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THERE WAS A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED BRIGHT,
WHOSE SPEED WAS MUCH FASTER THAN LIGHT.
SHE SET OUT ONE DAY,
IN A RELATIVE WAY,
AND RETURNED ON THE PREVIOUS NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): HUMOR, FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; INDIRECTION LIMERICK ; METER: ANAPESTIC TETRAMETER ; QUATRAIN CONTRADICTIONS ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBA ; RIDICULE NONSENSE

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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THREE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM, WENT TO SEA IN A BOWL; IF THE BO; HAD BEEN STRONGER,

Submitter comment: HEARD IN SCHOOL.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT NONSENSE ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCC ; RHYME: FEMININE, REPETITION ; SATIRE UNDERSTATEMENT EPITAPH LAMENT

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

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BILL HAD A BILLBOARD
HE ALSO HAD A BOARD BILL
BILL SOLD HIS BILLBOARD TO PAY FOR HIS BOARD BILL
THEREFORE, BILL'S BILLBOARD NO LONGER BORED BILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATES THE RHYME HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR A LONG
TIME AND WAS RELATED TO HIM BY HIS FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING NONSENSE ; HUMOR PUN INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; RHYME: ABBB ; TONGUETWISTER ; WORD PLAY, ITERATION (FINAL) ALLITERATION

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

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DAN, DAN, THE FUNNY WEE MAN,
WASHED HIS FACE WITH A FRYING PAN.
COMBED HIS HAIR WITH THE LEG OF A CHAIR,
DAN, DAN, THE FUNNY WEE MAN.

Data entry tech comment: OLD DAN TUCKER?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): COMPARE "OLD DAN TUCKER" ; QUATRAIN NONSENSE ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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SPARKLE, STARKLE, LITTLE TWINK,
WHO THE TELL YOU ARE I HINK.
I'M NOT IMBRICATED,
I'M NOT AS DRUNK AS SOME TINKLE PEEP I AM.
I'VE ONLY HAD TEA MARTOONIES,
ANYWAY I'VE ALL DAY SOBER TO SUNDAY UP IN.
I FOOL SO FEELISH, I DON'T KNOW WHO IS ME YET,
BUT THE DRUNKER I STAND HERE,
THE LONGER I GET.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: OHIO

Keyword(s): CONTRADICTIONS MONOLOGUE HUMOR ; EUPHEMISM PARODY DRINKING ; NONSENSE WORDS METER TROCHEE ; TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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EENY MEENY MAKARAKE
CHER A DOMINACKE
CHICK A CHOL A LOLLIPOPE
AM TAM TISH.

Where learned: VOLUNTEERED

Keyword(s): NONSENSE

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

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AUTOGRAPH

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
ORCHIDS ARE $6.50
WILL DANDELIONS DO?

Data entry tech comment: QUESTION MARK ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE ; PARODY ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN YOU ARE OLD
AND OUT OF SHAPE
REMEMBER GIRDLES
ARE $2.98

Submitter comment: ENTERED INTO DIANE BRUKWINSKI'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN
DETROIT MICHIGAN IN 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE ; RHYME ABCB ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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SINGING, DANCING AND CLAPPING GAME.

EENIE-MEENIE GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE? AHCHEE-KAHCHEE,
LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO. I SAW YOU WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND LAST
NIGHT. HOW DO YOU KNOW? I PEEKED THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, NOSY! WASH
THOSE DISHES, LAZY! JUMP OUT THE WINDOW, CRAZY! GIVE ME SOME CANDY
STINGEY! SO EENIE-MEENIE, GYPSA-LEENIE, WHO SHOT AHMALEENIE?
AHCHEE-KAHCHEE, LIBERACE, I LOVE YOU. TOO-TOO::

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; TELEVISION PERSONALITY

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

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

AKA BAKA SODA CRACKER;
AKA BAKA BOO.
AKA BAKA SODA CRACKER,
OUT GOES YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: CA00001961

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WHEN BABIES ARE BORN

ON THE GROWING OF THE FULL MOON
AND THE FALLING OF THE FULL MOON,
BABIES ARE BORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION ; NONSENSE VERSE?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.453
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.542
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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THE FOLLOWING IS A CHEER USED BY THE STUDENTS OF DE LA SALLE HIGH
SCHOOL:
"A BOOM A LAC
A BOOM A LAC
A CHOW CHOW CHOW
A CHIC A LAC
A CHIC A LAC
A BOW BOW BOW
A BOOM A LAC
A CHIC A LAC
A WHO ARE WE?
L-A-S-A-L-L-E LASALLE:

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival
SPEECH -- S555?

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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SONG

THE PIGGITY POOR, OLD SLIGGITY SLAVE.
HAS GIDDILY GONE TO RIGGITY REST,
I NIGGITY KNOW THAT HIGGITY HO,
IS FIRGGITY-0- FREE FREE.
HIS PIGGITY POOR, OLD BIGGITY BONES,
DISTURB HIM NIGGITY NOT,
WAY D-DOWN IN T-TENNESSEE-O-SEE-SEE.

Submitter comment: WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WE USED TO SING THIS, I DO NOT
RECALL WHERE I EXACTLY HEARD IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; STUTTERING

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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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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KE-MO KI-MO KIT E A ME WAY
ME-HI ME-HO
ME IN COME PERRIWINKLE
IN COME NIPCAT, HIT HIM WITH A BRICK-BAT
SING SONG KIT-A-CATCH-A-KI-ME-O

Submitter comment: PART OF A SONG I LEARNED AS A LITTLE BOY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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SPECTACLES

FOUR EYES, DOUBLE CHIN,/ ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MONKEY GRIN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COUPLET FUNCTION NONSENSE ; GLASSES INSULT ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

I WOKE UP SUNDAY MORNING,
I LOOKED UPON THE WALL,
THE COOTIES AND THE BEDBUGS
WERE HAVING A GAME OF BALL.
THE SCORE WAS 6 TO NOTHING,
THE COOTIES WERE AHEAD.
THE BEDBUGS HIT A HOMERUN AND KNOCKED ME OUT OF BED.

Submitter comment: FROM THE CHILDREN OF HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): HANGOVER VISION ; INSECTS ; MARVELS ; QUATRAIN HUMOR NONSENSE ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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LIMERICK

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY FOM WOOSTER/WHO WAS OFTEN ANNOYED BY A ROOSTER.
SHE CUT OFF HIS HEAD/ UNTIL HE WAS DEAD/ AND NOW HE CAN'T CROW LIKE
HE USETER.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; IMPERFECT RHYME ; NONSENSE ANTICLIMAX ; RHYME: AABBA ; SLANG

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

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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RAMM SAM SAM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS

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

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SARASPONDA

SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, RET-SET-SET(REPEAT),
AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-BOOM-DAY-RET-SET-SET,
AW-SAY-PAW-SAY-OH. BOOMDA,BOOMDA,BOOMDA, (REPEAT).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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