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A POLISH SONG: WAY OVER THERE, NEAR THE WOODS

WAY OVER THERE NEAR THE WOODS
SOMETHING FLASHES FROM AFAR.
A BAND OF GYPSIES
BUM STAREE RAREE (ETC., THREE TIMES)

A GYPSY DOESN'T SOW
A GYPSY DOESN'T PLOW
ARE STARTING A FIRE.
WHERE E'ER HE LOOKS
THERE HE WILL SETTLE

(REFRAIN)

A GYPSY IS WITHOUT WATER.
A GYPSY IS WITHOUT A COTTAGE,
A GYPSY IS HAPPY,
ALTHOUGH HE ISN'T RICH.

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG I KNOW FROM CHILDHOOD FROM MY PARENTS. THERE ARE MANY
SONGS AND TALES ABOUT GYPSIES IN POLISH FOLKLORE
AS THE GYPSY WAS, AND IS, A COMMON SIGHT IN POLAND.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Folk Muysic ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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A POLISH SONG: YES WE ARE JUST SUCH BOYS

YES, WE ARE JUST SUCH BOYS
BOYS FROM CRACAW THAT IS
WITH A RED CAP
ONE INCH THICK HEELS ON BOOTS
AND A WHITE SHIRT

DANA MY DANA}
A NAVY BLUE COAT
WHICH I,VE WORN IN PARADES
LINED WITH SILK
AND STITCHED WITH FINE DESIGNING
COME AND DANCE AROUND US
MY DEAR ONE (REPEAT)
HEY, HA}

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG IS A KRAKOWIAK MELODY FROM THE REGION OF CRACOW. THE
MUSIC IS TRANSCRIBED BY SISIGMUND SLOKOWSKI WHILE THE WORDS AND
TRANSLATION ARE OF MY OWN AS I LEARNED THEM FROM MY PARENTS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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A POLISH SONG: A HUNDRED YEARS

100 YEARS
100 YEARS
MAY HE LIVE
LIVE FOR US (REPEAT)

ONCE AGAIN
ONCE AGAIN
MAY HE LIVE
LIVE FOR US
MAY HE LIVE
FOR US. (SLOW AND LOUD)

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A SONG VERY WELL KNOWN BY ANY POLISH PERSON SINCE IT IS
SUNG TO HONOR SOMEONE. IT IS USED AT BIRTHDAYS OR WHEN TOASTING
A CELEBRITY'S HEALTH. THE MUSIC HAS BEEN TRANSCRIBED BY
MICHAEL WOZNY BUT THE WORDS AND TRANSLATION ARE AS I KNOW THEM,
AND MY FAMILY DOES TOO.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; SONG ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation

Date learned: 11-28-1967

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A POLISH SONG: IN THE WOODLAND

HEY, IN THE WOODLND,
WHAT GLEAMS WITH WONDER?
A LEGIONNAIRE BAND SETS FIRES OF THUNDER. REFRAIN

FAITH IT EMBRACES
WITH FLAMES THAT CARRY,
RINGING THROUGH SPACES,

THEIR SONG SO MERRY. REFRAIN
RINGING THROUGH VAST PLAINS,
RINGING IN GREEN LANES,
OUR SONG POLANIE,
OUR SONG BELOVED. REFRAIN

REFRAIN:
RAM TAI RAJ,
RAM TAI RAJ,
RAM TAI RAJ,
U HA HA
RAM TAI RAJ. (THREE TIMES)
BEC.

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Where learned: DETROIT ; INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD TOM DOOLEY
HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD AND CRY
HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD TOM DOOLEY
FOR TOMORROW YOU DIE.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

Date learned: 10-17-1967

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A POLISH SONG: BE GONE, WORRIES

BE GONE WORRIES, TROUBLES}
LIGHT YOUR PIPES, SET OUT THE BOTTLES}
WHILE WE,RE MERRY, GOOD FRIENDS TARRY,
GAILY TIME WILL FLY}
WHILE WE,RE MERRY, GOOD FRIENDS TARRY,
GAILY TIME WILL FLY}
WHILE WE,RE MERRY, GOOD FRIENDS TARRY,
GAILY TIME WILL FLY

WHAT,S THE USE OF MUCH COMPLAINING,
WHAT HAS GONE IS PAST RECLAIMING,
JOLLY FOLK WILL FIND LIFE HAPPY,
GRUMBLERS, JOY DENY}
JOLLY FOLK WILL FIND LIFE HAPPY,
GRUMBLERS, JOY DENY}
JOLLY FOLK WILL FIND LIFE HAPPY,
GRUMBLERS, JOY DENY}

COME NOW, KIND AND GOOD HOST,
FUN IS REALLY WHAT WE WANT MOST,
BRING THE WINE, PLEASE, BRING THE WINE PLEASE,
FILL OUR GLASSES FULL}
BRING THE WINE, PLEASE, BRING THE WINE PLEASE,
FILL OUR GLASSES FULL}
BRING THE WINE, PLEASE, BRING THE WINE PLEASE,
FILL OUR GLASSES FULL}

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Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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DEE-AH-DEF-UM-DUM

I GOT A GAL AND SHE IS A DAISY
SHE DRIVES THE GUYS IN THIS WORLD PLUMB CRAZY
WITH HER STICKS AND HER STONES SHE MAY BREAK ALL YOUR BONES
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANNA BOUT MY GIRL
CAUSE I'M GONNA LEAVE HER ANYWAY
WITH HER DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEEEE.

