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THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK,
EATIN' GOOBERS BY THE PECK.
THEN THEY FOUND THE STEAM WAS HOT,
HE PUT THE GOOBERS IN THE POT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOBERS=PEANUTS ; HUMOR, FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: IAMBIC ; QUATRAIN MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SLANG PARODY EATING

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

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THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN FROM THE CITY,
WHO MET WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A KITTY.
HE GAVE IT A PAT
AND SAID, "NICE LITTLE CAT!"
THEY BURIED HIS CLOTHES OUT OF PITY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE: LIMERICK ; HUMOR ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ANTICLIMAX QUINTAIN ; RHYME: AABBA, FEMININE ; SKUNK ; SOUND: DACTYLIC TETRAMETER ; SUBJECT: ACCIDENTS, ANIMALS ; UNDERSTATEMENT IRONY

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

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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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SITTIN' BY THE ROADSIDE ON A SUMMER DAY,
CHATTING WITH MY MESS MATES, PASSING TIME AWAY,
LAYING IN THE SHADOW UNDERNEATH THE TREE,
GOODNESS, HOW DELICIOUS EATING GOOBER PEAS!

CHORUS: PEAS, PEAS, PEAS, PEAS,
GOODNESS HOW DELICIOUS EATING GOOBERPEAS!

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECITED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD ; FOOD, EATING ; GOOBERS=PEANUTS ; IT MAY ALSO BE SUNG. ; METER: IAMBIC, ANAPESTIC ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music 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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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

SHALL I TELL YOU A STORY
ABOUT JACK AND HIS GLORY?
SHALL I BEGIN IT?
THAT'S ALL THAT'S IN IT.

SHALL I TELL YOU ANOTHER
ABOUT JACK AND HIS BROTHER?
SHALL I BEGIN IT?
THAT'S ALL THAT'S IN IT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS RECITED IN TWO PARTS AS SHOWN BY THE BREAK I PUT IN BETWEEN.
THE FIRST JUMPER ENTERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST PART AND EXITS
AT THE END OF IT. THE SECOND JUMPER DOES THE SAME THING FOR THE
SECOND PART.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

James Callow Keyword(s): JACK-A-NORY ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE IN VERSE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.560 BB C82

Date learned: 00001960S

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POLISH CUSTOM

PECZKI DAY OCCURS THE DAY BEFORE LENT BEGINS. EACH MOTHER IS
SUPPOSED TO BAKE SPECIAL JELLY DONUTS FOR THE FAMILY TO FEAST
UPON BEFORE THE LENTEN FAST BEGINS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUTS ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

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PUNSHKI DAY

THE POLISH PEOPLE MAKE LITTLE DONUTS ON THE DAY BEFORE ASH
WEDNESDAY, WHICH SIGNIFIES THAT YOU MUST FAST DURING LENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DOUGHNUTS ; PACZKI ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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RECIPE FOR WALNUT FILLING

GRIND WALNUTS 1 1/2 POUND
3 CUPS OF SUGAR
MIX TOGETHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUTS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Nut

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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A SHORT BIOGRAPHY

I,LL TELL YOU A STORY
OF OLD HUNKY DORY
NOW MY STORY,S BEGUN.
I,LL TELL YOU ANOTHER
OF OLD HUNKY,S BROTHER
AND NOW MY STORY IS DONE.

Submitter comment: CHILDHOOD

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; NARRATIVE VERSE ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ; RHYME: AABCCB

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RHYME OF MOCKERY

SUSIE AND JOHNNY SITTING IN A TREE, MM
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. MM
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,/
THEN COMES JOHNNY WITH THE BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: ALWAYS SUNG AS A TYPE OF MOCKERY AND KIDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIRE SHORES, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; KISSING ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

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

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VERSE

I'LL TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT JACK ONORY,
AND NOW MY STORY'S BEGUN.
I'LL TELL YOU ANOTHER, ABOUT HIS BROTHER,
AND NOW MY STORY'S DONE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME WITHOUT THE AID OF A BOOK QUITE OFTEN AT BEDTIME,
AFTER MY ATTEMPTS TO STAY UP LONGER STARTED TO ANNOY MY FATHER.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; INTERNAL RHYME ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ; RHYME: ABCB

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

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NURSERY RHYME

THERE WAS AN OLD CROW SAT UPON A CLOD
THAT'S THE END OF MY SONG. THAT'S ODD.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES WHEN I WAS SMALL. IT IS NOT
VERY COMMON, BUT IT IS SOMEWHAT HUMOROUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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JOHN AND MARY SITTING IN A TREE
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE
THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES JOHN
IN A BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN GRADE SCHOOL AS A TEASE ABOUT A COUPLE
EXPERIENCING PUPPY LOVE. KISSING WAS SPELLED OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

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

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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GRAFFITI

GOD SEES ALL

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RELIGION NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD AS OMNISCENT, ALL-SEEING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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ON PLYMOUTH ROAD THERE IS AN OLD CLOSED UP SANITARIUM
AND PEOPLE SAY IF YOU GO DOWN THERE AT NIGHT YOU CAN SEE
THE NUTS WALK AROUND INSIDE AND YOU CAN SEE PLATES WITH
SANDWICHES AND VASES WITH LIVE FLOWERS. PEOPLE SAY NUTS
STILL COME BACK THERE BECAUSE THEY LIKED IT SO MUCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEROGATORY TERM=NUTS ; INSANE PEOPLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 04-05-1972

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POLISH PROVERB

TO THINK ABOUT BLUE ALMONDS.

Submitter comment: POLISH: MUSLEC A NIEBIESKICH MIGDATACH.
USED WHEN ONE DREAMS OF SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE.
I LEARNED THIS FROM MY MOTHER.

Keyword(s): FOOD NUTS

Subject headings: --

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Belief: Animal

How to catch a Monkey:

The way to catch a monkey is to take a cocnut and druill a hole with a one inch diameter into it. Hollow out the coconut and fill it with nuts, and place it in a tree. A monkey will come and stick his hand in the hold to grab the nuts because of his greed. In fact, even when the monkey is caught, the coconut will have to be cracked from around the monkey's hand.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bait ; CATCH ; Coconut ; FOOD ; Monkey ; NUTS ; Primate ; Trap ; TRICK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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REALLY REALLY OLD GREASY RAG, AND PUT TWO WALNUTS IN IT. WHOEVER HAS THE WARTS MUST CARRY IT IN POCKET FOR TWO DAYS.
THEN AFTER THE DAYS, BURY IT DEEP IN GROUND AND CAN'T
TELL A SOUL WHERE YOU HID IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Bury ; CURE ; Grease ; Rag ; REMEDY ; SECRET ; Walnuts ; Wart

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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CIDER AND DONUTS

DURING THE FALL, WHEN APPLE CIDER IS PLENTIFUL, DONUTS
(USUALLY PLAIN) SHOULD BE EATEN WITH THIS DRINK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTUMN ; Cider ; Donuts ; Fall ; FOOD ; HARVEST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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