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MY MOTHER WAS TAUGHT THIS POEM WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND SHE SAYS THAT SHE HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN IT: A WISE OLD O; SAT IN AN OAK,

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE, EXAMPLE ; CHIASMUS ; METER: ANAPESTIC DIMETER ; RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME: MASCULINE, INTERNAL, AABB

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

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN A FEATHER WEIGHS A POUND,/ WHEN A FOX SHALL CHOOSE A HOUND,/
WHEN THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END,/ THEN WILL I CEASE TO BE
YOUR FRIEND?

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME ANIMAL ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE FIRST LETTER IN YELLOW?
ANSWER: Y (MEANING WHY)
SECOND ANSWER : CAUSE I WANT TO KNOW.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH QUESTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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THE UNSEEN CAT RIDDLE

Q: HOW WOULD YOU SEE A BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS
AT MIDNIGHT?
A: YOU WOULD TURN ON THE LIGHT.

Submitter comment: ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL
TOLD TO INFORMANT BY HER 3RD GRADE TEACHER, MRS. CLAPPER.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; CATCH QUESTION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: BROTHERS AND SISTERS / I HAVE NONE,/ BUT THAT MAN'S FATHER/ IS MY
FATHER'S SON.
A: ME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: 8 OTHER EXAMPLES IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LITERAL ; PERSONS (A) ; PERSONS (Q) ; PUZZLE QUESTION

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

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

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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SONG

(G) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?"
(B) MY NAME IS LEMME."
(G) "LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?"
(B) " LEMME KISS YA."

(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME IS IDA."
(B) "IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "IDA WANTA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) "WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "MY NAME'S ALASKA."
(B) "ALASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?"
(G) "ALASKA MY MAMA."
REPEAT VERSE 1
(B) WHAT'S YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
(G) MY NAME IS OLLIE.
(B) OLLIE WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
(G) OLLIE-RIGHT}
(THEY KISS)

Submitter comment: CHILDREN'S SONG TO BE SUNG BY A GIRL AND BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PUNS ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S SONG

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW? DO THEY WOBBLE TO AND FRO?
CAN YOU TIE THEM IN A KNOT? CAN YOU TIE THEM
IN A BOW? CAN YOU THROW THEM OVER YOUR
SHOULDER LIKE A CONTINENTAL SOLDIER?
DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Keyword(s): EARS ; HYPERBOLE ; STRUCTURE: QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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CHILDREN'S SONG

OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, BILLY BOY, BILLY BOY
OH, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, CHARMING BILLY
I HAVE BEEN TO SEEK A WIFE
SHE'S THE JOY OF MY LIFE
BUT SHE'S A YOUNG THING, AND CANNOT
LEAVE HER MA.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ALL I CAN RECALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; SAINT MARK ; SAINT MARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S A
HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.
WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WELL FIX IT, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, FIX IT.
WITH WHAT SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I FIX IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW, DEAR LIZA,
DEAR LIZA, WITH STRAW.
WITH SHALL I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT SHALL
I CUT IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A KNIFE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A KNIFE, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A KNIFE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I SHARPEN IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A STONE, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A STONE,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A STONE.
WITH WHAT SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT
SHALL I WET IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH WATER, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH WATER, DEAR
LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WATER
WITH WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, WITH
WHAT SHALL I FETCH IT, DEAR HENRY, WITH WHAT?
WITH A BUCKET, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, WITH A BUCKET,
DEAR LIZA, DEAR LIZA, A BUCKET.
THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, DEAR HENRY, THERE'S
A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, DEAR HENRY, A HOLE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS SONG IN THE DAY CAMPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CHAIN SONG ; PURE DIALOGUE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

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"CERTAINLY LORD"

HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION ?
CERTAINLY LORD
HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION ?
CERTAINLY LORD
HAVE YOU GOT GOOD RELIGION ?
CERTAINLY LORD, CERTAINLY LORD
CERTAINLY, CERTAINLY, LORD

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG IN INSPIRATION BACK AND FORTH
FROM ONE MEMBER TO THE OTHER. USUALLY
ONE PERSON STARTS OFF ASKING THE QUESTION
PART OF THE SONG AND CAN ASK ANY
OTHER QUESTION IN SONG AND THE
MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH RESPOND WITH
"CERTAINLY LORD". IT CAN BE SUNG FAST OR
SLOW, WITH OUT MUSIC OR WITH IT.
HOWEVER, HAND CLAPPING AND FOOT
TAPPING IS ALWAYS ACCEPTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 02-13-1971

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PROVERB

HOW CAN UNINTELLIGENT PERSON APPRECIATE INTELLIGENCE IF HE DOESN'T
HAVE A BRAIN?

