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O ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, THY SHINING FACE
THAT SPEAKS THY MIGHTY POWER
IN MY POCKET, FIND A RESTING PLACE,
FOR I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR.
AMEN.

Where learned: SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE MONOLOGUE QUATRAIN ; INDIRECTION SATIRE MONEY ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; MOCK-PIOUS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, IMPERFECT, ABAB

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DINNER PRAYERS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT, GOOD GOD LET'S EAT
RUB A DUB DUB, THANKS FOR THE GRUB YEEEAAA GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MOCK GRACE

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

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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TOAST

THROUGH THE TEETH AND OVER THE GUMS,
LOOKOUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; MOCK GRACE BEFORE EATING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI,
ALL COVERED WITH CHEESE,
I LOST MY POOR MEATBALL.
WHEN SOMEBODY SNEEZED.

IT ROLLED OFF THE TABLE , AND ONTO THE FLOOR.
THEN MY POOR MEATBALL ROLLED OUT OF THE DOOR.
IT ROLLED INTO THE GARDEN AND UNDER A BUSH
AND NOW MY POOR MEATBALL IS NOTHING BUT MUSH.

Submitter comment: TUNE: ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): MOCK EPIC

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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SONG ABOUT MEATBALLS.

ON TOP OF SPAGETTI
ALL COVERED WITH CHEESE
I LOST MY TWO MEATBALLS
WHEN SOMEBODY SNEEZED.
THEY ROLLED OFF THE TABLE
AND ON TO THE FLOOR.
THE LAST TIME I SAW THEM
THEY ROLLED OUT THE DOOR.
A TRUCK RAN THEM OVER.
THEY DIED THE NEXT DAY--
WE'LL HONOR THEM TRULY
ON " MEMORIAL DAY "

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S LINES HAVE BEEN BROKEN INTO METRICAL UNITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MOCK EPIC ; SPAGHETTI

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

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CHINKATEE CHUU CHUU PAN

ONCE THERE LIVED A CHINA MAN
HIS NAME WAS CHINKATEE CHUU CHUU PAN
HIS LEGS WERE LONG
HIS FEET WERE SHORT
POOR LITTLE CHINK COULD HARDLY WALK
AT LAST ONE DAY HE DID DIE
AND IN HIS COFFIN HE DID LIE
THEY SENT HIS BODY TO JAPAN
AND THAT WAS THE END OF THE CHINA MAN.
CHINKATEE, CHINKATEE CHUU CHUU PAN
ALA GA WAL A GA, STUN OF A LULA GA
AND THAT WAS THE END OF THE CHINA MAN.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS UNCLE IN NEW YORK MANY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTRAST: LONG AND SHORT ; HUMOR ; MOCK EPIC ; NONSENSE REFRAIN ; RHYME: AABCDEEAAAFA

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

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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CHILDHOOD RHYME

HERE COMES THE BRIDE,
ALL DRESSED IN WHITE.
SHE STEPPED ON A TURTLE,
AND DOWN CAME HER GIRDLE.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT INFORMANT,S HOME 885 COVINGTON DR., DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; HUMOR MOCKERY ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; PARODY ; RHYME: ABCC

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

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

OOOY GOOY WAS A WORM/ A NOBLE WORM WAS HE=
HE CRAWLED UPON THE RAILROAD TRACKS/ THE TRAIN HE DID NOT SEE,/
OOOY GOOY}

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; MOCK EPIC ; RHYME:ABCB

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

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VERSE

OOEY GOOEY WAS A WORM,
A MIGHTY WORM WAS HE.
HE CRAWLED UPON THE RAILROAD TRACKS.
A TRAIN HE DID NOT SEE.
OOEY GOOEY}

Submitter comment: HE GAVE THIS TO ME WHILE WALKING ON A RAINY NIGHT.
I MENTIONED THAT THE NIGHTCRAWLERS WERE OUT ON THE SIDEWALK.
RECITED, NOT SUNG

Where learned: WALKING

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION EUPHEMISM ; MOCK EPIC

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

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CHILDHOOD DITTY

OOEY GOOEY WAS A WORM,
A MIGHTY WORM WAS HE.
HE SAT UPON A RAILROAD TRACK,
THE TRAIN HE DID NOT SEE.
OOOEY GOOOEY}

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION EUPHEMISM ; INTERNAL RHYME ; MOCK EPIC ; RHYME: ABCBB

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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Entertainment: Catch Tale

TELL VICTIM YOU CAN MAKE A MATCH BURN TWICE. LIGHT MATCH, AND BLOW
OUT. THEN STICK THE TIP INTO THE VICTIM'S HAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Edited on 11-30-2010/ added Motifs,Keywords,BN. -TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CATCH ; Catch Riddle ; CATCH TALE ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; MATCH ; MATCHES ; MOCK EPIC FIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-16-1968

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY YULE,
TAKE A FRIEND AND GO TO SHULE.

Submitter comment: YULE IS AT CHRISTMAS TIME, AND SHULE IS A JEWISH HOUSE
OF WORSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): HOLIDAYS ; MOCK EPIC ; PARODY OF SONG ; RELIGIOUS ; RELIGIOUS OR PIOUS MOCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.642

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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HAMBONE

HAMBONE, HAMBONE, HAVE YOU HEARD?
MOMMA'S GONNA BUY YOU A MARKING BIRD.
IF THAT MARKING BIRDIE DON'T SING,
MOMMA'S GONNA BUY YOU A DIAMOND RING.
IF THAT DIAMOND RING DON'T SHINE,
MOMMA'S GONNA BUY YOU A BOTTLE O WINE.
IF THAT BOTTLE OF WINE DON'T DRINK,
MOMMA'S GONNA BUY YOU A KITCHEN SINK.
HAMBONE, HAMBONE, HAVE YOU HEARD?
MOMMA'S GONNA BUY YOU A MARKING BIRD.

