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FLYLEAF-FRIENDSHIP

SHIRLEY HAD A LITTLE LAMP,
SHE HAD IT TRAINED NO DOUBT.
EVERTIME HER BOYFRIEND CAME,
THE LITTLE LAMP WENT OUT.

Submitter comment: FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK, DATE 1939. MY GIRLFRIENDS WROTE IN IT.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED COMMAS WHERE NECESSARY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTHVILLE

Keyword(s): LIGHT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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LUKE THE SPOOK

LATE ONE NIGHT ON A COUNTRY ROAD NEAR ANCHORVILLE, A CHILD
WAS KILLED BY A HIT AND RUN DRIVER. NOW, AT NIGHT, YOU
CAN SEE A SWAYING LANTERN LIGHT ON THAT ROAD. THE GHOST IS
CALLED LUKE THE SPOOK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, AS A YOUNG TEENAGER, WENT WITH SOME FRIENDS
TO SEE THE GHOST BUT GOT SCARED AND WENT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANCHORVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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LOOP THE SPOOK

ON ROMEO PLANK ROAD AND 33 IN ROMEO, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A LITTLE
BRIDGE. YOU PARK YOUR CAR ON THE BRIDGE AND WAIT. A RED LIGHT COMES
OUT OF THE FIELD AND TOWARD YOUR CAR. YOUR CAR STARTS ROCKING. THE
EIGHT FOOT TALL GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS MURDERED OUT THERE LIVES
UNDER THE BRIDGE AND COMES OUT WHENEVER A CAR COMES.

Submitter comment:

DID NOT BELIEVE THE LEGEND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; St. Clair Shores

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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GHOST LIGHTS

NEAR I-75 IN FLORIDA THERE IS AN ABANDONED STRIP OF ROAD WITH
THREE LARGE HILLS. IF YOU WAIT AT THE TOP OF THE THIRD HILL, YOU
CAN SOMETIMES SEE THE GHOST LIGHTS. THIS LARGE, EERY LIGHT
STARTS AT THE BASE OF THE FIRST HILL AND CLIMBS THE THREE HILLS,
DISAPPEARING TEMPORARILY BEHIND THE HILLS. NON-BELIEVERS SAY IT
HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE LIGHT FROM I-75 AND THE FOG. HOWEVER,
A GROUP OF COLLEGE KIDS WAITED TO SEE IT ONE NIGHT. WHEN IT CAME
VERY CLOSE, THEY COULDNT START THEIR CAR. THE LIGHT SEEMED
TO CLIMB ON TOP OF THE CAR AND SHAKE IT. ONE BOY LOOKED AT IT
AND WENT INSANE, ANOTHER SAID IT WAS THE FACE OF GOD. A MAN
WATCHED THE LIGHT WITH HIS FAMILY. WHEN IT APPROACHED, HE
PULLED A GUN OUT OF HIS GLOVE COMPARTMENT. THE GUN WAS LOADED, BUT
IT WOULD NOT FIRE. THE LIGHT SHOOK THE CAR. WHEN IT WAS GONE, THE
MAN TRIED THE GUN AGAIN. HE FIRED SIX SHOTS INTO A NEARBY MAILBOX
WITH NO TROUBLE AT ALL. WHEN YOU GO THERE, YOU CAN STILL SEE THE
HOLES IN THE MAILBOX.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WENT TO THE PLACE TO WATCH FOR THE GHOST LIGHTS. HE
SAW SOMETHING BUT ISN'T SURE EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): EERIE ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 11-11-1970

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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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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS AND LIGHTINGS, GOD IS ANGRY WITH HIS PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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BUG

IF A LIGHTING BUG ENTERS YOUR HOME. THAT IS A SIGN, THAT A STRANGER
IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LIGHTNING BUG FIREFLY INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
CHESTER
CHESTER WHO?
CHESTER SONG AT TWILIGHT

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME ; SONG: JUST A SONG AT TWILIGHT

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

IF YOU SEE LIGHTS MOVING ABOUT AND THEY DISAPPEAR WHEN YOU
APPROACH, IT WAS A GHOST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS ; SIGN ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

LIGHTS MOVING IN GRAVEYARDS ARE GHOSTS FOR SURE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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BELIEF

THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA BELIEVE THE WHITE SPIRIT APPEARS AT NIGHT IN
SOME FORM OF LIGHT, SO WHENEVER THEY SEE ANY LIGHT AT NIGHT
THEY SHUDDER IN FEAR OF THE WHITE SPIRIT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): COLOR ; GHOST ; Haunt ; Libya ; Libyan ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHT ; SPIRIT ; White

