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THE MONKEY'S DISGRACE

THREE MONKEYS SAT UNDER A COCONUT TREE,
DISCUSSING THINGS AS THEY ARE TO BE.
SAID ONE TO THE OTHER, NOW LISTEN YOU TWO,
THERE IS A CERTAIN RUMOR THAT CANNOT BE TRUE.
THAT MAN DESCENDED FROM OUR NOBLE RACE,
THE VERY IDEA IS A DISGRACE.
NO MONKEY EVER DESERTED HIS WIFE,
STARVED A BABY OR RUINED A LIFE,
AND YOU HAVE NEVER KNOWN A MOTHER MONK
TO LEAVE HER BABIES WITH OTHERS TO BUNK.
OR PASS THEM ON FROM ONE TO ANOTHER
TILL THEY SCARCELY KNOW WHO IS THEIR MOTHER.
ANOTHER THING YOU WILL NEVER SEE;
A MONK TO BUILD A FENCE AROUND A COCONUT TREE.
AND LET THE COCONUTS GO TO WASTE,
FORBIDDING ALL OTHER MONKS TO TASTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IRONY SARCASM ; JUDGMENT ON HUMAN RACE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.327

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND THE HOLY
GHOSTEST,
HE WHO EATS THE FASTEST GETS THE MOSTEST
RUB A DUB DUB
THANKS FOR THE GRUB
YEAH GOD!

Submitter comment: WE USED TO SAY THIS IN THE BOY SCOUTS WHEN WE WERE ABOUT
ELEVEN OR TWELVE YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Keyword(s): GRACE BEFORE MEALS ; PRAYER PARODY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN GOD MADE A NEGRO,
HE MADE THEM AT NIGHT,
HE MADE THEM IN THE BASEMENT,
AND FORGOT TO TURN THEM WHITE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR RACE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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DINNER PRAYERS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT, GOOD GOD LET'S EAT
RUB A DUB DUB, THANKS FOR THE GRUB YEEEAAA GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MOCK GRACE

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

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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TOAST

THROUGH THE TEETH AND OVER THE GUMS,
LOOKOUT STOMACH, HERE IT COMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; MOCK GRACE BEFORE EATING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT'S BLACK OUTSIDE AND WHITE INSIDE?
DEARBORN

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM CLASSMATE AT ST. ALPHONOUS
HIGH SCHOOL IN DEARBORN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EXCLUSION OF BLACKS FROM DEARBORN, MICHIGAN HOUSING ; RACE SEGREGATION ; SATIRE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
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Date learned: 09-27-1967

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BIRTH CONTROL METHOD

IF A WOMAN PUTS A BANDAID OVER HER NAVEL SHE WON'T BECOME PREGNANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRACEPTION ; HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

WHEN GOD MADE A NEGRO,
HE MADE THEM AT NIGHT,
HE MADE THEM IN THE BASEMENT,
AND FORGOT TO TURN THEM WHITE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; RACE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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BLACK RACE SAYING

IF YOU'RE WHITE, THEN YOU'RE RIGHT.
IF YOU'RE BLACK, THEN GET BACK.

Submitter comment:

EVIDENTLY THIS IS A POPULAR SAYING IN CHILLICOTHE, OHIO,
WHERE THE INFORMANT IS FROM, AMONG BLACK PEOPLE. THE
BLACK PEOPLE THERE ARE EXTREMELY LIGHT COMPLECTED AND
MOST OF THEM PASS AS WHITE. SO THE "GETTING BACK" REFERRED
TO IN THE ABOVE SAYING ROUGHLY MEANS ACT WHITE, OR MARRY
SOMEONE WHO IS WHITE, ETC. SO THAT YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED
WHITE INSTEAD OF BLACK. INFORMANT SAID MOST PEOPLE IN
CHILLICOTHE ARE BLACK, BUT PASS AS WHITE (I.E., MOST
PEOPLE HAVE BLACK BLOOD IN THEM, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE
EXTREMELY LIGHT--SO THEY ALSO MUST HAVE WHITE BLOOD
IN THEM).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; RACE ; RHYME

