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AUTOGRAPH

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND MOVE DOWN SOUTH
REMEMBER ME AND MY BIG MOUTH.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUPLET ; FRIENDSHIP ; MARRAIGE ; RHYME AA ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
ORCHIDS ARE $6.50
WILL DANDELIONS DO?

Data entry tech comment: QUESTION MARK ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE ; PARODY ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN TWILIGHT DRAWS THE CURTAIN
AND PINS IT WITH A STAR
REMEMBER I WILL THINK OF YOU
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.
1939 BIRCH TREE, MO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; LOVE ; RHYME ABCB

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

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

ALWAYS THE SAME AS B/4
1939 BIRCH TREE, MO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): DIGITAL VERSE ; FRIENDSHIP ; PAST ; REMEMBERANCE ; TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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YOURS TILL NELL BLOWS HER NOSE ON YOUR HOSE.
YOURS TILL TO-MORROW.
YOURS TILL COWS MILK.
YOURS TILL AUSTRIA GETS HUNGARY AND FRIES TURKEY IN GREECE.
BUTTER IS FAT
AND SO IS CHEESE.
HOW ABOUT A HUG OR A SQUEEZE?
SPAGHETTI IS STRONGER,
SALAMI IS LONGER,
NOW'S THE TIME TO FALL IN LOVE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP

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

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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YOURS TILL NIAGARA FALLS.

Submitter comment: THIS SIGNATURE WAS USED BY SUE MC ANINCH TO THE
VERSE IN KATHY'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; LOCATION ; PUN

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

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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YOURS 'TIL THE OCEAN RUNS DRY.
YOURS TIL THE KITCHEN SINKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; PUN

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

Date learned: 04-18-1971

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SEVERED FRIENDSHIP

IF YOU HAND A PERSON A PAIR OF SCISSORS WITHOUT FIRST
LAYING THEM DOWN, THE SCISSORS WILL SPLIT THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN YOU AND THE OTHER PERSON.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS MANY FRIENDS WHO FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT
THIS IS TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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PROVERB

A DOG IS A MAN'S BEST FRIEND.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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HOW TO KEEP A FRIENDSHIP

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING DOWN A STREET AND THEY COME UPON
ANY KIND OF OBSTRUCTION, IF ONE WALKS ON ONE SIDE OF THE POLE
AND THE OTHER ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE, THE FRIENDSHIP WILL BREAK
APART.

Submitter comment:

BOB TOLD ME THIS WALKING BACK FROM CLASS, AND I WALKED ON THE
OTHE R SIDE OF THE POLE FROM HIM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; FRIENDSHIP ; Relationship ; Sever ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; HOMEOPATHIC ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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NEVER GIVE OR ACCEPT ANYTHING SHARP OR POINTED TO A FRIEND
BECAUSE IT WILL SEVER THE RELATIONS WITH THAT PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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CUSTOM

WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT IN HER FAMILY,
THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES THE SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT GIVES THE GIVER
A PENNY TO SYMBOLIZE THAT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BREAK UP AS A
RESULT OF THE GIFT. THE SUPERSTITION, THAT GIVING A SHARP OBJECT
AS A GIFT WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP, IS COUNTERACTED
BY THE PENNY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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BELIEF

IF YOU GIVE SOMEBODY A PIN (A PIECE OF JEWELRY) FOR A GIFT, ALSO
GIVE A PENNY OR YOU'LL BREAK UP THE FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): GIFT PENNY FRIENDSHIP

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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WHEN YOU GIVE A PERSON A KNIFE AS A GIFT, YOU MUST GIVE SOME MONEY
WITH IT OR THE KNIFE WILL CUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH THAT PERSON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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IF YOU EVER GIVE A WALLET AS A GIFT TO SOMEONE,
ALWAYS PUT SOME MONEY IN IT, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY
A PENNY, THAT WAY, YOU'LL NEVER BE BROKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): FRIEND GIFT MONEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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CUSTOM

"ON" IS ONE OF THE MAJOR FORMS OF SOCIAL CUSTOMS WHICH FORMS THE
BASIS OF JAPANESE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR FROM
ANCIENT TIMES, ROUGHLY MEANING
"MORAL AND MATERIAL INDEBTEDNESS", IF INCURRED, IT OBLIGATES THE
INDIVIDUAL TO DISCHARGE HIS DEBT, HOWEVER GREAT OR SMALL, AT THE
COST OF ONE'S FAMILY HONOR AND NAME. EVEN IN THE MATTER OF GIFT_
GIVING, THE RECEIVER FEELS OBLIGATED TO RETURN A GIFT IN KIND.
JAPANESE DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH OTHERS BECAUSE BY THE ACT OF
HELPING SOMEONE HE AUTOMATICALLY PLACES THAT PERSON HELPED IN A
POSITION OF "ON", WHO IN TURN MUST CANCEL OUT THIS DEBT, COME
WHAT MAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE ABOVE WHILE GROWING UP IN JAPAN.

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): FRIENDS RELATIVES HONOR DEBT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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MARKET DAY IN KERRY

AT THE MARKET IN KERRY, WHEN TWO FARMERS EXCHANGE BUSINESS
THEY BARGAIN A LOT. THE FARMER WHO IS BUYING THE CATTLE TENDS
TO FIND ALL KINDS OF FAULTS WITH THE CATTLE. THE GAME IS TO FIND
WEAKNESSES IN THE OTHER MAN'S CRAFT IN RAISING CATTLE.
THE MORE "BITING" THE FARMER IS THE BETTER CATTLE_MAN HE IS.
WHEN ALL THE INSULTS ARE OVER AND THE OWNER OF THE CATTLE KNOWS
THAT "HIS MAN" IS INTERESTED,
HE GETS REALLY TOUGH AS REGARDS PRICES.
HE NEVER LOOKS AT THE BUYER IN THE FACE, BUT AWAY FROM HIM AND
SOME OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THAT HE IMAGINES HE SEES.
THE LESS HE LOOKS AT THE BUYER, THE MORE ANXIOUS HE IS TO SELL, AND
THE BUYER KNOWS THIS. BARGAINING CAN GO ON FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
WHEN THE DEAL IS CLOSED AND THE MONEY IS PAID, THE SELLER ALWAYS
GIVES BACK A LITTLE PER CENT OF THE PRICE FOR GOOD LUCK AND
FRIENDSHIP. THEN BOTH MEN GO INTO A PUB FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND
A MAN_TO_MAN CHAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOD LUCK, FRIENDSHIP BUSINESS ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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LONG HANDS

HE CAME IN WITH ONE HAND AS LONG AS THE OTHER.

Submitter comment: THIS MEANS THAT SOMEONE CAME WITHOUT A PRESENT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): METAPHOR GIVING FRIENDSHIP

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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MEMORY

REMEMBER M
REMEMBER E
PUT THEM TOGETHER
AND REMEMBER ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; RHYME: AABA ; SPELLING RHYME

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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KITTY

MY LOVE FOR YOU SHALL NEVER FAIL,
AS LONG AS KITTY HAS A TAIL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.322

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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