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There goes (insert a playmate's name) floatin' down the
Delaware, chewing on his underwear, couldn't 'ford another
pair. Ten days later eaten by polar bear. Poor old
polar bear died.

Submitter comment: My brothers and sisters and I used to sing this to antagonize
each other.
Sung to the tune "Old Grey Mare."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): Afford ; Eaten

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 00001980S

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I'M GOING TO GET YOU

THERE IS AN ITALIAN GESTURE IN WHICH ONE BITES HIS HAND
WITH HATE IN HIS EYES (AS ONLY THE ITALIANS CAN DO IT)
WHICH MEANS, I'M GOING TO GET YOU! (GOD HELP YOU).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): THREAT THREATENING GESTURE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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LEGEND

IF YOU WERE A BAD BOY WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG AND YOUR PARENTS
COULDN'T CONTROL YOU THEY WOULD SEND YOU AWAY TO THIS OLD
MAN'S HOUSE WHERE HE WOULD BEAT YOU TO MAKE YOU LISTEN. YOUR
PARENTS COULD ALSO CALL HIM ON THE PHONE AND TELL HIM YOU WERE
BAD AND HE WOULD COME TO YOUR HOUSE IF YOUR PARENTS WANTED HIM.
HIS NAME WAS MR. SKEEZIX. TO GET YOU TO OBEY YOUR PARENTS WOULD
SAY: "DO YOU WANT ME TO CALL MR. SKEEZIX?"
THAT WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU LISTEN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): Behave ; Boogeyman ; CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Misbehaving ; Mr. Skeezix ; Parent ; Punish ; THREAT ; Threaten

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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