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G.I. SHOES,
G.I. HAT,
G.I. THIS AND
G.I. THAT.
G.I. LIKE YOU
G.I. DO.
G.I. HOPE YOU LIKE ME, TOO.

Submitter comment: AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963

Data entry tech comment: ADDED COMMAS WHERE NEEDED

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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BAR SONG

AT THE BAR, AT THE BAR,
WHERE I SMOKED MY FIRST CIGAR,
AS THE NICKLES AND THE DIMES ROLLED AWAY.
IT WAS THERE BY CHANCE,
THAT I LOST MY SUNDAY PANTS,
AT THE BAR, AT THE BAR ONE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): APPARENTLY A MILITARY SONG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

WOAH, WOAH, WOOAH, WOAH, WOAH, WOOAH.
WOAH, WOAH, WOOAH, WOAH, WOAH, WOOAH.
SGT., SGT., CAN'T YOU SEE?
THIS OL' DRILL IS KILLING ME.
SGT., SGT., CAN'T YOU SEE?
THIS OL' DRILL IS KILLING ME.
MISERY, MISERY.
MISERY, MISERY.
MISERY, MISERY.
THAT'S ALL THIS TRAINING MEANS TO ME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY TRAINING BASIC TRAINING ; SERGEANT SONG, LIKE CAPTAIN SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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RHYME

FIRST THEY HIRED ME,
THEN THEY FIRED ME,
THEN BY GOLLY I LEFT MY WIFE AND 23 CHILDREN TO DIE OF STARVATION
AND THOUGH IT WAS RIGHT. {THOUGHT?}

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID WHILE WALKING, WITH THE BEAT COINCIDING WITH THE PACE
OF THE WALK. THE INDIVIDUAL SAYS THE FIRST WORK OF THE RHYME
WHILE STEPPING DOWN WITH HIS LEFT FOOT, AND FINISHES SO THAT WHEN
HE SAYS "RIGHT," HE LANDS ON HIS RIGHT FOOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY CADENCE?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.349

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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PROVERB

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE THEY JUST SLOWLY FADE AWAY

Submitter comment: HEARD IT ON TV ABOUT MCARTHUR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): DISILLUSIONMENT ; MILITARY ; REFERRING TO GENERAL DOUGLAS MAC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ONE ENLISTED MAN WORTH TEN PRESSED
THIS IS AN OLD PROVERB AMONG MILITARY MEN.
THAT DRAFTED MEN ARE WORTH ONLY ONE ENLISTED MAN AS SOLDIERS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY ; QUALITY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 First / Once / One / Newness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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PROVERB IN VERSE

OURS IS NOT TO REASON WHY
OURS IS BUT TO DO OR DIE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MILITARY ; OBEDIENCE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CUSTOMS

CIGARS: IF YOU ARE EITHER NEWLY PROMOTED OR A NEW FATHER, YOU
DISTRIBUTE CIGARS TO ALL OFFICERS.

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION, NEW FATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number

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WETTING DOWN YOUR COMMISSION

WHENEVER YOU ARE PROMOTED, YOU ARE OBLIGED TO HOLD A
"WETTING_DOWN PARTY".

Where learned: NOT INCLUDED

Keyword(s): MILITARY ; PROMOTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-19-1965

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MARINE SHOWER

AFTER A SHOWER, DRY YOURSELF WITH THE WASHCLOTH FIRST BEFORE THE
TOWEL. THIS KEEPS YOUR TOWEL DRIER LONGER. THIS WAS PROBABLY
STARTED WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO MOVE SO OFTEN THEY WOULDN'T HAVE
TO PACK A WET TOWEL.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: DATE NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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BACKWARDNESS

A COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS WERE IN THE NAVY. AFTER COMING HOME, WHEN
THEY SEE EACH OTHER ON THE STREET, THEY BOTH TURN AROUND AND WALK
BY EACH OTHER BACK TO BACK. THEY DO THIS TO SHOW THEIR MUTUAL
FEELING THAT EVERYTHING IS DONE BACKWARDS IN THE NAVY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA, ASSUMED ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1967

