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IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING.

Submitter comment: THIS VERSE IS SUNG BY A CHILD WHEN IT'S RAINING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTHROPORMORPHIC NAME FOR GOD. ; CHANT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STORY

THIS IS A STORY ON THE WHITE FOLKS. YOU KNOW BACK IN THE OLDEN
DAYS WHEN THE COLORED PEOPLE DIDNH HAVE ANYTHING TO DO. THROUGH
THEYRE DOING, THEY DIDNT HAVE NO WHERE TO PRAY BUT UNDER AN OAK
TREE. AND EVERYTIME THEY START TO PRAYING, WHITE FOLKS WOULD
TAKE AN WHIP AN BUGGY WHIP, WHAT THEY CALL A RAW HIDE LEATHER
TIDED ON THE END OF A STICK, COME DOWN AND BEAT EM. SO FINALLY
ONE DAY THE BLACK MAN DECIDED HE'LL PRAY. HE SAY HE'S GONA TALK
TO THE LORD. AND HE GONA TALK TO HIM IN PERSON. SO HE WENT DOWN
HE DID IN THE WOODS. DIDN'T CLEAN HIM OUT NO PLACE , HE DECIDED
HE'L KNEEL DOWN. HE STARTED TO PRAYING.
HE SAID OH LORD, HE SAID,
I'M DOWN HERE IN THESE WOODS TRYING TO SERVE YOU THE BEST I CAN.
CAUSE WHEN I WAS DOWN AT THAT OTHER OAK TREE, SAY THE MAN USE
THAT RAW HIDE WHIP ON ME, HE DAY. BUT IM GONA TELL YOU ONE THING
HE SAYS, AS I PRAY DOWN ON MY KNEES TROUBLE ALWAYS AROUND. AND
HE SAYS ONE DAY I WAS PRAYING AND I SAY TROUBLE ALWAYS AROUND AND
YOU WHIP ME. HE SAY WHY DID I WHIP YOU HE SAY YOU LET THAT
WHITE MAN DRAW THAT WHIP BACK AND GIVE HIM THE POWER TO HIT ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO BLAMES GOD FOR RACIAL PREJUDICE OF WHITES. ; PRAYER TREE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B645

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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RIDDLE

Q: THE GODS GO BOWLING, THE GODDESSES DO THEIR LAUNDRY, AND THEIR
OFFSPRINGS TURN THE LIGHTS ON AND OFF.
A: A THUNDERSTORM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL ; PERSONS (Q) GODS AND GODDESSES

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTENING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KO DIEVAS NETURE? - WHAT DOESN T GOD HAVE?
A: NUODEMES - SIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL ; PERSONS (Q) GOD ; STATES OF BEING (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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IT'S RAINING

IT'S RAINING , IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING,
HE BUMPED HIS HEAD AND
HE WENT TO BED AND HE
COULDN'T GET UP IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NICKNAME FOR GOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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O'LEARY'S BAR

TWAS A COLD WINTER'S EVENING, THE GUESTS WERE ALL LEAVING,
O'LEARY WAS CLOSING THE BAR. WHEN HE TURNED AND HE SAID TO THE
LADY IN RED, "GET OUT YOU CAN'T STAY ANY MORE".
SHE WEPT A SAD TEAR IN HER BUCKET OF BEER, AS SHE THOUGHT OF THE
COLD NIGHT AHEAD, WHEN A DAPPER PHI KAPPER STEPPED OUT OF THE
CRAPPER, AND THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT HE SAID, " YOUR MOTHER
NEVER TOLD YOU, THE THINGS A YOUNG GIRL SHOULD KNOW,
ABOUT THE WAYS OF COLLEGE MEN AND HOW THEY COME AND GO...MOSTLY GO.
NOW AGE HAS TAKEN YOUR BEAUTY, AND SIN HAS LEFT ITS SAD SCAR,
SO REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER'S WORDS AND NEVER SLEEP UNDER THE BAR,
NEXT TO THE GIN, IN SOUTHERN COMFORT, WITH HIRAM WALKER"...
AND THERE WAS GRANNY, SWINGING ON THE OUTHOUSE DOOR, WITHOUT
HER NIGHTIE, AND GRANDPA YELLING "MORE, MORE, MORE"
SHE WORE PAJAMAS...
DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRUNK LAST NIGHT, DRUNK THE NIGHT
BEFORE, GONNA GET DRUNK TONIGHT LIKE I'VE NEVER BEEN DRUNK BEFORE,
FOR WHEN I'M DRUNK I'M AS HAPPY AS CAN BE,
FOR I AM A MEMBER OF THE SOUSED FAMILY, OH THE SOUSED
FAMILY IS THE BEST FAMILY, TO EVER COME OVER FROM
OLD GERMANY, THERE'S THE HIGHLAND DUTCH AND THE LOW LAND DUTCH,
AND THE RODDER DAMN DUTCH AND THE OTHER DAMNED DUTCH,
SINGING GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS, ONE KEG OF BEER FOR THE FOUR OF US,
SINGING GLORY BE TO GOD THAT THERE AIN'T NO MORE OF US,
FOR ONE OF US CAN DRINK IT ALL ALONE, DAMN NEAR.
(SPOKEN) NOW GOD MADE MEN AND GOD MADE THE DUTCH, BUT WHEN GOD
MADE MEN HE DIDN'T MAKE MUCH.
SINGING GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS, ONE KEG OF BEER FOR THE FOUR OF US,
SINGING GLORY BE TO GOD THAT THERE AIN'T NO MORE MORE OF US,
FOR ONE OF US CAN DRINK IT ALL ALONE, DAMN NEAR.
REPEAT (NOW WHEN GOD MADE ...) FILLING IN DIFFERENT NAMES
TO REPLACE THE WORD MEN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A FRATERNITY AND SORORITY SONG SUNG AT PARTIES.
THE INTERESTING PART OF THE SONG IS THAT THE TUNE CHANGES
FOUR TIMES DURING THE COURSE OF THE SONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: OTHER FOR GOD

