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IF YOU PUT A BLESSED MOTHER STATUE IN THE WINDOW, IT WON'T
RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Catholic ; CATHOLICISM ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 06-14-1973

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THE NIGHTINGALE

EARLY ONE MORNING, ONE MORNING IN SPRING,
TO HEAR THE BIRDS WHISTLE, THE NIGHTINGGALE SING, I MET A FAIR
MAIDEN WHO SWEETLY DID SING, "I'M GOING TO BE MARRIED NEXT MONDAY
MORNING. HOW OLD ARE YOU MY FAIR YOUNG MAID, HERE IN THIS VALLEY,
THIS VALLEY SO GREEN? HOW OLD ARE YOU MY FAIR YOUNG MAID? "I'M
GOING TO BE 16 NEXT MONDAY MORNING." WELL 16 YEARS OLD, THAT'S TOO
YOUNG FOR TO MARRY, SO TAKE MY ADVICE, FIVE YEARS LONGER TO TARRY,
FOR MARRAIGE BRINGS SORROWS AND TROUBLES BEGIN, SO PUT OFF YOUR
WEDDING FOR MONDAY MORNING. YOU TALK LIKE A MADMAN, A MAN WITH NO
SKILL. FIVE YEARS I HAVE WAITED AGAINST MY OWN WILL, AND NOW I'M
DETERMINED TO HAVE MY OWN WAY, AND I'M GOING TO BE MARRIED NEXT
MONDAY MORNING. NEXT MONDAY MORNING, THE BELLS THEY WILL RING,
MY TRUE LOVE WILL BUY ME A GAY GOLDEN RING. ALSO HE'LL BUY ME A
PRETTY NEW GOWN, TO WEAR AT MY WEDDING NEXT MONDAY MORNING.
NEXT MONDAY NIGHT WHEN I GO TO MY BED, I'LL TURN 'ROUND TO THE MAN
THAT I'VE WED. AROUND HIS MIDDLE MY ARMS THEY WILL FLING, OH I
WISH TO MY SOUL IT WAS MONDAY MORNING.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG WAS ARRANGED BY PAUL STOOKEKY, BUT THE WORDS ARE STILL
THE SAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): PAUL STOOKEY OF THE GROUP "PETER, PAUL & MARY?"

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

Date learned: CA03001974

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OLD LADY SHACK

OLD LADY SHACK, ALL DRESSED IN BLACK/ WITH SIX WHITE BUTTONS
STRAIGHT DOWN DOWN HER BACK. SHE ASKED HER MOR FOR 25 CENTS TO SEE
THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE/HE JUMPED SO HIGH TILL HE REACHED THE
SKY/ AND HE NEVER CAME BACK UNTIL THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Submitter comment: I SANG THIS OFTEN AS A CHILD WHILE PLAYING HAND CLAPPING GAMES.

James Callow Keyword(s): MARY MACK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001955-00001960S

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS USELESS AS TITS ON A BOAR.

Submitter comment: OFTEN HEARD IN INFORMANT'S HOMETOWN OF HARDIN, ILLINOIS, POP. 1000.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): BOAR=MALE PIG ; MAMMARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

COLDER THAN A WITCH'S TIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL

James Callow Keyword(s): MAMMARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-19-1970

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HAND-CLAP CHANT

OH MARY MAC, MAC, MAC
ALL DRESSED IN BLACK, BLACK, BLACK
WITH SILVER BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS
ALL DOWN HER BACK, BACK, BACK
SHE ASKED HER MOTHER, MOTHER, MOTHER
FOR FIFTEEN CENTS, CENTS, CENTS
TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS, ELEPHANTS
JUMP THE FENCE, FENCE, FENCE
SHE JUMPED SO HIGH, HIGH, HIGH
SHE REACHED THE SKY, SKY, SKY
AND NEVER CAME BACK, BACK, BACK
TILL THE FOURTH OF JULY, LY, LY
SHE JUMPED SO LOW, LOW, LOW
SHE STUBBED HER TOE, TOE, TOE
AND THAT WAS THE END, END, END
OF THE ELEPHANT SHOW, SHOW, SHOW

Submitter comment: THIS IS A HAND RHYTHMIC GAME WHERE YOU CLAP HANDS, THEN
CLAP ON YOUR TWO THIGHS TOGETHER. THEN YOU ALTERNATE
CLAPPING HANDS TOGETHER, THEN CLAP WITH THE RIGHT HAND
WITH THE SAME HAND OF YOUR PARTNER, THEN HANDS TOGETHER,
THEN LEFT HAND WITH PARTNER. CONTINUE TILL THE END OF
THE RHYME.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MARY MACK

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

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Autograph verse

(Any name may be inserted here) had a little lamb,
And now the lamb is dead.
Now she takes it to school,
Between two loaves of bread.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sandusky

Keyword(s): Sandwich

James Callow Keyword(s): parody of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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AFTER NEW YEAR'S THE PRIEST SHOULD COME AND BLESS YOUR
HOUSE, AND WRITE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND J.M.J. OVER
THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): J.M.J.=JESUS, MARY, JOSEPH.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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MAY CROWNING CUSTOM

AT THE GIRLS' BOARDING SCHOOL I WENT TO IN WISCONSIN
A GIRL WAS CHOSEN EACH YEAR TO BE THE CENTRAL
CHARACTER IN A PROCESSION OF ALL THE GIRLS IN THE
SCHOOL WEARING WHITE DRESSES, BLUE SATIN SASHES, WHITE
(LONG) VEILS, AND CARRYING WHITE GLADIOLAS TO PUT INTO
VASES AROUND AN ALTAR TO MARY. THE GIRL CHOSEN, CALLED
THE MAY CROWNING QUEEN, CARRIED A BOQUET OF WHITE ROSES
WOVEN INTO A CROWN AND PUT IT ON THE HEAD OF A STATUE
OF MARY AT THE FOCAL POINT OF THIS ALTAR. THE GIRLS SANG
SONG AND SAID A ROSARY, & LISTENED TO A HOMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS "MARY" IS SAID TO BE THE MOTHER OF JESUS CHRIST.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Keyword(s): MAY QUEEN ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ASSUMPTION (OF OUR BLESSED LADY)

