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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

FALSE TEETH, ROUGE, AND BORROWED HAIR/ MAY GIVE TO AGE A YOUTHFUL
AIRE./ BUT WHEN DEATH COMES TO CALL US HENCE/ THERE IS AN END OF
ALL PRETENCE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): MAKEUP WIG ; RHYME DEATH ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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UNDERTAKER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE
MY FATHER IS AN UNDERTAKER/ AND HE'LL GET YOU.

Where learned: SCRAPBOOK

Keyword(s): PARODY ; PLANTS FLOWERS ; QUATRAIN DEATH ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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WISECRACKS, GAGS, SILLY STORIES, INSULTS (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

ASHES TO ASHES,/ DUST TO DUST,/ IF BOYS DON'T GET YOU,/HALFWITS
MUST.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTUGRAPH BOOK 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): DEATH ; ITERATION ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

MM[ I LOVE YOU A BUSHEL
I LOVE YOU A PECK
IF YOU DON'T LOVE ME
I'LL BREAK YOUR NECK

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1956

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): IRREGULAR TWO-STRESS METER ; RHYME: ABCB ; THREAT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING
AND THE EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD;
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; CHARM ; PIOUS ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED, AND HAVE NOTHING TO EAT,
CUT OFF YOUR WHISKERS AND HAVE SHREDDED WHEAT.

Where learned: WARREN ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): CEREAL=SHREDDED WHEAT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GRANDMA HAS A HABIT
OF EATING IN HER SLEEP.
SHE CHEWS ON GRANDPA'S WHISKERS
AND THINKS IT'S SHREDDED WHEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CEREAL=SHREDDED WHEAT

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

Date learned: 06-00-1952

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CHANGE YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE, AND YOU'LL CHANGE
YOUR BOARDING HOUSE.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; THREAT?

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY FROM YETTA/ WHO FANCIED HERSELF IN A SWETTA/
THREE REASONS SHE HAD/ TO KEEP WARM WAS NOT BAD/ BUT THE OTHER TWO
REASONS WERE BETTA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): INDIRECTION FOR BREASTS ; SWEATER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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THE EGG

PUT AN EGG IN YOUR SHOE AND BEAT IT.

Submitter comment: MRS. FRENDO JUST SNICKERED AS SHE FINISHED THIS ONE, EXPECTING A
GROAN BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN SLANG: BEAT IT FOR GO AWAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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TOAST

THROUGH THE TEETH AND OVER THE GUMS,
LOOKOUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; MOCK GRACE BEFORE EATING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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WHAT DO YOU WANT?

THIS IS SAID IN A JOKING MANNER TO SOMEONE WHO IS BEING A NUISANCE.
WHAT DO YOU WANT, SIX MONTHS IN A HOSPITAL (SHAKE LEFT FIST AT
PERSON), OR SUDDEN DEATH (SHAKE RIGHT FIST AT PERSON)?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT CHOICE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLACK, / IF I HAD A KNIFE, I'D STICK IT IN
YOUR BACK.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT

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

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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WHEN YOUR HAIR HAS TURNED TO SILVER,
AND LIFE'S PATH NO MORE YOU TROD.
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,
IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEATH SALVATION NAME MAGIC ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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YOUR'S 'TILL THE MOUNTAIN PEAKS,
AND SEAS THE SALAD DRESSING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF A GROUP OF AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSES COLLECTED IN 1941.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; EUPHEMISM: HEAT FOR HELL ; PUNS ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS SALDESNIS US NEDIZ? - WHAT IS SWEETER THAN HONEY?
A: MIEGAS - SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (A) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND ; EATABLE (HONEY) (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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COMMERCIAL RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A HEAD BUT NO HAIR?
A: KOEHLER BEER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG: HEAD FOR FOAM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS A HEAD AND CANNOT THINK?
A: A CABBAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; PART OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS ONE LEG AND HIS HEART IN HIS HEAD?
A: A STUFFED CABBAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; PART OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): VEGETABLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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