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MISS SUSIE

MISS SUSIE HAD A BABY,
SHE NAMED HIM TINY TIM,
SHE PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB,
TO SEE IF HE COULD SWIM.

HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER,
HE ATE UP ALL THE SOAP,
HE TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB,
BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT.

MISS SUSIE CALLED THE DOCTOR,
THE DOCTOR CALLED THE NURSE,
THE NURSE CALLED THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

IN WALKED THE DOCTOR,
IN WALKED THE NURSE,
IN WALKED HE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

MUMPS SAID THE DOCTOR,
MUMPS SAID THE NURSE,
MUMPS SAID THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE. MM[
OUT WALKED THE DOCTOR,
OUT WALKED THE NURSE,
OUT WALKED THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Submitter comment: ACCOMPANIED BY HAND-CLAPPING SAYS THE COLLECTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): HAVE ALSO HEARD THIS AS A JUMP-ROPE RHYME.

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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VERSE FROM MURDER

LIZZY BORDON TOOK AN AX/
AND GAVE HER MOTHER FORTY WHACKS/
WHEN SHE SAW WHAT SHE HAD DONE/
SHE GAVE HER FATHER FORTY-ONE.

Submitter comment: THE FOLLOWING VERSE CAME ABOUT AFTER A FAMOUS MURDER TOOK PLACE.
I AM NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING OF THE NAME.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY KETPUNCHER

Where learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; NARRATIVE VERSE JUMP ROPE RHYME ; NONSEQUITUR ; RHYME: AABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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DOWN BY THE RIVER

DOWN BY THE RIVER
DOWN BY THE SEA
JOHNNY BROKE A MILK BOTTLE
BLAMED IT ON ME.

I TOLD MA
MA TOLD PA
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN,
SO HA, HA, HA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): INITAL ITERATION ; JUMP ROPE RHYME ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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VERSE

MINNIE MINNIE HA HA, WENT TO SEE HER PAPA,
PAPA DIED, MINNIE CRIED. MINNIE HAD A BABY,
CALLED HIM TINY TIM, PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB
TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SWIM.
DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A BAR OF SOAP,
MINNIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, MINNIE CALLED THE NURSE,
MINNIE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
IN STAYED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE CAN ALSO BE ADDED ANOTHER VERSE BETWEEN LINES 9 AND 10.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; BATHTUB VERSE MONOLOGUE ; JUMP ROPE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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WHAT'S ON THE MENU?

ONE DAY A WOMAN SENT HER SON TO THE STORE TO BUY SOME LIVER.
ON THE WAY TO THE STORE THE BOY PASSED A CEMETERY. HE REMEMBERED
SOMEONE IN TOWN HAD RECENTLY DIED, SO BEING A LAZY BOY, HE
DECIDED NOT TO GO TO THE STORE BUT TO DIG UP THE GRAVE AND TAKE
THE MAN'S LIVER OUT. AFTER ALL WHO WOULD KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
HE TOOK THE LIVER HOME AND HIS MOTHER DIDN'T NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE
IN THE LIVER. SHE PREPARED IT FOR SUPPER AND THEN THEY BOTH ATE IT.
THAT NIGHT WHEN THE BOY WENT TO SLEEP HE HEARD A VOICE, "I'M COMING
UP ONE STAIR. I'M COMING UP TWO STAIRES (SIC). WHERE'S MY LIVER?"
THE BOY
FROZE IN HIS BED. HE COULDN'T MOVE A MUSCLE. "I'M COMING UP THREE
STAIRS, I'M IN THE HALLWAY." "I'M OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR, I WANT
MY LIVER." "I'M IN YOUR BEDROOM," SUDDENLY THE VOICE YELLED,
"I GOT YOU."

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS STORY WHEN SHE WAS SMALL AT CAMP.

