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CAMPSONG DIKKI BIRD

HIGH IN A TREE A DIKKI BIRD
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
HIGH IN A TREE A DIKKI BIRD SAT.
BENEATH HIM SAT A FURRY BLACK
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
BENEATH HIM SAT A FURRY BLACK CAT.
HE SAID FOR DINNER I SHALL HAVE
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
HE SAID FOR DINNER I SHALL HAVE YOU.
THEN ALL AT ONCE THE DIKKI BIRD
BIM SALA BIM BAM BA SALA DU SALA BIM.
THEN ALL AT ONCE THE DIKKI BIRD FLEW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): DELAYED COMPLETION ; NONSENSE REFRAIN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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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

Date learned: 04-07-1972

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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.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C7309

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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NO WIFE FOR REPLACEMENT

A MAN'S CAR CAUGHT FIRE AND WAS DESTROYED. IT BEING INSURED,
HE WENT AT ONCE TO THE INSURANCE OFFICE AND DEMANDED HIS MONEY.
HE WAS GIVEN A FORM TO FILL OUT, AND WAS TOLD THAT HE COULD
NOT GET THE MONEY, BUT THE CAR WOULD BE REPLACED.
"OH," SAID HE, "IF THAT'S THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS, I WANT
TO CANCEL MY WIFE'S LIFE INSURANCE POLICY IMMEDIATELY."

Data entry tech comment: ITEM PUNCHED AS IT APPEARED ON CARD

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; INSURANCE ; MARRIAGE ; NONSENSE ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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CHILDREN'S RIME

EENIE, MEENIE, MINEE, ME, CATCH A NIGGER BY THE TEE.
IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO.
EENIE, MEENIE, MINEE, ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORD ; TOE

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

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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CHILDREN'S VERSE

TATTLE-TALE; TATTLE-TALE
HANG IT ON A BULL'S TAIL
IF THE BULL STARTS TO PEE
YOU WILL HAVE A CUP OF TEA

Where learned: TOLD TO ME IN MY APARTMENT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE

James Callow Keyword(s): REBUKE ; SLANG FOR URINATION

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

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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ELIMINATING GAME

EENIE MEENIE, TWIPSEY TWEENEY
APPLE JACK AND JONNIE SWEENEY
EYCHIE, PYCHIE, DAMAN EYCHIE
OUT GOES YOU

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RAH, RAH, REE,
KICK HIM IN THE KNEE;
RAH, RAH, RASS,
KICK HIM IN THE...

Submitter comment: WHEN ASKED BY THE INSTRUCTOR IF THIS ITEM WAS A CHEER, THE COLLECTOR
SAID IT WAS.

Data entry tech comment: I LEARNED A VARIANT OF THIS CHEER AT ST. ELIZABETH'S GRADE SCHOOL IN
DETROIT IN THE LATE 1960'S:
RAH RAH REE
KICK 'EM IN THE KNEE;
RAH RAH RASS
KICK 'EM IN THE...OTHER KNEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ELLIPSIS ; HUMOR ; NONSENSE WORDS ; REPETITION ; SPORTS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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COUNTING-OUT RHYME

ACKA BACKA,
SOWED THE CROCKA,
ACKA BACKA BOO.
IN COMES UNCLE SAM,
AND OUT GOES Y*O*U}}

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS FROM PENNSYLVANIA

Data entry tech comment: IN THE LATE 1960'S
I LEARNED A VARIANT OF THIS COUNTING-OUT RHYME AS A CHILD IN DETROIT
ACKA BACKA SODA CRACKA
ACKA BACKA BOO
IF YOUR FATHER CHEWS TOBACKA
OUT GOES YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): NONSENSE WORDS ; REPETITION ; RHYME: ABCB

James Callow Keyword(s): SODA CRACKER

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

IF I WAS A LITTLE PIG,
ROOTING IN YOUR YARD,
AND YOU WERE A LITTLE DOG,
WOULD YOU BITE ME VERY HARD?

Submitter comment: MISSOURI, 1943

Data entry tech comment: PERIOD CHANGED TO QUESTION MARK.

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; QUATRAIN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; METER: TROCHEES ; NONSENSE ; THERIOMOROPHISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1943

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Language: Rhyme

Nonsense Rhyme:

Of all the fishies in the brook,
I'd rather be a bass.

I'd climb up on the biggest rock
And slide down on my hands and knees.

Submitter comment:

Undetermined Origin

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): Brook ; FISH ; Fishies ; Hands ; Knees ; Language ; NONSENSE ; RHYME ; Rock ; Slide

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

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THE BAREFOOT BOY CAME WALKING DOWN THE STREET
WITH HIS PANTS FULL OF POCKETS AND HIS SHOES FULL OF FEET.

Submitter comment:

I REMEMBER CHANTING THIS AS A BOY. I NEVER KNEW WHAT IT MEANT
AND I STILL DON'T.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MUSIC ; NONSENSE ; PARODY ; RHYME ; SONG

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

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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