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Anatomy Joke

I've studied Gray, and learned to name
The parts which make the frame.
But it took a guy in a singles bar,
To show me what the parts were for.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; from a friend

James Callow Keyword(s): Henry Gray's "Anatomy"

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 00001990s

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GRAY DUCK

CIRCLE FORMATION. THE CHILD WHO IS "IT" WALKS
AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE. THE CHILDREN HE
TAPS (TO THEM) HE SAYS "DUCK, DUCK, GRAY DUCK."
WHEN HE TOUCHES THE CHILD AND SAYS "GRAY DUCK" HE
STARTS TO RUN AND THE CHILD TAGGED FOLLOWS, TRYING
TO CATCH HIM. IF THE CAUGHT CHILD DOES NOT GET
BACK TO HIS SPOT IN THE CIRCLE IN TIME, HE MUST
SQUAT LIKE A DUCK IN THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE AND
THE GAME CONTINUES TILL ALL THE DUCKS ARE SQUATTING.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM KINDERGARDEN CHILDREN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR: GRAY ; CONFIGURATION: CIRCLE

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

Date learned: 12-05-1966

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DUCK, DUCK, GRAY DUCK

ALL CHILDREN (SQUAT POSITION) ARE IN A CIRCLE. ONE
PERSON WALKS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE AND TAPS
EACH ONE ON THE HEAD, SAYING, "DUCK" ON EACH ONE.
WHEN HE HITS A HEAD AND SAYS "GRAY DUCK" THAT PERSON
MUST CHASE THE TAPPER. THE TAPPER MUST GET TO THE
OTHER CHILD'S POSITION IN THE CIRCLE AND SQUAT
BEFORE HE IS CAUGHT. IF HE IS CAUGHT, HE NOW TAKES
THE PLACE OF THE ONE OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE AND THE GAME
CONTINUES.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR: GRAY ; CONFIGURATION: CIRCLE

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

Date learned: 00001964-1965

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Autograph Rhyme

Each life's an album, every page

From fair haired youth to gray old age

Is writ in prose or story.

God grant your life and album be

Filled up with records good to see

The "finis" found in Glory.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Elderly ; Glory ; Gray ; Old ; Record ; RHYME ; Signature ; Story ; VERSE ; Young ; YOUTH

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

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Belief: Weather

Morning red and evening gray / means the sun will shine all day.

Morning gray and evening red / will bring the rain upon your head.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Evening ; Gray ; Grey ; MORNING ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; Red ; Sun ; WEATHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control

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Entertainment: Song

Hush-A-Bye:

Hush a bye, don't you cry, go to sleep little baby.

When you wake, you will find, all the pretty little horses.

Black ones and bays, white ones and grays, all the pretty little horses.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BABY ; Bay ; Black ; COLOR ; Dapple ; Entertainment ; Gray ; HORSE ; LULLABY ; SONG ; White

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

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhymes:

When you are very old and grat

I want you to remember the day

That I said you are my good friend.

Yours till the cows come home.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Age, Gray ; Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; COLOR ; Cows ; Devotion ; FRIENDSHIP ; Home ; LOVE ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

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

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LE GNOMME ROUGE

THE CITY OF DETROIT HAS A FRENCH ORIGIN. BOTH CADILLAC AND
FATHER RICHARD GREATLY AIDED THE CITY'S FOUNDING. BOTH OF
THESE MEN WERE ADVISED BY "LE GNOMME ROUGE". THIS LITTLE
MAN HELPED IN MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS. MANY OF THE CITIZENS
SAW HIM FROM TIME TO TIME. HE WAS LAST SEEN IN 1806 DURING THE
DETROIT FIRE AND IN 1943 DURING THE RACE RIOTS. AT THAT TIME,
SOME CITIZENS SAW HIM, OPENLY SOBBING, WALKING THE STREETS
OF DOWNTOWN.

Submitter comment:

BILL GORMAN HEARD THIS, I WOULD THINK, FROM TRADITIONAL SOURCES.

Data entry tech comment:

SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Detroit ; FRENCH ; Le Gnomme Rouge ; Legend ; Lore ; The Nain Rouge

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPARE THE GRAY CHAMPION OF NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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