Data entry tech comment: GRABBING GESTURE ACCOMPANIES END OF STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): JUMP STORY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 10-20-1967

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MISS SUZI HAD A TUG BOAT, THE TUG BOAT HAD A BELL.
MISS SUZI WENT TO HEAVEN, THE TUG BOAT WENT TO
HELL-O OPERATOR, PLEASE GIVE ME NUMBER NINE, AND
IF YOU DISCONNECT ME, I'LL KICK YOU RIGHT BEHIND
THE 'FRIGERATOR, THERE LAID A PIECE OF GLASS,
MISS SUZI FELL UPON IT AND BROKE HER LITTLE
AS-K ME NO MORE QUESTIONS, PLEASE TELL ME NO MORE
LIES, MISS SUZI TOLD ME ALL OF THIS THE DAY BEFORE SHE
DIED HER HAIR ALL PURPLE, SHE DYED HER HAIR ALL RED,
SHE DYED HER HAIR ALL POLKA DOTS AND IT ALL RAN DOWN
THE SINK, GLUG, GLUG, GLUG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): HAND GAME OR JUMPING COUNTING GAME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime C500.560

Date learned: 09-00-1988

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CHICAGO

A CHICKEN IN A CAR, AND THE CAR CAN'T GO. THAT'S THE WAY TO SPELL
CHICAGO

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C70 C70.560

Date learned: 10-04-1965

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"A" MY NAME IS ALICE, MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS ALFRED, WE COME FROM
ALABAMA, AND HE SELLS APPLES. "B" MY NAME IS BETTY MY HUSBAND'S NAME
IS BOB, WE COME FROM BOSTON AND HE SELLS BANANAS.
THE RHYME CONTINUES WITH EACH LETTER OF THE ALPHABET.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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"A" MY NAME IS ALICE, MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS ALFRED, WE LIVE IN ALBANY
AND WE SELL APPLES. "B" MY NAME IS BARBARA,
MY HUSBAND'S NAME IS BOBBY,
WE LIVE IN BUFFALO, AND WE SELL BREAD. "C" MY NAME IS CHRIS, MY
HUSBAND'S NAME IS CHARLES, WE LIVE IN CHICAGO, AND WE SELL CARROTS.
CONTINUES THROUGH THE ALPHABET.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER
NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYMATES IN EUCLID, OHIO.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

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ACCA BACCA SODA CRACKER. ACCA BACCA BOO IF YOUR FATHER CHEWS TOBACCO
HE'S A REGULAR JEW. OUT GOES THE CAT, OUT GOES THE RAT, OUT GOES YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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ALABAMA BUSCHA, KING OF THE JEWS,
BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THOSE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR, ALABAMA BUSCHA BEGAN TO SWEAR, WIFE,
WIFE GO UPSTAIRS, WIFE, WIFE TOUCH THE FLOOR, RED HOT PEPPERS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME, SPEED-JUMP ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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ALABAMA BUSKA, KING OF THE JEWS BOUGHT HIS WIFE A NEW PAIR OF SHOES.
WHEN THE SHOES BEGAN TO WEAR
ALABAMA BUSKA BEGAN TO SWEAR. WIFE, WIFE,
GO UP STAIRS, WIFE, WIFE COME DOWNSTAIRS.
WIFE TOUCH THE GROUND E

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ACTION-JUMP ; CHARACTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C70 C70.560

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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ANDY SPANDY SUGARDY CANDY, FRENCH ALMOND ROCK, BREAD AND BUTTER FOR
FOR YOUR SUPPER, ALL YOUR MOTHER'S GOT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD CHILDREN SAYING THIS WHILE SKIPPING ROPE
IN SUSSEX, ENGLAND

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHOSE NOT READY HOLLER "I".

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS, COATS OF NAVY BLUE, LOOSE AROUND THE ANKLES
TIGHT AROUND THE AS-K ME NO QUESTIONS AND I WILL TELL NO LIES, IF YOU
DON'T BELIEVE ME YOU CAN GO TO HELL-O OPERATOR GIVE ME NUMBER NINE
IF HE DOESN'T ANSWER, GIVE ME BACK MY DIME.

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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BETTY, BETTY STUMPED HER TOE/ ON THE WAY TO MEXICO/ ON THE WAY BACK
SHE BROKE HER BACK/ SLIDING ON THE RAILROAD TRACK.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-26-1967

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BETTY BOOP/ ISN'T SHE CUTE?/ ALL SHE EATS IS VEGETABLE SOUP.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

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BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY/ DROPPED SOME WHITE WASH IN MY EYE,/ ME NO
BABY, ME NO CRY/ ME JUST GLAD THAT COWS DON'T FLY.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN -JUMP

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT DOWNTOWN./ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN,/
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES./ COOKIE BOUGHT THE EVENING NEWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT TOWNTOWN/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN/
DAGWOOD BOUGHT THE SUNDAY NEWS/ AND HERE IS HOW IT READ: JUMP HOT
PEPPER, OR YOU ARE DEAD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; FOLEY HALL

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-30-1967

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