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ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST,
IF THE DEVIL DON'T GET YOU, "SING, SING" MUST.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

James Callow Keyword(s): PRISON AT OSSINING, NEW YORK

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

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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WHOEVER STEALS THIS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE,
WILL GRADUATE FROM SING SING COLLEGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PRISON IN OSSINING, NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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ONE BIG SPOON

WHEN I WAS A BOY, I WENT WITH MY FATHER, WHO WAS
A CANTOR, OR SONG LEADER FOR THE MASS, TO THE WESTERN
PENNSYLVANIA STATE PENITENTIARY - A MAXIMUM SECURITY
INSTITUTION. AFTER MASS WAS CELEBRATED AND WE HAD MET
SOME PRISONERS WHO BECAME OUR FRIENDS, WE USUALLY HAD
BREAKFAST IN THE PRISON CAFETERIA. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY
WE HAD TO EAT EVERYTHING WITH ONE LARGE SPOON. WHENEVER
I ASKED FOR A FORK, EVERYONE SMILED AND ONE OF THE
PRISONERS WOULD SAY, THAT THEY HAD NO FORKS OR KNIVES IN
THE RESTAURANT. LATER I FOUND OUT WHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CAFETERIA ; PRISON

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

FREEDOM FOR A BIRD IS MUCH NICER THAN TO BE IN A GOLDEN CAGE.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PRISON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- V244

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IN AFGHANISTAN, THE VARIOUS MOUNTAIN TRIBES PLAY A
POPULAR GAME. THE GAME GOES LIKE THIS.
THE MEN OF THE TRIBE, MOUNTED ON HORSEBACK, ARE EQUIPPED
WITH POLES THAT HAVE A LONG BLADE ON THE END. WHILE ON
HORSEBACK, THEY MUST KILL A YOUNG CALF WITH THEIR POLES
AND CUT OFF THE HEAD. THEN THEY MUST ROLL THE HEAD OF THE
CALF FROM ONE END OF THE FIELD TO THE OTHER, AND THEN
BACK AGAIN TO WHERE THEY STARTED. THE ONE IN POSSESSION
OF THE HEAD AT THIS POINT WINS THE GAME.

Submitter comment: SINCE THE SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN, THE AFGHANIS
NOW USE CAPTURED SOVIET POW'S FOR THIS GAME INSTEAD OF
THEIR CATTLE, WHICH THEY FEEL THAT THEY MUST CONSERVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BEHEADING ; SEVERED HEAD OF HUMAN USED AS BALL ; WAR PRISONERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- War

Date learned: 08-00-1987

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IF YOU WERE GETTING HUNT AND SOMETHING WENT WRONG WHILE THE
ROPE WAS AROUND YOUR NECK AND YOU DIDN'T GET HUNG, THEY
WOULDN'T TRY IT AGAIN, BECAUSE YOU WOULD DIE A 1000 TIMES
WHILE THE ROPE WAS AROUND YOUR NECK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PENAL CODE PRISON CRIMINAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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Autograph Rhyme

Autograph Book Rhyme:

Don't steal this book, my honest friend, for fear the gallows be your end. And when you die the Lord shall say, "Where is the book you wtole away?" But if you cannot tell, the Lord shall cast you into hell. Whoever steals this book of knowledge, will sweetly graduate from Sing-Sing College.

Submitter comment:

The autograph book this is taken from is collected from the years 1929-1933.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

BN [C760] is crossed out and the word FlyLeaf is written next to it.

Submission card located in a pile marked [?]

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BOOK ; Glanshaw

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; AUTOGRAPH ; FlyLeaf ; HELL ; Judgment ; PRISON ; RHYME ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): FlyLeaf

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

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ELECTROCUTIONS

IT IS A COMMON BELIEF, REINFORCED BY MOVIES AND TELEVISION
SHOWS, THAT THE LIGHTS IN A PENITENTIARY DIM WHEN A CONVICT
IS ELECTROCUTED.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Death Row ; Dim ; Electricity ; ELECTROCUTION ; JAIL ; Lethal ; Lights ; Penitentiary ; PRISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KIND OF FOOD AND ITS PREPARATION: MEAT

ONE OF THE UNIVERSAL IMAGES OF THE NEGRO, IN PRISON
AND OUT, WAS THAT HE COULDN'T DO WITHOUT PORK. IT
MADE ME FEEL GOOD TO SEE THAT MY NOT EATING IT HAD
ESPECIALLY STARTLED THE WHITE CONVICTS.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: PAGE 156 ; AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X ; GROVE PRESS INC

Keyword(s): Black ; DIET ; NEGRO ; Pork ; PRISON ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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