ON AUGUST 15, THE WOMEN TAKE ONE OF EACH FLOWER FROM
THEIR GARDEN, MAKE A BOUQUET WITH AN APPLE IN THE
MIDDLE, AND TAKE THIS BOUQUET TO CHURCH AND HAVE IT
BLESSED. THIS IS DONE BOTH IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED
MOTHER, AND TO ASK HER PROTECTION, SO THE FLOWERS WILL
BLOOM AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS STILL DONE IN MANY PARISHES WHERE THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF THE OLD POLISH.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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IF YOU GO INTO A CLOSET AND SHUT THE DOOR AND SAY
"MARY WORTH" THIRTY-ONE TIMES WHILE CONCENTRATING
VERY HARD ON HER, YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOUR ARM
OR YOUR LEG IS COMING OFF.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PASTIME TRIED BY MYSELF WHEN I WAS YOUNGER,
AND ONE WHICH MORE CHILDREN TRY).

Where learned: ZX

James Callow Keyword(s): COMIC STRIP CHARACTER=MARY WORTH

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

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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CARRY A ROSARY AT ALL TIMES SO THAT THE BLESSED MOTHER WILL
PROTECT YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Catholic ; SACRAMENTAL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 06-14-1973

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A woman was in church praying to the Blessed Mother. Suddenly she heard a voice say, "My name is Jesus." The woman did not answer, but only prayed harder. Again the voice sounded. The woman turned around, looked, and continued praying. Again in happened. The woman was then very angry and said "Keep Quiet! Can't you see I am talking to your mother?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs entered by TRD

Where learned: SCHOOL ; Myself

Keyword(s): Catholic ; CATHOLICISM ; Family Relationships ; HUMOR ; MOTHER ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; Religious Humor ; Respect for Elders ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

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A woman was in church praying to the Blessed Mother. Suddenly she heard a voice say, "My name is Jesus." The woman did not answer, but only prayed harder. Again the voice sounded. The woman turned around, looked, and continued praying. Again in happened. The woman was then very angry and said "Keep Quiet! Can't you see I am talking to your mother?"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs entered by TRD

Where learned: SCHOOL ; Myself

Keyword(s): Catholic ; Catholocism ; Family Relationships ; HUMOR ; MOTHER ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; Religious Humor ; Respect for Elders ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings:

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Ethnic Joke: Newfoundland

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A minister is walking down the street of a small community in Newfoundland and runs into a drunk.

Minister: You shouldn't drink so much - you'll never get to heaven that way.

Drunk: I bet I'll get to heaven faster than you will.With that the drunk drops dead in the street and a few days later the minister passes on. The minister finds himself in Hell and asks the Devil for a reconsideration. The Devil lets him make a phone call to heaven to ask why he is in Hell.

Minister: Hello, is this Heaven?

Voice: Yes, this is Mary.

Minister: The Blessed Virgin Mary?

Mary: No - not since that Newfie came up here.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; DEROGATORY ; DRUNKENNESS ; ETHNIC ; Icons ; Innuendo ; Minister ; Newfoundland ; RELIGION ; SEX ; VIRGIN MARY

James Callow Keyword(s): Newfoundland

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

Crosses on Donkeys:

The fur on a donkey's back seems to make a dark cross length-wise. According to the informant, the cross is there because Christ rode the donkey into Jerusalem. When she told me this, another person who was present said she had always heard it was there because Mary rode on the donkey.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P682.4, M247.3] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ;

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ASS ; Christ ; CHRISTIANITY ; Cross ; DONKEY ; DONKEY ; Fur ; HAIR ; Jerusalem ; JESUS ; Mary ; RELIGION ; SYMBOL ; VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

Mary had a little watch

She swallowed it one day

She took a dose of castor oil

Just to pass the time away.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; CASTOR OIL ; EUPHEMISM ; Mary ; parody of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Tune ; VERSE ; Watch

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language: Rhyme

Mary had a little lamb

The doctor had a fix

'Til Old Macdonald had a farm

Then the doctor quit.

Data entry tech comment:

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Keyword(s): DOCTOR ; Farm ; JOKE ; Lamb ; Language ; Mary ; Old MacDonald ; PLAY ON WORDS ; poem ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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COLLEGE LEGEND

WHILE I WAS ATTENDING MARYGROVE COLLEGE (64-66) THE
STORY WAS ALWAYS TOLD ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN WHO LIVED FOR A YEAR IN THE
UNDERGROUND TUNNEL CONNECTING THE BUILDINGS. WE NEVER TRIED TO
SUBSTANTIATE OR DISPROVE IT, BUT WHENEVER WE HAD TO GO NEAR
THE TUNNEL EXIT WE ALWAYS TOOK A FRIEND ALONG FOR SAFETY AND
NEVER LINGERED TOO LONG AROUND IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dweller ; Legend ; Marygrove ; Rumor ; Tunnels ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RELIGIOUS BELIEF

IF YOU SAY A "HAIL MARY" FOR EACH ONE OF YOUR TEETH, THEN SAINT
POLLONIA WILL PROTECT YOUR TEETH FROM HARM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

Keyword(s): hail Mary ; Patron ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Saint ; Saint Pollonia ; TEETH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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