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-29-1969

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THE HEADLESS MOTORCYCLIST

ON A CERTAIN COUNTRY ROAD JUST OUTSIDE OF FREMONT, OHIO THERE IS
A SMALL BRIDGE. IT IS SAID THAT IF YOU GO THERE AT NIGHT AND BLINK
YOUR LIGHTS THREE TIMES AND THEN HONK YOUR HORN THREE TIMES, YOU WILL
SEE A SINGLE LIGHT COMING FROM BEHIND YOU AND YOU WILL HEAR THE SOUND
OF A MOTORCYCLE. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS
BEHEADED BY A WIRE STRETCHED ACROSS THE BRIDGE WHILE HE WAS RIDING
HIS MOTORCYCLE ONE NIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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OUT SOMEWHERE IN MICHIGAN IS A DESERTED FIELD, A BOY AND A GIRL
WERE PARKED. THEY BOTH HEARD A GIRL SCREAM AND THE BOY TOLD THE
GIRL TO LOCK HERSELF IN THE CAR AND HE WOULD GO AND SEE
WHAT HAPPENED.
HE LOOKED FOR A FEW MINUTES AND FOUND NOTHING, THEN HE HEARD
HIS GIRLFRIEND SCREAMING AND HE RAN BACK. HE SAW A FLASH OF A
GLOWING FORMLESS MASS DISAPPEAR INTO THE WOODS BEFORE HE COULD
GET ANYWHERE NEAR IT. HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS HYSTERICAL AND HAS NOT
AS YET SPOKEN OR BEEN COMPLETELY SANE.

Data entry tech comment: THE KEYPUNCHER HAS CORRECTED THE COLLECTOR'S SPELLING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): HARMFULL LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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FLYLEAF-FRIENDSHIP

SHIRLEY HAD A LITTLE LAMP,
SHE HAD IT TRAINED NO DOUBT.
EVERTIME HER BOYFRIEND CAME,
THE LITTLE LAMP WENT OUT.

Submitter comment: FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK, DATE 1939. MY GIRLFRIENDS WROTE IN IT.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED COMMAS WHERE NECESSARY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTHVILLE

Keyword(s): LIGHT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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NIGHT WALKER

THE VILLA LOUIS IN PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISCONSIN IS A LARGE MANSION
BUILT BY A RICH FRENCH FUR TRAPPER IN THE ERA OF THE FUR TRAPPERS.
HE LIVED THERE WITH HIS WIFE AND WHEN HE DIED HE WAS BURIED STAND-
ING UPRIGHT ON A HIGH BLUFF OVERLOOKING THE WISCONSIN AND MISSISSIPP
RIVERS. HIS WIFE CONTINUED TO LIVE IN THE MANSION UNTIL ONE DAY
SHE FELL DOWN THE STEPS AND STARTED THE HOME ON FIRE WHEN THE
KEROSINE LAMP SHE WAS CARRYING STARTED THE HOME ON FIRE WHEN IT
FELL. SHE DIED IN THE FIRE, THE PEOPLE SAVED THE MANSION FROM BEING
DESTROYED BY THE FLAMES. PEOPLE SAY THAT IF ONE IS AT THE HOUSE
AT NIGHT ONE CAN SEE A LIGHT TRAVELLING SLOWLY DOWN THE FRONT HALLWA
STEPS AS SHE DID ON THE NIGHT OF HER DEATH.

Where learned: IOWA ; DAVENPORT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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FLYING SAUCER BELIEF

"DRIVE DOWN ROUTE 20 NORTHWEST OF FREMONT, OHIO FOR ABOUT EIGHT
MILES UNTIL YOU COME TO COUNTY ROAD 19. PROCEED FIVE MILES ON
THIS ROAD UNTIL YOU CROSS A TWO LANE BRIDGE. GO A QUARTER MILE
BEYOND THE BRIDGE AND TURN RIGHT INTO A
FARMER'S FIELD.
IN THE FIELD FACING EAST, DRIVE IN A 360 DEGREE CIRCLE,
THERE IS A CREEK WITH A BRIDGE OVER IT. CROSS THE CREEK AND END UP
PARK, TURN OFF THE MOTOR AND TURN OFF EVERYTHING. BLINK THE LIGHTS
ON AND OFF THREE TIMES. A LIGHT APPEARS FROM THE EAST AND FLIES
DIRECTLY AT YOU AND THEN OVER YOU AND HEADS TOWARDS THE WEST. THIS
LIGHT IS IN THE FORM OF A BALL AND NEVER FAILS TO APPEAR AS LONG AS
THE LIGHTS ARE BLINKED ON AND OFF THREE TIMES."
THIS HAS BEEN VERIFIED BY MANY OF THE CONTRIBUTOR'S FRIENDS BUT THE
CONTRIBUTOR HAS NEVER SEEN IT AND ADMITS HE HASN'T
"... THE GUTS TO GO OUT
AND SEE IT." HE DOES, HOWEVER, SERIOUSLY BELIEVE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS SUPERNATURAL LIGHT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Fire

