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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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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

IF YOU WANT TO DANCE, YOU MUST PAY THE FIDDLER.
YOU DON'T GET NOTHING FOR NOTHING IN THIS WORLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE

James Callow Keyword(s): DOUBLE NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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DOWN TO THE PRESS THE PUWICE GOES (QUINCE?)
AND'S PRESSED TILL OUT THE CIDER FLOWS
IT FLOWS INTO THE CIDER TANKS
MONSTROUS FELLOWS ALL IN RANKS. MM
THEN THEY THE BARRELS WITH CIDER FILL
AND FREIGHT TRAINS TAKE IT FROM THE MILL
THEY FREIGHT IT TO SOME DISTANT TOWN
WHERE OLD TOPERS DRINK IT DOWN.

Where learned: FAMILY JOURNAL

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; HUMOR ; RHYME DOUBLE ; RHYME: AABBCCDD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.443

Date learned: 11-08-1969

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Entertainment: Song

Jump-Rope Game:

"Double Dutch"

Lemonade, Lemonade,
Made in the shade.
Five cents a glass,
As big as an elephant's ass...K your mother!

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ASS ; Cents ; Double Dutch ; ELEPHANT ; Entertainment ; Five ; GLASS ; Jump Rope ; Lemonade ; MONEY ; Play ; RHYME ; Shade ; SONG ; VERSE

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

Jump-Rope Game:

'Double Dutch'

As two people throw two ropes simultaneously in opposite directions, a third person tries to jump both ropes. There is no rhyme to accompany the skipping. It's hard enough to concentrate on the jumping.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Double ; DUTCH ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Jump ; Jump Rope ; Rope ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

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