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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LEGEND

AN OLD INDIAN LEGEND SAYS THAT SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN
ON MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN WAS MADE WHEN A PRINCESS OF OLD
WAS STRANDED ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN. ALL ATTEMPTS TO RESCUE
HER WERE NO USE, SO INSTEAD THE GODS SENT HER COMPANY, A MAN
ON A HILL BENEATH HER ON EITHER SIDE. THAT IS WHY THE MOUNTAIN
HAS ONE HIGH CREST AND TWO SMALLER CRESTS.
I HEARD THIS LEGEND FROM AN OLD GUIDE FOR THE CARRIAGE TOURS ON
MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAC ISLAND

Keyword(s): GODS ; LAND FORMATION ; MICHIGAN ; MOUNTAIN ; MYTH ; PRINCESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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GRAFFITI

GOD SEES ALL

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RELIGION NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD AS OMNISCENT, ALL-SEEING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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Religious Verse

Men's book with heaps of chaff are stored

God's book doth "golden grains" afford.

Then leave the chaff and spend thy pains

In gathering up thy golden grains.

Submitter comment:

Found in an autograph book from 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Chaff ; God ; Golden ; Grain ; Language ; Man ; RELIGION ; RHYME ; VERSE

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

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RAIN RHYME

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING,
THE OLD MAN IS SNORING.
BUMPED HIS HEAD
ON THE HEAD OF THE BED
AND COULDN'T GET UP
IN THE MORNING.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS SAID WHENEVER THERE WAS A THUNDERSTORM. THE
OLD MAN'S SNORING REFERRED TO THE THUNDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): NAME FOR GOD: OLD MAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.465

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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Bible Class on Wednesday

Bible Class was held during mid-week and generally known as a
mid-week service. Members attended this mid-week service so that
they could be taught the "Word of God," whereas Sunday was a day
of Worship.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): God

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 01001895 CA

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Religion (Baptist Church)

Religion means that you accept "Jesus Christ" as your
personal "Savior" and that you believe "He" died not only for
your sins but the sins of mankind.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): God

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Church

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IF YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF SACRED HEART OF JESUS WHERE IT CAN
BE SEEN AS YOU WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR, YOU'LL HAVE A HAPPY
HOME.
("WE DIDN'T HAVE ONE OF THESE PICTURES AND WE HAD LOTS OF
FIGHTS.")

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): God

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

Date learned: 06-14-1973

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THE RIDDLE OF THE LADDER

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO WALK UNDER A LADDER.

Submitter comment: I'VE ASKED MANY, MANY TIMES WHY IT IS BAD LUCK. THE ONLY

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): God

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Ladder (angles, pyramid, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAY THE LORD'S PRAYER BACKWARDS AND YOU WILL SEE THE DEVIL.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Keyword(s): SATAN GOD

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-28-1972

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THE HAND OF GOD

ONCE THIS OLD COUPLE WHO LIVED ON A FARM AWOKE ONE MORNING
TO FIND A HORSE MISSING. NOW ON THE FARM THEY HAD A
HIRED MAN NAMED TOMMY LYTLE EDGAR WHITAKER JOHN KNOX
FREEMAN WYNN, AND AS HE SAID "AND COOPER COMES IN THAR
SOMEWHAR." SO THEY SENT THIS MAN OUT TO LOOK FOR THE
HORSE, WITH HIS FATHER. IN A FIELD THEY FOUND THE HORSE
UNDER A DEAD TREE THAT HAD BEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AND
FALLEN ON THE ANIMAL, KILLING HIM. THE FATHER OF THE
HIRED MAN SUMMED UP THE SITUATION IN THIS WAY, "YOU TAKE
GOD UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN T'OTHER AND HE DOES JUST ABOUT
AS MUCH HARM AS HE DOES GOOD."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD EVALUATED, FOUND EQUALLY HELPFUL AND HARMFUL ; HUMOROUS NAME

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Gods
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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Ethnic: Egyptian

Belief about Gods:

Cats were considered to be Gods in ancient Egypt.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B200, P230.440] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; CAT ; Egypt ; Egyptian ; ETHNIC ; GODS ; Worship

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Belief: Weather

Weather:

It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring.

Submitter comment:

Snoring is Thunder.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHIC ; God ; NATURE ; Sky ; Thunder ; WEATHER

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

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Proverb

God's Alive:

God's not dead; he's living in Argentina.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Possible combination spoof on the saying "God is Alive and Well and Living in your Heart," while the Argentina reference may refer to the British Foriegn Office's response to the requested extradition of Adolph Eichmann: ("Eichmann is alive and well and living in Argentina")

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V400] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Card located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): Alive ; Argentina ; DEATH ; Eichmann ; God ; PROVERB ; Spoof

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Toast

Polish Toast:

Phul Bogan

Translated: Drink with God!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; God ; POLISH ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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