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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"LUKE THE SPOOK"

THE STORY GOES THAT THERE IS A MENTAL INSTITUTION AROUND THE
GENERAL VICINITY OF 37 MILE ROAD AND ROMEO PLANK ROAD. IN
THE OLD DAYS, BACK IN THE EARLY 1900'S, COACHES USED TO PASS
BY, AND THEY ALWAYS HAD A LAMP SWINGING FROM THE BACK OF THE
CARRIAGE. ONE NIGHT A MAN ESCAPED FROM THE INSTITUTION. AS HE FLED,
A COACH CAME BY, KNOCKED HIM DOWN, AND AS IT ROLLED OVER HIM, THE
HORSES' HOOVES CUT OFF HIS HEAD, WHICH ROLLED UNDER A BRIDGE. HIS
BODY WAS NEVER FOUND. THE WEIRD PART IS IF YOU PARK BY THIS BRIDGE
(YOU WILL SEE A STRANGE)
LIGHT MOVING TOWARDS YOU. YOU'LL TRY TO START YOUR CAR, BUT IT
WON'T START, BUT YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS WILL GO LIKE CRAZY.
AT THE LAST MINUTE THE CAR WILL START, AND THE LIGHT WILL
FOLLOW YOU AS YOU GO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT NOT ONLY HEARD OF THIS STORY, BUT ACTUALLY VISITED
THIS SPOT AND SHE CLAIMS THAT THE STORY OF THE LIGHT IS REALLY
TRUE, IT HAPPENED TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Fire

Date learned: 05-14-1965

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LIGHT ABOVE ST. MARY'S

ABOUT TWELVE OR FOURTEEN YEARS AGO NEAR DAZY, NORTH DAKOTA
ON ST. MARY'S FARM THERE APPEARED A LIGHT ABOVE ST. MARY'S CHURCH.
THE GERMAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY WAS AMAZED AND AFTER A TIME AFRAID
OF THE LIGHT. THE PRIEST EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS PERHAPS THE SOUL OF
A PERSON NOT AT REST. HE ASKED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY
PRAY FOR THE POOR SOUL. PLANES OF NEAR BY AIRPORTS WERE SENT UP TO
SEEK OUT THE SOURCE OF THE LIGHT. HOWEVER, THE LIGHT SOURCE WAS
FAR TOO HIGH FOR ANY PLANE TO REACH. PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS
ALIKE GATHERED FROM MILES AROUND AT THE CHURCH TO PRAY. AFTER
ABOUT A WEEK THE LIGHT DISAPPEARED.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHO LIVES ON ST. MARY'S
FARM. THIS LADY IS MY GRANDMOTHER AND IS USUALLY AN EXTREME
DISBELIEVER OF UNUSUAL HAPPENINGS OF THIS SORT. HOWEVER, SHE IS
VERY STAUNCH IN HER TESTIMONY, ABOUT THIS HAPPENING.

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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"CURTAINS OF EVENING"

"WHEN EVENING PULLS ITS CURTAINS BACK
AND PINS THEM WITH A STAR.
KNOW THAT I'LL REMEMBER YOU
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE."

Submitter comment: SIGNED BY ALDENE COTE, LATELY OF MIAMI, FLA.,
TO A PHOTO OF HERSELF, GIVEN TO ME.

Keyword(s): FRIENDLY ; FRIENDSHIP ; METER: IAMBS ; POETIC DICTION ; PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCB ; STARS ; TWILIGHT

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

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COMING HOME LATE AT NIGHT, I TURNED INTO MY SUBDIVISION
WHEN ON THE LEFT I SAW A FAINT WHITE GLOW. IT WAS A VISION.
IT LOOKED LIKE A YOUNG GIRL, RUNNING, RUNNING WITH NO
SHOES ON, HER DRESS (WAS) FLOWING. I SCREAMED AND
PRESSED THE ACCELERATOR--THEN THOUGHT TO MYSELF
"HOW STRANGE?" I THINK IT WAS AN ANGEL GOING TO A PROM.
BUT SHE DIDN'T HAVE A COMPANION OR SHOES.

Submitter comment: I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO BELIEVE THIS STORY OR NOT.
JAMES TOLD ME THIS STORY THE NIGHT IT OCCURRED AND THIS
VERSION SEEMS TO BE A BIT EXAGERRATED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): DANCE

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Angel

Date learned: 05-00-1985

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