I TOOK MY GAL INTO THE BIG CITY
I BOUGHT HER RINGS AND THINGS TO MAKE HER PRETTY
WITH HER FIGHTIN AND FLIRTIN SHE DON'T CARE WHO SHE'S HURTIN
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANNA BOUT MY LITTLE GIRL
CAUSE I'M GONNA LEAVE HER ANYWAY
WITH HER DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEEEE.
BACKGROUND CHORUS: SUNG IN TWO PART HARMONY BY ENTER GROUP.
VERSE: SUNG BY ONE OR TWO PERSONS FROM GROUPS TO FORM A THIRD
HARMONEZING PART.

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG WAS LEARNED BY BETSY NORTON FROM A FELLOW COUNSELOR,
WHOSE NAME SHE DOES NOT REMEMBER, AT C.Y.O. SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS
IN CARSONVILLE , MICHIGAN. IT HAS NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED TO THEIR
KNOWLEDGE. THE SONG HAS GANED SOME POPULARITY IN THE U-D CAMPUS
AND WAS PERFORMED BY BETSY AND A GROUP
OF GIRLS AS A CAMPUS HOOTENANNY
ON JANUARY 10, 1964.
SCORNFUL SONG CONCERNING PARTING.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

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THREE IRISHMEN

THREE IRISHMEN, THREE IRISHMEN
SITTIN IN A DITCH.
ONE CALLED THE OTHER A DIRTY SON OF A BEAVER
A BEAVER SITTIN ON A LOG
ALONG CAME A BUMBLE BEE AND STUNG HIM ON THE COCK_TALE
GINGER ALE, FIVE CENTS A GLASS
IF YOU DON,T LIKE IT SHOVE IT UP YOUR
ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS FOR I WILL TELL NO LIES.
IF YOU GET HIT WITH A BUCKET OF SHIT,
BE SURE TO CLOSE YOUR EYES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): Irish ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
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Date learned: 00-00-1959

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AND THERE WAS GRANNY SWINGING ON THE OUTHOUSE DOOR,
WITHOUT HER NIGHTY;
AND GRANDPA YELLING "MORE, MORE, MORE." HE'S GONNA GET SOME.

Submitter comment:

A LITTLE DITTY QUITE POPULAR AMONG OT;S, VARIOUS
FRATS, AND ENGINEERRS.

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Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PARTY POOPER

EVERY PARTY HAS A POOPER,
THAT'S WHY I INVITED YOU
PARTY POOPER.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS SOMETIMES SUNG.

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Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; Music' ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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DOWN IN THE MEDDY (MEADOW)
IN AN ITTY BITTY POOL
SWAM THREE LITTLE FISHIES
AND A MAMA FISHY TOO
SWIM SAID THE MAMA FISH
SWIM AS FAST AS YOU CAN
AND THEY SWAM AND THEY SWAM
RIGHT OVER THE DAM

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; SONG ; Tune

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

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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FUZZY WUZZY WAS A BEAR
FUZZY WUZZY HAD NO HAIR
FUZZY WUZZY WASN'T FUZZY WUZZY
WAS HE?

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Where learned: COLLECTOR DOES NOT REMEMBER

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; poem ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
YOU BELONG IN A ZOO,
WITH THE LIONS AND TIGERS,
AND THE MONKEYS LIKE YOU.

Submitter comment:

SUNG AS A SECOND VERSE TO HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; TAUNT ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 11-09-1968

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STEELBALL IS A RACE HORSE,
I WISH HE WAS MINE,
HE NEVER DRANK WATER,
HE ONLY DRANK WINE.

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Where learned: RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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WHEN IT'S SPRINGTIME IN ALASKA,
AND IT'S 99 BELOW.
AND THE ESKIMO RUNS BAREFOOT,
THROUGH 40 FEET OF SNOW.
THE POLAR BEAR SITS IN THE SUNSHINE,
AND THE SEALS SING ALL THE DAY,
WHEN IT'S SPRINGTIME IN ALASKA,
I'LL BE COMING BACK YOUR WAY.

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Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; SONG ; Tune

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

Date learned: 11-23-1968

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ENGLISH FOLK SONG

PAT MAY BE FOOLISH,
AND VERY OFTEN WRONG;
PAT HAS GOT A TEMPER,
THAT DON,T LAST VERY LONG.
PAT IS FOND OF JOLITY
THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS.
THERE NEVER WAS A COWARD
WHERE THE SHAMROCK GROWS.

Submitter comment:

IT'S ABOUT THE IRISH-NOT NECESSARILY ADMIRATION.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): IRELAND ; Irish ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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SONG OF GOOD HUMOR

LAST NIGHT AS I LAY ON MY PILLOW,
LAST NIGHT AS I LAY ON MY BED,
I STUCK MY FEET OUT OF THE WINDOW
AND IN THE MORNING MY NEIGHBORS WERE DEAD.
BRING BACK, BRING BACK, BRING BACK MY NEIGHBORS TO ME. (SUNG TWICE)

Submitter comment:

SUNG TO THE TUNE OF, "MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE OCEAN."

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): JOKE ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; PARODY ; SONG ; Tune

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

Date learned: 10-27-1971

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POPEYE THE SAILOR

I'M POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN
I LIVE IN A GARBAGE CAN
I LIKE TO GO SWIMMIN
WITH BARE-NAKED WOMEN
I'M POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT IS A FRIENDS BROTHER, AND HE REMEMBERS THIS FROM HIS
CHILDHOOD.
IT IS SUNG TO THE SAME TUNE AS THE REGULAR POPEYE SONG.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE ; Kants, Robert

Keyword(s): JOKE ; Lyrics ; PARODY ; SONG

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

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IT AIN'T GOING TO RAIN NO MORE, NO MORE,
IT AIN'T GOING TO RAIN NO MORE,
BUT HOW IN THE HECK, CAN I WASH MY NECK,
IF IT AIN'T GOING TO RAIN NO MORE.

Submitter comment:

I LEARNED THIS FROM MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS A CHILD

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune

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

Date learned: CA12001965

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