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LYRICAL VERSE

OH, I DON'T CARE IF IT RAINS OR FREEZES,
LONG AS I HAVE MY PLASTIC JESUS,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR;
THUNDER ROAR AND LIGHTNING CRASH,
I WON'T FEAR; HE'S ON THE DASH,
TAKE HIM WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL FAR.

OH, I CAN DRIVE FROM COAST TO COAST,
LONG AS I HAVE MY HOLY GHOST,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR;
GOIN' NINETY I AIN'T WARY,
CAUSE I GOT MY VIRGIN MARY,
GUARANTEEIN' I WON'T GO TO HELL.

OH, I DON'T CARE IF IT'S DARK AND SCARY,
LONG AS I HAVE MY VIRGIN MARY,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT ; SAILING CLUB PARTY

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; FEMININE RHYME ; IMPERFECT RHYME: FREEZES JESUS ; RELIGION ; RHYME: AABCCB ; SLANG FOR DASHBOARD CLIPPING ; STATUES USED AS AMULETS IN AUTOMOBILES ; TRAVEL

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

Date learned: 10-23-1971

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APPRECIATION OF FRIENDS

IT IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES,
HOW SWEET AND SOUR OUR LIVES CAN BE.
BUT IF WE COULD LOVE AS WELL AS WE HATE,
WHAT FEW TROUBLES WOULD BE LEFT TO SEE.
FOR JOYS WOULD RESULT WITH NO SORROWS FELT,
THUS LEAVING OUR HEARTS SO EASY TO MELT.

Where learned: JAPAN ; TOKYO

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; ASSONANCE ; CONTRAST ; FREE VERSE ; HATE ; INFORMATIVE ; LOVE ; METAPHOR ; RHYME: ABCBEE ; SERIOUSNESS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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FREEZE TAG

PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PLAYERS, WHOEVER IS IT MUST TRY TO FREEZE ALL
THE PLAYERS BY TAGGING THEM. BUT A PLAYER WHO IS NOT FROZEN MAY
UNFREEZE A FROZEN PERSON BY TAGGING THEM. THE FIRST PERSON TAGGED IS
IT FOR THE NEXT GAME AND THE LAST PERSON TO BE TAGGED IS THE WINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR: FREEZE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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RIDDLE

IF YOU HAD A HUNDRED MORONS SITTING AROUND A TABLE DRINKING
TAB, EATING APPLES AND SINGING, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE?
THE MORON TAB AND APPLE CHOIR.

Submitter comment:

MR. CARAHER IS IN CONTACT WITH A GOOD MANY PEOPLE DUE TO
THE NATURE OF HIS JOB. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW JOKES THAT HE
GETS A KICK OUT OF PASSING ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR ; TAB IS A SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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IF YOU PUT WEDDING CAKE UNDER YOUR PILLOW YOU WILL DREAM ABOUT THE
MAN YOU WISH TO MARRY. IF YOU PUT IT IN THE DEEP FREEZE YOU WILL
POSTPONE THE MEETING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): FREEZER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-15-1987 ; 10-14-1987

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POLISH PROVERB

THE MICE SAFELY CAN RUN AROUND WHEN THE CAT ISN'T HOME.
TRANSLATION OF:
BEZPIECZNIE MYSZY BIEGAJA, GAY ROTA U DOMU NIE MAJA.

Submitter comment: I KNOW THIS FROM HOME.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): FREEDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Ethnic Joke: Black

Ethnic (Black) Joke:

Did you hear about the accident on the Lodge Freeway Yesterday?

A colored guy stuck his head out of the window while travelling 60 mph, and his lips beat him to death!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word negro is written in the top left hand corner of the submission card.

Submission card was located in a pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; DEROGATORY ; DEROGATORY SLANG ; Distasteful Jokes ; ETHNIC JOKE ; Freeway ; NEGRO ; RACISM ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566
RIDDLE -- W566
Filter - Mature Content

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Belief: Animal

Agricultural Belief:

A Bull Frog croaks and freezes 3 times before winter.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Fall ; Freeze ; FROG ; Frozen ; Rebirth ; SEASONS ; SUPERSTITION ; WINTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Play on Words

Girls:

One of the most expensive things in this world can be a girl who says she is free for the evening.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): DATE ; DATING ; Expense ; Expensive ; Free ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; MONEY ; PUN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B300

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Proverb

You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DRINK ; Free-will ; HORSE ; Instruct ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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ANGORA BELIEF

PUT ANGORA YARN IN THE ICEBOX A FEW HOURS BEFORE YOU
PLAN TO USE IT FOR KNITTING;
IT KEEPS THE YARN FROM SHEDDING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Angora ; Craft ; Freeze ; Shedding ; Textile ; Tips ; Yarn

Subject headings: Custom

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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CHURCHES AS SANCTUARIES FOR DRAFT PROTESTERS

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN, HAS OFFERRED
ITSELF AS A SANTUARY FOR 17 PROTESTERS OF THE VIET NAM [sic] WAR.
AND THE DRAFT

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTI-WAR ; CHURCH ; Free Speech ; Pacifist ; Protestor ; Sanctuary ; St. Paul's Episcopal Church ; VIETNAM ; WAR

James Callow Keyword(s): REFUGE

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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