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SPARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK,
WHO THE TELL YOU ARE I HINK.
I'M NOT IMBRICATED,
I'M NOT AS DRUNK AS SOME TINKLE PEEP I AM.
I'VE ONLY HAD TEA MARTOONIES,
ANYWAY I'VE ALL DAY SOBER TO SUNDAY UP IN.
I FOOL SO FEELISH, I DON'T KNOW WHO IS ME YET,
BUT THE DRUNKER I STAND HERE,
THE LONGER I GET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS MONOLOGUE HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM PARODY DRINKING ; NONSENSE WORDS METER TROCHEE ; TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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JOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMER SMITH (SCHMIDT)
THAT'S MY NAME, TOO,
WHENEVER I GO OUT, THE PEOPLE ALWAYS SHOUT,
"JOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMER SMITH."
HURRAH HURRAH HURRAH FOR... (REPEAT)

Submitter comment: SHE NOTED IN THE WRITTEN COPY THAT SHE GAVE ME THAT THE
"I" IN "HIMER" WAS PRONOUNCED WITH A LONG SOUND AS IN
"HIGH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOROUS NAME

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK ENTRY

NO PAPER
NO PEN
'NOUGH SAID
AMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Announcing a signature

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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN AWAY.

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN YOU DOWN.

BUT LOVE THE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment:

UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN
ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICHIGAN IN 1968.

James Callow comment:

; OBSERVATION ;

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME AA BB ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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AUTOGRAPH

IF YOUR HUSBAND IS THIRSTY
AND HE WANTS A DRINK,
TAKE HIM TO THE KITCHEN
AND SHOW HIM TO THE SINK)

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMAND ; DRINK ; HUMOR ; MARRAIGE ; RHYME ABCB ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Matrimony

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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 YOU ARE OLD
AND OUT OF SHAPE
REMEMBER GIRDLES
ARE $2.98

Submitter comment: ENTERED INTO DIANE BRUKWINSKI'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN
DETROIT MICHIGAN IN 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE ; RHYME ABCB ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLACK
I WISH YOU HAD
A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SICK HUMOR

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

Date learned: 00001961-1962

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
SUGAR IS SWEET AND SO ARE YOU.
THE ROSES ARE WILTED, THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR IS LUMPY, AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SOMEONE ACTUALLY HAD THE GALL
TO WRITE THIS IN HER BOOK.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

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

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ROUND OF APPLAUSE

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "A ROUND OF APPLAUSE" AND THE PEOPLE
DO THIS BY CLAPPING THEIR HANDS WHILE MOVING THEIR ARMS IN A BIG
CIRCLE.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; METAPHOR INTERPRETED LITERALLY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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KETCHUP CHEER

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "THE KETCHUP CHEER" AND
THE RIGHT HAND IS CLOSED, LIKE A FIST, AND THE LEFT HAND HITS THE
RIGHT, AS IF HITTING A BOTTLE OF KETCHUP.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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A BIG HAND

SOMEONE IN THE GROUP YELLS OUT, "A BIG HAND" AND
EVERYONE HOLDS UP AN OUTSTRETCHED HAND.

Submitter comment: I WATCHED THIS CHEER BEING DONE AT A CAMPFIRE. AFTER A SONG WAS SUNG,
EVERYONE WOULD DO A CHEER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GATLINBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; METAPHOR INTERPRETED LITERALLY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 08-00-1974

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KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? JOKE

KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? BANANA. BANANA WHO? KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S
THERE? BANANA. BANANA WHO? KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? BANANA.
BANANA WHO? KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? BANANA. BANANA WHO? KNOCK,
KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? ORANGE. ORANGE WHO? ORANGE WHO GLAD I DID NOT
SAY BANANA?

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: CA00001968

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NARRATIVE SONG

OH DEAR MOTHER, PIN A ROSE ON ME.
THREE OLD MEN ARE AFTER ME.
TWO ARE BLIND AND THE OTHER CAN'T SEE.
OH DEAR MOTHER, PIN A ROSE ON ME.
(THIS IS SUNG TO THE TUNE OF PETER, PETER PUMPKINEATER.)

Submitter comment: WHEN MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND I WERE YOUNGER MY GREAT AUNTS USED
TO THROW BIG PARTIES. THIS WAS OUR FAVORITE SONG THAT WE ALWAYS
SANG AT EVERY ONE OF THOSE PARTIES. IT DIDN'T SEEM TO MATTER TO US
THAT DISTINCTIONS WERE MADE BETWEEN THE TWO MEN WHO WERE BLIND AND
THE OTHER ONE THAT COULDN'T SEE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001960S

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MAKING HOLY WATER

QUESTION; HOW DO YOU MAKE HOLY WATER? ANSWER; YOU BOIL THE HELL
OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment: WITH THIS ITEM SHE STARTED LAUGHING BEFORE SHE EVEN SAID ONE WORD.
I NOTICED THAT AS SHE SETTLED DOWN TO SAY THE JOKE SHE TRIED TO
CARRY A STRAIGHT FACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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PROVERB

A MERRY HEART DOETH GOOD LIKE MEDICINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GOOD HUMOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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TOASTS

TOAST TO A PERSON ON A REDUCING DIET. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE
OF YOU, BUT I HOPE TO SEE LESS OF YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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QUESTION. HOW DO YOU PUT FOUR ELEPHANTS IN A VOLKSWAGON?
ANSWER. TWO IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; SIZE HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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QUESTION. WHY DIDN'T TARZAN SEE THE ELEPHANTS COMING?
ANSWER. BECAUSE THEY WERE WEARING SUNGLASSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; HUMOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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