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TAUNT OF THE WELSH

JOHNNY WAS A WELSHMAN,
JOHNNY WAS A THIEF,
JOHNNY CAME TO MY HOUSE
AND STOLE A LEG OF BEEF.
I WENT TO JOHNNY'S HOUSE,
JOHNNY WAS IN BED,
SO I TOOK UP A POKER
AND HIT HIM ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS AN IRISH TAUNT OF THE WELSH, USUALLY SUNG BY
SMALL CHILDREN AT SCHOOL OR PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PLYMOUTH

Keyword(s): TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB,
THE DOCTOR WAS SURPRISED.
BUT WHEN OLD MAC DONALD HAD A FARM,
HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES.

Submitter comment: UNDETERMINED ORIGIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BIRTH ; NURSERY RHYME ; PARODY ; PUN QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABAB

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

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMP
SHE FILLED IT WITH BENZINE.
SHE WENT TO LIGHT HER LITTLE LAMP,
AND HASN'T SINCE BENZINE (BEEN SEEN).

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IAMBIC METER WORD PLAY ; PARODY NURSERY RHYME ; PUN ACCIDENTS GORE ; SURPRISE ENDING, NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL,
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE, AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME L.S.D.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): DRUGS ; PARODY, NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABAB CHIASMUS ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

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CHILD'S VERSE

IF ALL THE WORLD WAS APPLE PIE,
AND ALL THE SEA WAS INK,
AND ALL THE TREES WERE BREAD AND CHEESE,
WHAT WOULD WE HAVE TO DRINK?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FANTASY ; NURSERY RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL, WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD,
BUT WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS HORRID.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER USED TO RECITE THIS WHEN I WAS BAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

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

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
HOW SHE DID IT, I'LL BE DAMNED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME ; PARODY

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

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHO HAD A LITTLE CURL
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD.
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD, AND
WHEN SHE WAS BAD, SHE WAS DEBBIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP
ALL DAY YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.
(SEE A PIN AND LET IT LAY
CAN'T REMEMBER THE REST).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS COLLECTED FROM MY SISTER. SHE HEARD THIS
FROM HER CLASSMATES; SHE'S IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects

Date learned: 04-11-1967

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET SAT ON A TUFFET, EATING HER CURDS AND WHEY
WHEN ALONG CAME A SPIDER AND SAT DOWN BESIDE HER
AND SHE SMASHED IT WITH HER SPOON

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY ; REVERSAL OF SITUATION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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JACK BE NIMBLE JACK BE QUICK
JACK JUMPED OVER THE CANDLESTICK
AND SINGED THE HAIR OFF HIS LEGS

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD WENT TO THE CUPBOARD TO GET HER POOR DOG A BONE
BUT WHEN SHE BENT OVER THE DOG DROVE HER OVER 'CUZ HE HAD A BONE OF HIS OWN.

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James Callow comment:

KEYPUNCH CARDS ARE MISSING HERE

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY

Subject headings: -- .C730329
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Date learned: 00-00-1968

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JACK AND JILL WENT UP THE HILL, EACH ONE HAD A QUARTER.
WHEN THEY CAME DOWN JILL HAD FIFTY CENTS
AND YOU CAN BET THEY DIDN

James Callow comment: KEYPUNCH CARDS ARE MISSING HERE

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
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Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LITTLE BOY BLEW (BLUE) TIL HIS FATHER FOUND OUT

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
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Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LITTLE JACK HORNER SAT IN THE CORNER EATING HIS SISTER

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
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Date learned: 00-00-1968

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LITTLE JACK HORNER SAT IN THE CORNER...DEAD

Where learned: Massachusetts

James Callow Keyword(s): NURSERY RHYME PARODY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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KNOCK KNOCK JOKE

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO'S THERE?
BOB
BOB WHO?
BOB BA BLACK SHEEP HAVE YOU ANY WOOL?

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): NAME ; NURSERY RHYME: BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD

OLD MOTHER HUBBARD WENT TO THE CUPBOARD,/ TO GET HER POOR DAUGHTER A
DRESS./ WHEN SHE GOT THERE, THE CUPBOARD WAS BARE,/ AND SO WAS
HER DAUGHTER, I GUESS.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): INTERNAL RHYME ; NURSERY RHYME PARODY ; RHYME: ABCB ; SURPRISE ENDING

Subject headings: -- .C730329

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB.
THE DOCTOR WAS SURPRISED.
BUT WHEN OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM,
HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES,

Submitter comment: UNDETERMINED ORIGIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN BIRTH PUN

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

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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OLD KING COLE WAS A MERRY OLD SOUL
A MERRY OLD SOUL WAS HE;
HE CALLED FOR HIS PIPE AND HIS OPIUM BOWL,
AS WELL AS SOME LSD.

Where learned: COLORADO ; FORT LYON

Keyword(s): PARODY--NURSERY RHYME QUATRAIN DRUGS--OPIUM, LSD CHIASMUS ; RHYME: ABAB ; SUPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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