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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR,
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER
PUPIL AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; PARODY ; PARODY OF POEM: MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ; RHYME: AABB

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

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LEGEND

THERE WAS A GUY WHO USED TO BEAT UP HIS WIFE ALL OF THE TIME.
WHEN HE DIED, SHE HAD NIGHTMARES THAT HE CAME BACK TO HER. AFTER
TWO NIGHTS OF DREAMS LIKE THIS, SHE WENT TO HER PRIEST AND TOLD HIM
ABOUT THE DREAMS. THE PRIEST DIDN'T BELIEVE HER. SHE TOLD HIM THAT
HER HUSBAND KEPT SAYING, "I WANT TO TALK TO YOU," AND HIS FACE HAD
BEEN SURROUNDED BY FLAMES. SO THE PRIEST GAVE HER SOME PAPER AND
TOLD HER TO PUT IT ON THE DESK. THEN NEXT TIME HER HUSBAND
APPEARED SHE SHOULD TELL HIM TO WRITE ON THE PAPER WHAT HE WANTED
TO TELL HER. SO NEXT TIME HER HUSBAND CAME, SHE TOLD HIM TO WRITE
HIS MESSAGE DOWN. HE TRIED TO WRITE IT DOWN AND THE PAPER BURNED
UP BECAUSE HIS ARMS WERE SURROUNDED BY FLAMES, TOO. IT WAS USELESS.
SO YOU KNOW WHERE HE WAS FROM. HE WAS CONDEMNED. EVERYONE IN TOWN
KNEW THIS STORY. IT HAPPENED IN SAN PANCHO, IN MEXICO.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A STORY WHICH WAS TOLD AS IF IT WERE TRUE, AND NOT JUST A
LEGEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): HELL ; NIGHTMARE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
Q522 Q522.13

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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TWO DEAD BOYS

ONE AFTERNOON, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
TWO DEAD BOYS STARTED TO FIGHT.
A DEAF POLICEMAN HEARD THE NOISE;
AND BEAT THE LIFE OUT OF THE TWO DEAD BOYS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Keyword(s): Abuse ; Afternoon ; Boys ; Dead ; DEAF ; DEATH ; FIGHT ; LIFE ; Night ; Opposite ; PARADOX ; POLICE ; RHYME ; RHYME ; Story ; Tale

James Callow Keyword(s): TANGLETALK

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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LEGEND

WHEN WALKING DOWN SACRED HEART SQUARE ON U OF DETROIT'S CAMPUS LATE
AT NIGHT, ONE CAN SEE THE ARMS OF THE STATUE AT ONE END OF THE SQUARE
MOVE UP AND DOWN AND THE HEAD MOVE BACK AND FORTH, AS IF IT
DISAPPROVES OF THE HAPPENINGS ON CAMPUS.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): IMAGE NIGHT

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

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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ONCE A KING ALWAYS A KING, BUT ONCE A NIGHT IS ENOUGH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; INTERCOURSE ; PUN ON KNIGHT

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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PAUL REVERE'S DASH

TWAS' THE 18TH OF APRIL IN '75,
HARDLY A MAN IS YET ALIVE
WHO REMEMBERS THAT FAMOUS DAY AND YEAR
OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE.
UP THE ALLEY AND DOWN THE STREET,
A TWENTY-YARD DASH FOR THE TOILET SEAT.

Submitter comment: SHE FIRST HEARD IT IN A SEVENTH-GRADE CLASS FROM ANOTHER PUPIL AT
OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL IN 1961.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY--POEM COMPARE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE ANTI-CLIMAX ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 11-13-1968

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"LADY IN WHITE"

IN THE WOODS ON BELLE-ISLE, ONE
COULD GO TO A TREE STUMP MARKED
CR + TL. STOP YOUR CAR, FLASH YOUR
LIGHTS THREE TIMES, SHUT THEM OFF, GO
OUTSIDE TO YOUR LEFT FRONT TIRE, KICK
IT THREE TIMES, GO BACK INTO YOUR CAR
AND BEEP YOUR HORN THREE TIMES. THE
LADY IN WHITE WILL APPEAR TO YOU. DO THIS
ONLY AT THE BEWITCHING HOUR.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT A TEENAGE HOMECOMING PARTY.
IT WAS SAID THAT THE LADY IN WHITE WAS
A GIRL WHO GOT KILLED BY HER BOYFRIEND ON
HOMECOMING AND (HE) STUFFED HER IN THE TREE STUMP
AND MARKED THEIR INITIALS. SHE WAS WEARING
A WHITE GOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MIDNIGHT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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Washing your clothes after the sun sets will bring good luck
the next day. Washing your clothes during the day will bring
bad luck on the following day, but only if those same clothes
are worn.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dusk, Night

