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THERE WAS A YOUNG FELLOW NAMED WIER,
WHO HADN'T AN ATOM OF FEAR.
HE INDULGED A DESIRE,
TO TOUCH A LIVE WIRE.
(MOST ANY LAST LINE WILL DO HERE.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE ; HUMOR LIMERICK ; INDIRECTION ; METER: IAMBIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBA ; STRUCTURE, PATTERN AND FORM ; SUBJECT SOUND RHYME: ; TONE AND POINT OF VIEW

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

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TAUNT

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN
TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR PLANET.

Submitter comment: THE TIME IS NOW FOR MEN TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE WHAT
HAS TO BE DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANAPESTS ; GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY. ; PARODY: ON TYPING EXERCISE: NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY
OF THE BURNING OF THE SCHOOL.
WE HAVE TORTURED ALL THE TEACHERS,
WE HAVE BROKEN ALL THE RULES.
BEATEN MOM AND DAD IN A DIRTY GAME OF POOL,
AND THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC PARODY

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

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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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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HI HO, HI HO,
I KICKED MY TEACHER'S TOE,
SHE KICKED ME BACK,
O, WHAT A CAT,
HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ON SONG FROM "SNOW WHITE." ; TUNE OF "HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO"

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HI HO, HI, HO,
IT'S OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO,
TO STUDY JUNK,
THEN TO FLUNK,
HI HO, HI HO, HI HO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): PARODY ON SONG FROM "SNOW WHITE." ; TUNE OF "HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO"

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HERE COMES THE BRIDE,
ALL DRESSED IN WHITE,
STEPPED ON A TURTLE
AND DOWN FELL HER GIRDLE.

Submitter comment: RECITED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARODY OF WEDDING MARCH

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

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GRACE

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER,
AND OF THE SON,
AND OF THE HOLY GHOST;
HE WHO EATS THE FASTEST
GETS THE MOST!

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM SOME SEMINARIANS IN SPRING
OF 1966.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY OF PRAYER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.370

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GRACE

RUB-A-DUB-DUB,
THANKS FOR THE GRUB.
YEAH! GOD!

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM SOME SEMINARIANS IN SPRING
OF 1966.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PARODY OF PRAYER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.370

Date learned: 00001966 SPRING

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, THREE POTATO, FOUR,
FIVE POTATO, SIX POTATO, SEVEN POTATO, MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A COUNTING SONG PERFORMED BY A GROUP OF PERSONS
WHO HAVE EXTENDED THEIR HANDS SHAPED INTO FISTS TO A PERSON
WHO COUNTS AS HE SAYS THE RHYME. THE PERSON WHOSE FIST IS
TOUCHED ON THE WORD EIGHT MUST PUT THAT FIST BEHIND HIS
BACK AS THE PROCESS OF COUNTING CONTINUES. THIS IS A
GAME USED AS A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION TO SEE WHO IS
"IT" FOR A GAME OF TAG.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): ON THE COUNT OF EIGHT,--ON THE WORD "MORE"--PUT YOUR FIST BEHIND YOUR BACK.

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

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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NEVER TROUBLE TROUBLE,
UNTIL TROUBLE, TROUBLES YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION TO THE POINT OF BECOMING A TONGUETWISTER

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

Date learned: 10-16-1972

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A DRIVER'S NIGHT PRAYER

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP,/ I PARKED MY CAR ACROSS THE STREET.
AND IF IT ROLLS BEFORE I WAKE,/I PRAY THE LORD TO PULL THE BRAKE.

Submitter comment: TAKEN FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; QUATRAIN ACCIDENT AUTOMOBILE PARODY OF PRAYER ; RHYME: AABB

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

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VERSE (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

NEEDLES AND PINS,/ NEEDLES AND PINS,/ WHEN YOU GET OLDER,/ YOUR
TROUBLE BEGINS. P.S. DON'T COME TO ME.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): LOSS OF YOUTH ; REPETITION ; RHYME: AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Cynical insight

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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TELL YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TELL YOUR MOTHER TO HOLD HER TONGUE,/FOR SHE LIKED BOYS WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG./ TELL YOUR FATHER TO DO THE SAME,/ FOR HE WAS THE ONE
WHO CHANGED HER NAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CENSURE OF PARENTS ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Girl changing her name

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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION

MM[ ON THE SHORES OF GICHIGOMI,
COME ON BY AND SOCK-IT-TO-ME.
U R A Q T
I N V U

Submitter comment: UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK
KEPT IN ST. CLAIR SHORES MICH. IN 1968

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): PARODY OF HIAWATHA ; TROCHAIC TETRAMETER ; TYPOGRAPHICAL VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK RHYME

MM[ ROSES MAY WITHER.
ROSES MAY DIE.
FRIENDS MAY DECEIVE YOU,
BUT NEVER WILL I.

Submitter comment: FROM INFORMANT'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK, JUNIOR HIGH 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): FRIENDSHIP ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; PROMISE OF FAITHFULNESS ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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AN AUTOGRAPH

MM[ THE ROSES ARE WILTED,
THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,
THE SUGAR BOWL'S EMPTY,
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Submitter comment: I GOT THIS FROM MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY DAVE. IN 1961

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL

MM[ ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
THE SHORTER THE DRESS,
THE BETTER THE VIEW.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SHOULD GO DOWN AS A CLASSIC IN THE ANNALS OF AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB ; SEX

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

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VERSE

MM[ ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
THE LORD SURE MADE A CRAZY ONE,
WHEN HE MADE YOU.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN AN AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1938

Data entry tech comment: LINES DIVIDED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSULT ; PARODY OF " ROSES ARE RED..." ; RHYME: ABCB

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

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IN FLORIDA THEY GROW ORANGES,
IN CALIFORNIA TOO.
BUT ONLY OUR DEAR MICHIGAN
CAN PRODUCE A PEACH LIKE YOU!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABCB ; LOCATION

James Callow Keyword(s): IN PLACE OF MICHIGAN ANY STATE OR PLACE COULD BE LISTED.

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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