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BILL HAD A BILLBOARD
HE ALSO HAD A BOARD BILL
BILL SOLD HIS BILLBOARD TO PAY FOR HIS BOARD BILL
THEREFORE, BILL'S BILLBOARD NO LONGER BORED BILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATES THE RHYME HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR A LONG
TIME AND WAS RELATED TO HIM BY HIS FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING NONSENSE ; HUMOR PUN INCREMENTAL REPETITION ; RHYME: ABBB ; TONGUETWISTER ; WORD PLAY, ITERATION (FINAL) ALLITERATION

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

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THE FROG

THE FROG IS A FUNNY ANIMAL
WHEN HE WALK HE RUN ALMOST,
WHEN HE HOP HE JUMP ALMOST,
WHEN HE SIT HE STAND ALMOST,
HE HAS NO TAIL HARDLY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; FINAL ITERATION ; HUMOR ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABBBC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.440

Date learned: 09-12-1965

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VERSE WITHOUT MUSIC "LUCY"

LUCY MET THE TRAIN
THE TRAIN MET LUCY
THE TRACK WAS JUICY
THE JUICE WAS LUCY

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; EUPHEMISM ; FEMININE RHYME ; FINAL ITERATION ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABBC

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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I HAD A GOOD JOB AND I QUIT

HIP HIP, HIP HIP
I HAD A GOOD JOB AND I QUIT
FIRST THEY FIRED ME,
THEN THEY FIRED ME,
THEN I GOT MAD AND I QUIT.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD IT IN HIGH SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RICHMOND

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; ITERATION ; NARRATIVE VERSE ; RHYME: ABBA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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JACK-BE-NIMBLE

JACK BE NIMBLE
JACK BE QUICK
JACK JUMPED OVER THE CANDLE STICK
AND BURNED ALL THE HAIR ON HIS LEGS.

Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; PARODY ; RHYME: ABBC

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

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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CHILDREN,S RHYME

SPRING HAS SPRUNGED,
THE GRASS HAS WHIZZED.
I WONDER WHERE THE BIRDIES IS?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMPERFECT RHYME ; RHYME: ABB ; SPRING IS SPRUNG VARIANT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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AUTOGRAPH ENTRY

BUTTER IS FAT
AND SO IS CHEESE.
HOW ABOUT A HUG OR A SQUEEZE?

Submitter comment: FOLLOWING IS FROM INFORMANT'S JUNIOR HIGH AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1929-1933

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PROPOSITION ; RHYME: ABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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LOVE

DEAR LOUISE:
I LOVE YOU LITTLE
I LOVE YOU BIG
I LOVE YOU LIKE A LITTLE PIG.
I DON'T MEAN PIG I MEAN WIG.

Data entry tech comment: ANY NAME COULD BE SUBSTITUTED INSTEAD OF LOUISE.

Where learned: OHIO, ASSUMED ; Norwalk

Keyword(s): RHYME: ABBB

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; INITIAL ITERATI6N

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Humorous allusion to love

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

I WISH YOU LUCK,
I WISH YOU JOY,
I WISH YOU FIRST A BABY BOY.
AND WHEN HIS HAIR BEGINS TO CURL,
I WISH YOU THEN A BABY GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): BIRTH ; INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: ABBCC

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

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE

CHOOSE NOT YOUR FRIENDS
FROM OUTER SHOW --
FOR FEATHERS FLOW
AND PEARLS LIE LOW.

Where learned: KANSAS ; HUDSON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RHYME: ABBB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse
Z210

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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