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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Ethnic Joke: The Height of Ingratitude

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A poor decrepit Irishman, with a large family, was out of work and broke. He needed $50 very badly. He applied to his priest who advised him to search for work and pray, and he would find it. A week went by without results so the Irishman decided to appeal to the Lord directly. He wrote a stirring tearful letter asking for $50. he addresses the letter to the Lord God in care of Heaven, and mailed it, but did not put a stamp on it.

The postman, thinking it was only a child's letter, opened it and after reading same [sic] was deeply touched by the appeal. That night he took the letter with him to the Masonic Lodge meeting and brought it to the attention of the lodge in session. They promptly voted him $25, and they sent it to the Irishman.

A few days later the postman found another letter similar to the one addressed without a stamp. He opened it and read: Dear God, Thanks for the money, but please - next time send it by way of the Knights of Columbus because the goddamned Masons stole half of it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word IRISH is written in the top left corner of the submission.

Submission card located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHARITY ; GIFT MONEY ; HUMOR ; INGRATITUDE ; Irish ; IRISHMEN ; Knights of Columbus ; Masons ; MONEY ; POVERTY ; Stereotype ; STUPIDITY

James Callow Keyword(s): Irish

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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Destiny

Apache Indians will never attack at night, because if they are killed at night their souls will be damned to limbo.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Attack ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Limbo ; Native American ; Nighttime ; Soul ; WAR ; Warrior

Subject headings: BELIEF -- War

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Belief: Animal

Snake won't die until after sundown.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Night ; Serpent ; Snake ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Retort

Your teeth are like stars. They come out at night.

Submitter comment:

This is a sarcastic retort used when a person has had a sarcastic remark directed towards them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; Night ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; STARS ; TEETH ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language: Games

Q: I STAND ALONE UPON A ROCK/ THE ANGRY WAVES I DAILY MOCK/
THE SHIPS THAT PASS ME IN (THE) NIGHT/ ARE SAFELY GUIDED BY MY LIGHT
A: A LIGHTHOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING ; GAME ; Guide ; Language ; LIGHT ; Lighthouse ; Night ; RHYME ; RIDDLE ; Rock ; Ship ; TRANSPORTATION ; VERSE

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

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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Autograph Rhyme

Album Rhyme:

When evening pulls its curtains,

and pins it with a sstar,

Remember you have a friend indeed,

no matter where you are.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Curtains ; Devotion ; DISTANCE ; Evening ; Friend ; Night ; Pin ; poem ; RHYME ; Signature ; Sky ; Star ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Verse

Good night

Sleep tight

Don't let the bed bugs bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Keyword(s): ; Bed Bugs ; Bite ; Lullabye ; Night ; RHYME ; SLEEP ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Verse

Nightime Safety:

Sleep tight so the bed bugs don't bite.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Bed ; bugs ; Nighttime ; SAFETY ; Saying ; SLEEP ; Tight ; VERSE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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A BABY CONCEIVED AT NIGHT WILL BE BORN AT NIGHT, WHILE A
BABY CONCEIVED DURING THE DAY WILL BE A GIRL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; Born ; CONCEPTION ; MORNING ; Night ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; Time of day

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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RED CLOUDS AT NIGHT,
SHEPARD'S DELIGHT.
RED CLOUDS IN THE MORNING,
SHEPARD'S WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Clouds ; Clouds ; COLOR ; Delight ; FARMING ; METEOROLOGY ; MORNING ; Night ; OMEN ; Portent ; Red ; Shepard ; SIGN ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU'RE GOING TO KISS A FOOL BEFORE
MIDNIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Fool ; Itches ; KISS ; MIDNIGHT ; NOSE ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

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Superstition

If you eat something bizarre before going to bed, you will have nightmares.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Keyword(s): Consume ; Dream ; FOOD ; Nightmares ; SLEEP ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

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