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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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BAR SONG

AT THE BAR, AT THE BAR,
WHERE I SMOKED MY FIRST CIGAR,
AS THE NICKLES AND THE DIMES ROLLED AWAY.
IT WAS THERE BY CHANCE,
THAT I LOST MY SUNDAY PANTS,
AT THE BAR, AT THE BAR ONE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): APPARENTLY A MILITARY SONG

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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IF YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS TO YOUR PARENTS, WHEN YOU DIE YOUR
HANDS WILL COME OUT OF THE GROUND AND EVERYONE WILL STEP ON
THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; PARENTAL RESPECT ; RETRIBUTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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BETTER THAN SPANKING

IN THAILAND, MANY PARENTS FEEL THAT INSTEAD OF SPANKING THEIR
CHILDREN, A MORE EFFECTIVE PUNISHMENT FOR A SERIOUS MATTER IS TO
MAKE THE CHILD LIE UNDER THE BED FOR A WHILE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): PARENTS CHILDREN PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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TELL YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; GIRL CHANGING HER NAME (CLASSIFIER'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

Date learned: 11-03-1968

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NO TITLE SUPPLIED

DAD: I SURE WISH YOU'D STOP REACHING FOR
THINGS. DON'T YOU HAVE A TONGUE.
SON: YES, BUT MY ARM IS LONGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): ABSURD ; CHILDREN ; DIOLOGUE ; EATING ; HUMOR ; PARENTS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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GHOST STORY

"A LITTLE BOY GOT KILLED BY A TRAIN WHEN HE WAS PLAYING
ON SOME RAILROAD TRACKS. HE HAD BEEN TOLD NOT TO PLAY
ON THE TRACKS. THE TRAIN HIT HIM REAL HARD AND PULLED HIM
FOR A REAL LONG WAY. THE TRAIN CUT HIS BODY UP INTO
HUNDREDS OF PIECES. HIS MOM AND DAD WENT UP AND DOWN THE
TRACKS PICKING UP HIS BODY PARTS. IF YOU LISTEN AT NIGHT
AT THE TIME THE BOY WAS KILLED, YOU CAN HEAR HIM CALLING
TO HIS MOM AND DAD. HE SAYS,'MOMMY, HERE'S A PIECE OF ME.
AND HERE'S ANOTHER PIECE OF ME.'"

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SHAMOKIN

Keyword(s): DISOBEYED PARENTS

James Callow Keyword(s): DISMEMBERMENT BY MISFORTUNATE ACCIDENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001934CA

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Every old crow
Thinks its baby white as snow.

Submitter comment: This proverb was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
as a way of dismissing praise given to children by
their own parents.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): sarcasm, humor, parental pride

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL METAPHOR ; BIRD ; COLOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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OLD SAYING

THE WAY YOU RAISE 'EM, THAT'S THE WAY YOU GET 'EM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER TOLD HIM THIS AND HIS GRANDFATHER TOLD
HIS FATHER THIS. IT'S AN OLD SAYING THAT'S BEEN PASSED
DOWN IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDREN PARENTS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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FORMULA SPEECH FOR CLEANING UP PLATE

"TWO-THIRDS OF THE WORLD IS STARVING."

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR HEARD THIS OFTEN IN HIS CHILDHOOD IF HE HAD LEFT FOOD
ON HIS PLATE AT THE COMPLETION OF A MEAL.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

James Callow Keyword(s): PARENTAL REBUKE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CALL A COUPLE WHO PRACTICES
THE RHYTHM METHOD?
ANSWER: PARENTS

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Keyword(s): PARENTS (A) ; RHYTHM (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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RIDDLE

QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU CALL CATHOLICS THAT PRACTICE RHYTHM?
ANSWER: PARENTS

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PARENTS (A) ; RHYTHM (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Goats Feet

There was a girl who liked to dance and socialize very often. Her parents objected so she used to sneak out of the house. One day her mother caught her and put a curse on her. If she went out of the house to go dancing again her feet would turn to goat's ffet. She didn't believe her mother. Next time she went out her beau picked her up and off they went. When she went to get out of the car, she looked down and her feet had turned to goat's feet. The moral is: listen to your parents.

Submitter comment:

Polish Tale (Written across the top of the card)

Co - Feet of girl turned into feet of goat when/after she is cursed by her mother for dancing. (written on an attached card that listed motifs. Signed by M. Butzen

Data entry tech comment:

Non-numbered motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs Number [B600] crossed out and B642 written nest to it.

Collector's note of Polish Tale is crossed out.

Why Polish is written at the bottom of the card, then crossed out and followed by: B. Fagan says this is a Polish FolkTale.

A separate card is attached with motif numbers listed. Bottom of card is signed by an M. Butzen.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Dancing ; DATING ; Fable ; FAMILY ; FEET ; Goat ; Moral ; PARENTAL RESPECT ; PARENTS ; POLISH ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; Teenager ; YOUTH

James Callow Keyword(s): POLISH

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

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Ethnic: Ukraine

Wedding Custom:

Among the Ukrainians it was customary for an older couple called "starosty" represesnting the young man, to ask the parents of the girl for her hand in marriage. If she accepted the offer, she would tie around them a specially embroidered long cloth - "rushnyk."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Cloth ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; MARRIAGE ; PARENTS ; Proposal ; UKRAINIAN ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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Language

Baby Bunting:

By bye baby bunting, daddy's gone a hunting, for to catch a rabbit skin to wrap the baby bunting in.

Submitter comment:

My mother repeated this to my brothers and sisters and myself when we were very young. It was told to her when she was a child. It is a small verse used to explain the absence of father when the child asks where he is.

Data entry tech comment:

Added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Verse?

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; infant ; Language ; Parent ; Prose ; RHYME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

Spare the rod, spoil the child

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300, V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

KW:EZX

Keyword(s): CHILD ; DISCIPLINE ; Parenthood ; PUNISHMENT ; Raising ; Rearing ; Rod ; Spoil

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): CHILD ; DISCIPLINE ; Parenting ; PUNISHMENT ; Rod ; Spare ; Spoil

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Toast

may your children have rich parents.

Submitter comment:

She heard this from a Polish disk jockey who was from Chicago.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; fortune ; PARENTS ; POLISH ; Riches ; Social ; TOAST ; WEALTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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Proverb

A daughter is a daughter for the rest of your life, but a son is only a son until he gets a wife.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DAUGHTER ; Inequality ; Maxim ; Parent ; PROVERB ; RHYME ; Son ; VERSE ; Wife

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

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Proverb

Children should be seen and not heard.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V200] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Hear ; Heard ; Maxim ; Parenting ; PROVERB ; Rearing ; See ; SEEN ; Sight ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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