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

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IF A WHITE PERSON HAS A DREAM ABOUT A BLACK
PERSON IT MEANS SOMEONE IS VERY JEALOUS OF THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RACE RACIAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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Jack and Jill went up the hill to have a little fun.
But stupid Jill forgot her pill, and now they have a son.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HEMLOCK

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRACEPTION

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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WHEN MY MOTHER'S OLDER BROTHER WAS ASKED TO SAY THE PRAYER
OVER DINNER, HE WOULD SAY, "GOOD BREAD, GOOD MEAT, GOOD GOD, LET'S
EAT!" THIS BLESSING WAS NOT RECEIVED FAVORABLY WITH HIS CHURCH OF
CHRIST PARENTS!

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): GRACE

James Callow Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION

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

Date learned: 00001940S

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Language

Grace Parody:

Our Heavenly Fahter

Holy Ghost

Whoever eats the fastest

Gets the most!

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Eat ; GRACE ; JOKE ; Language ; PARODY ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PRAYER ; PUN ; RHYME ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

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

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YOU CANNOT GET PREGNANT IF YOU SLEEP ON YOUR LEFT SIDE
AFTER INTERCOURSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRACEPTION ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Expression

Proverbial Comparison:

Like a bull in a china shop

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bull ; China ; Clumsy ; Expression ; Graceful ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Shop ; SIMILE ; Store ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

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Play on Words

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

A contraceptive is a labor-saving device.

Submitter comment:

A joke he had remembered from work.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and Bn added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional. Do not file yet.

Where learned: D' ; Anna, Ben

Keyword(s): CHILDBIRTH ; Contraceptive ; Labor ; PUN ; SEX

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Language: Rhyme

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

If you're white you're right.
If you're brown stick around.
If you're black get back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Black ; Brown ; COLOR ; Ethnicity ; Language ; RACE ; RACISM ; Racist ; RHYME ; Saying ; SKIN ; White

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
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AARDVARK---MEANS A WHITE PERSON DEEMED ACCEPTABLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; DAYTON

Keyword(s): COLOR ; RACE ; SLANG ; Slur ; White

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 06-00-1971

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LE GNOMME ROUGE

THE CITY OF DETROIT HAS A FRENCH ORIGIN. BOTH CADILLAC AND
FATHER RICHARD GREATLY AIDED THE CITIES FOUNDING. BOTH OF
THESE MEN WERE ADVISED BY 'LE GNOMME ROUGE.' THIS LITTLE
MAN HELPED IN MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS . MANY OF THE CITIZENS
SAW HIM FROM TIME TO TIME. HE WAS LAST SEEN IN 1806 DURING THE
DETROIT FIRE AND IN 1943 DURING THE RACE RIOTS. AT THAT TIME,
SOME CITIZENS SAW HIM, OPENLY SOBBING, WALKING THE STREETS
OF DOWNTOWN. BILL GORMAN HEARD THIS, I WOULD THINK, FROM TRADITIONAL
SOURCES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Cadillac ; Detroit ; ETYMOLOGY ; FESTIVAL ; FRENCH ; Gnomme Rouge ; Legend ; Nain Rouge ; Origin ; RACE ; Riots

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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BELIEF ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

A RAWHIDE BRACELET IS GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIEND
AS A TOKEN OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR KNOTS.
ONE THE BIGGEST, IS A SQUARE KNOT REPRESENTING SOME EVIL.
THE OTHER THREE REPRESENT IN ORDER, YOUR FRIEND, YOURSELF
AND A WALL. THIS IS SAID TO MEAN THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE YOUR FRIEND
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE EVIL HEAD ON, BECAUSE YOUR FRIEND IS IN
FRONT OF YOU, AND THE WALL IS BEHIND YOU.
IT WAS SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WEAR THESE BRACELETS FOR A PERIOD OF
ONE YEAR, OR UNTIL THEY ROTTED OFF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): Bracelet ; FRIENDSHIP ; Friendship Bracelet ; JEWELRY ; Knot ; SIGN ; SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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