY, MOMMY JOKES WERE POPULAR IN HIS
CLASS AT SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment: CHAPTER 6 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; CHILD ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; RUNNING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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TRUE RIDDLE

JUDGE: WHERE WERE YOU ON THE NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 30TH?
VICTIM: THERE IS NO FEBRUARY 30TH.
JUDGE: OH SO YOU STOLE THAT TOO.
LEARNED FROM OLDER BROTHER.

Data entry tech comment: CHAPTER 2 IN "WITCRACKS" BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): COURTROOM ; DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; STEALING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 11-21-1965

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MULTIPLICATION IS VEXATION,
DIVISION IS AS BAD,
THE RULE OF THREE DOTH PUZZLE ME,
AND PRACTICE DRIVES ME MAD.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN HER MOTHER'S ARITHMETIC BOOK FROM CLEVELAND, OHIO
DATED 1957.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DIALOGUE ; HUMOR ; MATHEMATICS ; QUATRAIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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SICK JOKE

"CAN TOM COME OUT AND PLAY BASEBALL?""YOU KNOW THAT TOM DOESN'T HAVE
ANY ARMS OR LEGS." "THAT'S ALRIGHT, WE'LL USE HIM FOR THIRD BASE."

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS WHEN HE WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL IN DEARBORN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DIALOGUE, CRUEL HUMOR, SICK HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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OLD MRS. WITCH - SONG

OLD MRS. WITCH. OLD MRS. WITCH
TELL ME HOW YOU FLY. TELL ME HOW YOU FLY.
I FLY UPON MY BROOMSTICK, WAY UP TO THE SKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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"THE COOKIE JAR SONG"

DAD: "MOMMY STOLE A COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR."
MOM: "WHO, ME?"
FAMILY: "YES YOU!"
MOM: "COULDN'T BE!"
FAMILY: "THEN WHO?"
MOM: "DADDY STOLE A COOKIE FROM THE COOKIE JAR!"
DAD: "WHO, ME?"

Submitter comment: THIS SONG CAN CONTINUE ON UNTIL THE FAMILY
DECIDES TO STOP SINGING. IT CAN BE STARTED BY
ANY MEMBER, AND IS TOSSED RANDOMLY FROM PERSON TO PERSON
DEPENDING ON THE PREVIOUSLY CHOSEN STEALER'S PREFERENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED ITEM AS A BOY

Keyword(s): SNACK

James Callow Keyword(s): QUESTION AND ANSWER DIALOGUE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00001960S

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Are you going down there later?
Down where?
Down the sewer with the rest of the shit.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Big Rapids

James Callow Keyword(s): Comic dialogue

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1987

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"Hello Jim. Is that you?"
"This is what's left of me."
"Well, I'd heard you'd been murdered."
"So did I. But I knew it was a lie as soon as I
heard it."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIALOGUE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001980S

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