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FORMULAIC VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

I WENT TO THE RIVER, I COULDN'T GET ACROSS,
SO I PAID SIX BITS FOR AN OLD GRAY HORSE,
I RODE HIM IN, HE WOULDN'T PULL,
SO I RODE HIM OUT AND TRADED HIM FOR A BULL.
THE BULL WOULDN'T HOLLAR, SO I TRADED FOR A DOLLAR,
THE DOLLAR WOULDN'T PAY, SO I TRADED FOR SOME HAY,
THE HAY WOULDN'T GROW, SO I TRADED FOR A HOE,
THE HOE WOULDN'T DIG, SO I TRADED FOR A PIG,
THE PIG WOULDN'T SQUEAL, SO I TRADED FOR A WHEEL,
THE WHEEL WOULDN'T RUN, SO I TRADED FOR A GUN.
THE GUN WOULDN'T SHOOT, SO I TRADED FOR A BOOT.
THE BOOT WOULDN'T FIT, SO I GUESS I'D BETTER QUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONEY FUTILITY BARTER ; RHYME: INTERNAL, IMPERFECT ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB

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

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PLAYING BOTH ENDS AGAINST THE MIDDLE IS A FAT MAN
TRYING TO BUCKLE HIS BELT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEFINITION

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; FUTILITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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PROVERB

PLAYING HORSE WITH A BILLY GOAT

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMALS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUTILITY?

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CONTEST

HE HAS AS MUCH CHANCE AS A ONE LEGGED MAN IN AN ASS-KICKIN.

Submitter comment: USUALLY SAID WHEN YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE ENTERING SOME TYPE OF
COMPETITIVE EVENT, AND HE DOESN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUTILITY ; SIMILE COMPARISON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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