Submitter comment: THE SONG IS SUNG TO THE TUNE OF HUSH LITTLE BABY,
BUT THE TEMPO IS MUCH FASTER. ONE HAND BEATS THE LEG
AND CHEST DURING THE SONG. AND THE SONG IS ESPECIALLY
POPULAR AMONG MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHAIN WITH INTERLINKED ITEMS ; MOCKING BIRD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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HOW TO PRESERVE A HUSBAND

BE CAREFUL, IN YOUR SELECTION
DO NOT CHOOSE TOO YOUNG
SOME INSIST ON KEEPING THEM IN A PICKLE,
WHILE OTHERS KEEP THEM IN HOT WATER.
THIS ONLY MAKES THEM SOUR, HARD AND
SOMETIMES BITTER.
EVEN POOR VARIETIES MAY BE MADE SWEET,
TENDER AND GOOD BY GARNISHING THEM WITH
PATIENCE, WELL SWEETENED WITH SMILES AND
FLAVORED WITH KISSES TO TASTE.
WRAP THEM IN A MANTLE OF CHARITY,
KEEP WARM WITH A STEADY FIRE OF DOMESTIC
DEVOTION AND SERVE WITH PEACHES AND CREAM.
WHEN THUS PREPARED THEY WILL KEEP FOR YEARS.

Submitter comment: THIS "FAVORITE RECIPE" WAS PASSED FROM THE INFORMANT'S
MOTHER TO THE INFORMANT JUST BEFORE HER WEDDING IN
1952. ORIGIN CIRCA 1926 OR BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RECIPE

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR ; METAPHOR ; MOCK RECIPE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Marriage

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"Great Green Gobs"

(sung to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare")
Great green gobs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
Dirty little birdies' feet
French fried eyeballs lying in a pool of blood,
And I forgot my spoon!

Submitter comment: This "classic" children's parody of the "The Old Gray Mare"
was learned by Terry in Ohio during the 50's. It is still
being sung in much the same manner by children in the Detroit
area, as well as children in the Chicago area. Probably
versions of it are sung throughout the United States.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): mock horror, cannibalism, humor, gore

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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(sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Glory, glory, halleluia
Teacher hit me with a ruler.
So I hit her in the bean
With a rotten tangerine
And that's the end of school!

Submitter comment: I learned this same song in Cincinnati, Ohio during the
1950's, and when I asked people to recall the silly
school songs of their youth, this was usually the first one
they would sing.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): parody, humor, mock violence

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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"INCHY PINCHY"

This practical joke begins when one person convinces
another (usually a younger/naive) person that they are
going to be initiated into a special group. The "initiate"
is taken into a darkened room, with perhaps only a candle
for a light, and seated on the floor. Others come into the
room (quietly and reverentially) and seat themselves in
a circle, in which the "initiate" is included. (Everyone
but the person who is the target of the joke is a co-conspirator.)
After everyone is seated in a circle, the
leader (seated next to the victim) announces that the
ceremony is about to begin. He instructs the "initiate"
to copy his motions exactly, doing to his neighbor what
is done to him. The leader, then, reaches out and grabs
the victim's cheek and gently pulls on it, saying
solemnly, "Inchy Pinchy." This should be intoned slowly--
"In...chy Pin...chy." The victim pulls the cheek of
the person next to him and does likewise, and the motion is
passed around the circle. Again the leader reaches out
and grabs another part of the victim's face, perhaps the
forehead or nose, and says "Inchy Pinchy." Again the
motion is passed around the circle. This continues as
many times as the leader wants. When the "ritual" is
over, the victim is instructed to look in the mirror to
verify how the ceremony has transformed him. When he
does so, he realizes that each time the leader touched
his face, that he had been smeared with lipstick (or any
other substance that can be concealed in the hand). At the
moment of realization everyone shouts "INCHY PINCHY!"

Submitter comment: This was a joke I learned at a slumber party when I was
in seventh grade. My older brother and I successfully
played it on my younger brother, Greg, who reminded me
of it when I asked for any possible folklore items,
especially children's songs/games. A copy of a story he
wrote about this experience has been submitted as
supplementary material.

Where learned: OHIO ; COLUMBUS

Keyword(s): Humor, trick, mock rite-of-passage

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001965CA

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Ethnic Joke: Misc.

One fellow advising another to buy Fisher Price Toy MFG.Co. stock, because they were planning to marker a new item that was expected to go great. It was a boxed jigsaw puzzle made expressly for (Poles, or Italians, or Irish, etc.) with instructions which would eliminate any confusion by saying "open either end."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission located in pile marked [?]

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK ; Collection

Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; Entertainments ; ETHNIC ; GAMES ; Investment ; Italian ; Jewish ; Mockery ; POLISH ; RIDICULE ; Stereotype ; Stock

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

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN LAUGHS AT A DEFORMED PERSON, HER
CHILD WILL BEAR THAT PERSON'S DEFORMITY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Deformity ; Disability ; Fetus ; infant ; Laugh ; Mock ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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