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECIEVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE

Data entry tech comment: FOR THE UKRAINAN TEXT SEE ORGINAL 5 X 8 CARD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): QUESTION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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LEMME KISS YUH

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS IDA.
IDA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
IDA'NT (DON'T) WANTA!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS ASKA.
ASKA WHAT LITTLE GIRL?
ASKA MY MOMMA!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE BOY?
MY NAME IS LEMME.
LEMME WHAT LITTLE BOY?
LEMME KISS YUH!

WHAT IS YOUR NAME LITTLE GIRL?
MY NAME IS OLLIE.
OLLIE WHAT LITTLE LITTLE GIRL?
OLLIE RIGHT! (PUCKER LIPS AND KISS THE AIR)

Submitter comment:

OBTAINED FROM CAMP STAPLETON ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO [1953]. ONE OF THE
COUNSELORS TAUGHT IT TO US AS WE SAT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
SINGING.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GESTURE ; KNOCK KNOCK JOKE ; QUESTION AND ANSWER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

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WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

WHO'S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET?
AND WHO'S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS?
AND WHO'S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS?
WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
PAPA'S GONNA SHOE MY PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.

IF PAPA'S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
THEN WHO'S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS?
AND WHO'S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS?
WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
MAMA'S GONNA GLOVE MY PRETTY LITTLE HANDS,
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.

IF PAPA'S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
AND MAMA'S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS,
THEN WHO'S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS?
WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
BROTHER'S GONNA KISS MY RED RUBY LIPS,
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.

IF PAPA'S GONNA SHOE YOUR PRETTY LITTLE FEET,
AND MAMA'S GONNA GLOVE YOUR HANDS,
AND BROTHER'S GONNA KISS YOUR RED RUBY LIPS,
WHO'S GONNA BE YOUR MAN?

I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
I DON'T NEED NO MAN.
THE ONLY, ONLY MAN I EVER DID LOVE,
IS ON THAT TRAIN AND GONE.

THE LONGEST TRAIN I EVER DID SEE,
WAS A HUNDRED COACHES LONG.
AND ON THAT TRAIN WAS THE ONLY, ONLY MAN.
AND ON THAT TRAIN AND GONE.

Submitter comment:

I learned this at camp.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CAMP ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE

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

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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VERSE

WANT A PENNY?
GO ASK AUNT GENNY.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CONNECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: PARENTS

Keyword(s): FAMILY ; FEMININE RHYME ; QUESTION AND ANSWER STRUCTURE ; RHYME: AA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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VERSE

ENGINE, ENGINE NUMBER NINE,
COMING DOWN THE CHICAGO LINE.
IF THE TRAIN SHOULD JUMP THE TRACK,
DO YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK?

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL LOBBY

Keyword(s): RAILROAD ; RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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VERSE

MOTHER, MOTHER, WHAT IS THAT
HANGING DOWN OLD GRANDMA'S BACK?
SHUT YOUR MOUTH YOU DIRTY THING,
THAT'S YOUR GRANDMA'S CORSET STRING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS SAID WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD DURING THE 1920,S

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DIALOGUE ; IMPROPRIETY ; QUESTION AND ANSWER ; RHYME: ABCC

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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CHILDREN'S RHYME

BIRDIE, BIRDIE IN THE SKY / DROPPED SOME WHITEWASH IN MY EYE.
AREN'T YOU GLAD THAT COWS DON'T FLY?

Data entry tech comment: LINES HAVE BEEN DIVIDED BY THE KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION HUMOR WISH METER EUPHEMISM ; RHYME: AAA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; FRIENDSHIP (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

WHEN A FEATHER WEIGHS A POUND,/ WHEN A FOX SHALL CHOOSE A HOUND,/
WHEN THE WORLD WILL COME TO AN END,/ THEN WILL I CEASE TO BE
YOUR FRIEND?

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION ; RHYME ANIMAL ; RHYME: AABB

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

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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CAMP SONG WHERE DOES THE WIND COME FROM?

WHERE DOES THE WIND COME FROM, DOES ANYBODY KNOW?
WHERE DOES THE WIND COME FROM, BEFORE IT STARTS TO BLOW?
ON SATURDAY NIGHT, WHERE DOES HE HANG HIS HAT,
DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE THE WIND IS AT?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTIONS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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EMISSION TRADITION

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

WHY FART AND WASTE IT WHEN YOU CAN BURP AND TASTE IT?

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHETORICAL QUESTION

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

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