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AFTER GRADUATION AT WEST POINT, THE NEW LIEUTENANTS RETURN TO
THEIR ROOMS AND THROW THEIR CADET UNIFORMS OUT THE WINDOWS TO THE
CHILDREN WHO HAVE GATHERED FOR THE CEREMONY. THE GRADUATES HAVE
NO FURTHER USE FOR THE CLOTHES THEY WORE WHILE THEY WERE CADETS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS HAPPEN AFTER THE GRADUATION OF JUNE 1961.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): GRADUATION MILITARY CADETS ; MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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MILITARY BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A SOLDIER TO CARRY AN UMBRELLA.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO SHOW
THE WORLD HOW RUGGED HE IS AND NEEDS NO PROTECTION. HE ALSO SAID
THAT HIS OFFICER HAD TOLD HIM NEVER TO CARRY AN UMBRELLA WHILE IN
UNIFORM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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COAST GUARD ACADEMY

HIGH ABOVE LONG ISLAND'S WATERS
THERE'S AN OLD JUNK YARD,
SOME SAY IT'S A NAVY DRY DOCK,
WE CALL IT COAST GUARD.

Submitter comment: A SONG I LEARNED IN COLLEGE
TUNE: "HIGH ABOVE CAYUGA WATERS"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MILITARY

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

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
MAJOR
MAJOR WHO?
MAJOR COME DOWNSTAIRS, DIDN'T I?

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

Keyword(s): MILITARY TITLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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IN THE SERVICE, THE FIRST TIME YOU CROSS THE EQUATOR YOU MUST
RUN THE GAUNTLET AND EVERYONE BEATS ON YOU. YOU MUST DO THIS NO
MATTER WHAT YOUR RANK IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST TIME ; MILITARY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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LIGHTS

IT IS VERY BAD LUCK IN THE NAVY AIRBORNE FOR THREE FRIENDS TO LIGHT
THEIR CIGARETTES FROM THE SAME MATCH.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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Legend

DURING THE REVOLUTION, THERE WAS A DESERTER WHO LIVED IN A SHACK
WITH A WOMAN THAT HE KIDNAPPED, AND FROM THIS WOMAN HE HAD A SON
WHO LATER DID THE SAME THING AS HIS FATHER AND IT HAS GONE ON LIKE
THIS FOR GENERATIONS. IT IS RUMORED THAT THE MAN IS STILL
LOOKING FOR HIS WIFE BUT HAS NOT FOUND HER YET.
 

Submitter comment:

LEROY SAW THE CABIN AND SAYS HE GOT THE LEGEND FROM THIS
EXPERIENCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 02-22-2011 by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ABDUCTION ; Common Law ; DESERTER ; ILLEGITIMACY ; MARRIAGE ; MILITARY ; REVOLUTIONARY WAR ; Shack

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 09-25-1967

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G.I. SHOES,
G.I. HAT,
G.I. THIS AND
G.I. THAT.
G.I. LIKE YOU
G.I. DO.
G.I. HOPE YOU LIKE ME, TOO.

Submitter comment: AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963

Data entry tech comment: ADDED COMMAS WHERE NEEDED

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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STORY OF ROB BACKUS

I HEARD THIS STORY FROM A GUY NAMED ROB BACKUS IN 1969. HE LIVED
IN A HOUSE WHERE I SPENT A LOT OF TIME. ROB TOLD A STORY ONE TIME
ABOUT HOW HE GOT OUT OF THE U.S. NAVY. ROB WAS A SEAMAN ON A
NAVY SHIP AND HE WAS GROWING MORE DISCONTENTED WITH LIFE IN THE
NAVY. ONE DAY HE WENT TO A MUSIC STORE AND BOUGHT A SAXOPHONE.
THE NEXT DAY IN THE EARLY MORNING BEFORE REVILLE HE CLIMBED TO
THE TOP OF THE MAST OF THE SHIP. WHEN THE SAILORS WERE ASSEMBLED
FOR REVILLE HE STARTED BLOWING ON THE SAXOPHONE. THEY FINALLY
GOT HIM TO COME DOWN, AND SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, HE WAS DISCHARGED
FROM THE NAVY. HE HAD NEVER PLAYED A SAXOPHONE BEFORE THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY HAPPENED DURING THE VITENAM WAR ERA, AND IT WAS
GRATIFYING TO ME TO KNOW THAT ONE PERSON THAT I KNEW HAD BEEN ABLE
TO SAVE HIS LIFE FROM THE PERILS OF VIETNAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

James Callow Keyword(s): FEIGNED INSANITY TO GET OUT OF MILITARY SERVICE.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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