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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL, VERSE

LOVE MANY,
TRUST FEW,
ALWAYS PADDLE,
YOUR OWN CANOE.
I FOUND THIS IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF 1963.

Data entry tech comment: SALUTATION "DEAR DIANE" LEFT OUT BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; LIFE ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT WALKS IN THE MORNING ON 4 LEGS, IN THE DAY ON 2, AND IN THE
EVENING ON 3?
A: A MAN.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): "LEGS" SYMBOLIZING AGE OR STAGES IN LIFE ; CANE OEDIPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
CIGARETTE
CIGARETTE WHO?
CIGARETTE LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): IT@S A GREAT LIFE IF YOU DON@T WEAKEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-03-1967

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CURE

MRS. BOLCEN'S MOTHER WAS A DIABETIC WHO REFUSED TO TAKE INSULIN
AND THEREFORE HER DOCTOR GAVE HER ONLY SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.
AN INDIAN FRIEND OF THE FAMILY BROUGHT A WEED CALLED
SILVER THREAD, LET IT DRY AND MADE TEA OUT OF IT.
HER MOTHER DRANK IT IN PLACE OF WATER
AND SHE LIVED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.

Submitter comment: MARIE LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER IN 1934

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BRASS RAIL CHOP HOUSE

Keyword(s): HERBAL CURE ; PROLONGATION OF LIFE BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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FOR BETTER OR WORSE

FOR BETTER OR WORSE, BUT NOT FOR LUNCH.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; MARRIED LIFE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL, VERSE

LOVE MANY,
TRUST FEW,
ALWAYS PADDLE,
YOUR OWN CANOE.
I FOUND THIS IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF 1963.

Data entry tech comment: SALUTATION "DEAR DIANE" LEFT OUT BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; LIFE ; RHYME ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SAYING

I'M TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF

Keyword(s): STARTING A NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE BY MENDING MY WAYS

James Callow Keyword(s): RESOLUTION TO BEGIN ANEW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001950'S

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN YOUR DAYS ON EARTH ARE ENDED,
AND THE PATH MO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT ST. LUKES'S SCHOOL, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ASSONANCE ; DIVINE RECOGNITION ; HEAVENLY AFTERLIFE ; PIOUS ; QUATRAIN ; RELIGION ; SINCERITY ; WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): ANAPESTIC AND IAMBIC METER ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 09-19-1967

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BELIEF OR SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEW ON SUNDAY, YOU WILL HAVE TO PICK OUT ALL YOUR STITCHES
WITH YOUR TEETH AFTER YOU GO TO HELL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

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Ethnic: Native American

Destiny:

If an indians is [sic] killed in battle without his weapon, his soul will be damned in limbo.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; DEATH ; Destiny, Warrior, Weapon, Ethnic, Indian, Native American ; Limbo ; Soul

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Destiny

If a Norse is killed without a weapon, his soul is damned to limbo.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P546] crossed out and replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BURIAL ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; MYTHOLOGY ; Norse ; Soul ; Warrior ; Weapon

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

Don't steal this book, my honest friend, for fear the gallows be your end. And when you die the Lord shall say, "Where is the book you wtole away?" But if you cannot tell, the Lord shall cast you into hell. Whoever steals this book of knowledge, will sweetly graduate from Sing-Sing College.

Submitter comment:

The autograph book this is taken from is collected from the years 1929-1933.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

BN [C760] is crossed out and the word FlyLeaf is written next to it.

Submission card located in a pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; Glanshaw

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; AUTOGRAPH ; FlyLeaf ; HELL ; Judgment ; PRISON ; RHYME ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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Ethnic Joke: Jewish

Irishman, Scotchman and Jew visiting dead friend in funeral parlor. Sign on dead man's chest says, "I'd like to take some money with me when I go." Irishman puts out $500. So does the Scotchman. Jew writes a $1500 check and takes the $1000 as change.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B66] crossed out

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BURIAL ; Dead ; Distasteful ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; Irish ; Jewish ; JOKE ; MONEY ; Offensive ; Penny-pincher ; SCOTTISH ; Stereotype

James Callow Keyword(s): Jewish

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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Maxim

Early to Bed:

Early to Bed, early to rise,

makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Submitter comment:

Heard this when I was a child.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): Awake ; HEALTH ; Lifestyle ; Maxim ; SLEEP ; WEALTH ; WISDOM

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

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Proverb

Life is what you make it.

Submitter comment:

From Someone about 30 years ago.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Keyword(s): Choices ; LIFE ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Eat and Drink:

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.

Submitter comment:

Read this in grade school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Die ; DRINK ; Eat ; Enjoy ; Joy ; LIFE ; Merry ; TIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

That's the way the ball bounces

Submitter comment:

While Mr. DuCharme, a fellow student in a Folklore course at the University of Detroit, was giving his presentation on a comparative study of ballad variation, he used the phrase: "That's the way the cookie crumbles." I was reminded that when I was about his age, we used to say "That's the way the ball bounces." But it still means the same thing!

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Ball ; Bounce ; Inevitable ; LIFE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Play on Words

Death is nature's way of telling us to slow down.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional. Do not file yet.

James Callow Keyword(s): Calm ; DEATH ; LIFE ; PUN ; Slow

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Toast

Salute, Patute, here's hoping you live forever and I never die.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [N400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): DEATH ; DRINKING ; LIFE ; PUN ; Social ; TOAST

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

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Toast

Here's to the world as round as a wheel

That all must feel,

If this life were a thing that you could buy,

The Jews would all live while the Irish would die.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Buy ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; Irish ; Jewish ; LIFE ; MONEY ; Purchase ; Social ; Stereotype ; TOAST ; Wheel

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

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