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COMMON DENONINATOR

NO MATTER HOW HIGH AND GREAT THE THRONE
WHAT SITS ON THE SEAT IS THE SAME AS YOUR OWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM FOR BUTTOCKS ; HUMILITY ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME:AA

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

Date learned: 11-14-1968

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THE BOY EATING APPLES

THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK/EATING APPLES BY THE PECK/
THE FLAMES CAME WAY UP TO HIS CHIN,/
AND STILL HE STUFFED THE APPLES IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Keyword(s): RHYME:AABB

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

Date learned: CA00001920

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

THE ROSES ARE RED,/THE VIOLETS ARE DEAD,/THE SUGAR BOWL IS EMPTY,/
AND SO IS YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): INSULT ; RHYME:AABA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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VERSE

I ASKED MY MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS,/
TO SEE THE ELEPHANT JUMP THE FENCE,/ HE JUMPED SO HIGH, HE
TOUCHED THE SKY,/ AND DIDN'T COME BACK 'TILL THE 4TH OF JULY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Highland

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE ; MARVELS ; RHYME:AABB

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

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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RHYME

PEACHES, PEACHES/ MY NOSE ITCHES,/ SOMEONE'S COMING/
WITH A HOLE IN THEIR BRITCHES.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): FEMINE RHYME ; ITERATION ; RHYME:AABA ; STRAINED RHYME?

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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NURSERY RHYMES

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR/ HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH/ LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUR MOTHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE ; RHYME:AABB

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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LYRICAL VERSE DEATH

HERE LIES THE BODY OF SOLOMON PEASE.
UNDER THE DAISIES, UNDER THE TREES.
BUT PEASE ISN'T HERE, ONLY THE POD
PEASE SHELLED OUT AND WENT HOME TO GOD.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): EPITAPH COUPLETS DEATH VEGETABLES-PEAS METAPHOR PUN-SLANG ; RHYME:AA

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 04-02-1968

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GOOD, BETTER, BEST,
I WILL NEVER REST,
UNTIL THE GOOD IS BETTER,
AND THE BETTER, BEST.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED BY THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS IN FIFTH GRADE AT ST.
MICHAEL'S SCHOOL IN SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN. SHE RECITED IT, ALONG WIT
OTHER SAYINGS, EVERY DAY BEFORE HER MATH CLASS. THE TEACHER'S NAME
WAS SISTER CONRADIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): AMBITION ; ASSONANCE ; FINAL ITERATION ; RHYME:AABA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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