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MISS SUSIE

MISS SUSIE HAD A BABY,
SHE NAMED HIM TINY TIM,
SHE PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB,
TO SEE IF HE COULD SWIM.

HE DRANK UP ALL THE WATER,
HE ATE UP ALL THE SOAP,
HE TRIED TO EAT THE BATHTUB,
BUT IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN HIS THROAT.

MISS SUSIE CALLED THE DOCTOR,
THE DOCTOR CALLED THE NURSE,
THE NURSE CALLED THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

IN WALKED THE DOCTOR,
IN WALKED THE NURSE,
IN WALKED HE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

MUMPS SAID THE DOCTOR,
MUMPS SAID THE NURSE,
MUMPS SAID THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE. MM[
OUT WALKED THE DOCTOR,
OUT WALKED THE NURSE,
OUT WALKED THE LADY,
WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Submitter comment: ACCOMPANIED BY HAND-CLAPPING SAYS THE COLLECTOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): HAVE ALSO HEARD THIS AS A JUMP-ROPE RHYME.

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

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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IF SOMEONE SWEEPS YOUR FEET SPIT ON THE BROOM AND SAY YOUR NAME.
IT WILL KEEP YOU FROM GOING TO JAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF SPIT ; NAME MAGIC ; PREVENTIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

AS ODD AS KATE CARNEY'S CAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ANIMAL ; ANIMATED NATURE ; PROPER NAME

James Callow Keyword(s): ECCENTRICITY ; PERSONAL PROVERB

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BURN REMEDY

WHENEVER ANYONE BURNS ANY PART OF HIS BODY,
MY GRANDMOTHER URGES HIM TO IMMEDIATELY APPLY ICE.
THIS HAS MORE MEDICINAL EFFECT THAN BUTTER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER FIRMLY BELIEVES THIS REMEDY WHEN ANYBODY GETS BURNED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ICE, MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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BURNS

WHEN YOU BURN YOURSELF, IT IS BELIEVED
THAT YOU CAN RELIEVE THE PAIN
BY PUTTING BUTTER ON THE BURN.

Data entry tech comment: TWO SIMILAR CURES ARE IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUTTER, MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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REMEDY- PLANT

TO HEAL BURNS, YOU POUND OR PRESS THE JUICE OF A MALE FERN
AND SPREAD THIS ON A BURN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; GREENFIELD

Keyword(s): FERN, HEALING PROPERTIES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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CHEST PAIN

IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A CHEST PAIN
BUY A PINT OF WHISKEY, DRINK IT, THEN RUB YOUR CHEST
WITH THE EMPTY BOTTLE.
THE CHEST PAIN WILL GO AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER BELIEVES THIS
AND HAS PRACTICED THIS CURE MANY TIMES.
INFORMANT HAS SEEN HIM DO THIS SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WHISKEY, MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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VERSE FROM MURDER

LIZZY BORDON TOOK AN AX/
AND GAVE HER MOTHER FORTY WHACKS/
WHEN SHE SAW WHAT SHE HAD DONE/
SHE GAVE HER FATHER FORTY-ONE.

Submitter comment: THE FOLLOWING VERSE CAME ABOUT AFTER A FAMOUS MURDER TOOK PLACE.
I AM NOT SURE OF THE SPELLING OF THE NAME.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED BY KETPUNCHER

Where learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX ; NARRATIVE VERSE JUMP ROPE RHYME ; NONSEQUITUR ; RHYME: AABB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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DOWN BY THE RIVER

DOWN BY THE RIVER
DOWN BY THE SEA
JOHNNY BROKE A MILK BOTTLE
BLAMED IT ON ME.

I TOLD MA
MA TOLD PA
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN,
SO HA, HA, HA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): INITAL ITERATION ; JUMP ROPE RHYME ; RHYME: ABCB

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

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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VERSE

MINNIE MINNIE HA HA, WENT TO SEE HER PAPA,
PAPA DIED, MINNIE CRIED. MINNIE HAD A BABY,
CALLED HIM TINY TIM, PUT HIM IN THE BATHTUB
TO TEACH HIM HOW TO SWIM.
DRANK A GALLON OF WATER, ATE A BAR OF SOAP,
MINNIE CALLED THE DOCTOR, MINNIE CALLED THE NURSE,
MINNIE CALLED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.
OUT WENT THE DOCTOR, OUT WENT THE NURSE,
IN STAYED THE LADY WITH THE ALLIGATOR PURSE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE CAN ALSO BE ADDED ANOTHER VERSE BETWEEN LINES 9 AND 10.

Where learned: LIBRARY

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; BATHTUB VERSE MONOLOGUE ; JUMP ROPE RHYME

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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Language: Rhyme

Jump Rope Rhyme:

Down in the meadow where the green grass grows, there sat ____ sweet as a rose.

Along came ____ and kissed her on the cheek: How many kisses did she get?

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Entertainment ; Jump ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Play ; RHYME ; Rope

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

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PROVERB

THE MORE THERE IS OF MINE, THE LESS THERE IS OF YOUR'S.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE OR WHEN SHE FIRST HEARD IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTITHESIS ; CONTRAST ; PROPERTY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001967 (AUTUMN)

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ITALIAN GESTURE

WHEN ITALIANS MEET AND GREET EACH OTHER, THEY KISS EACH
OTHER ON BOTH CHEEKS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): COMMON EUROPEAN GESTURE.

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.1
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

IT SPINS AROUND BUT IS NOT SPINNING A WHEEL; IT CAN WALK A
ROPE BUT IS NOT A MONKEY.
-- A SPIDER.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: HOME ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): ROPE FOR WEB

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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Poor Wording

A number of GI's in England during the war decided to hold a horse race to keep up the morale of the base. For some reason they were short of active animals for the event. Now it happened that the local parish priest had a donkey and they obtained his permission to use it to make up the field. The donkey to the surprise of everyone came in third in the first race. Where upon the camp newspaper came out with the headline "Padre's Ass Shows."

This naturally caused no small scandal among the people of the parish and eventually reached the bishop. However, when called to ask about it by the bishop the padre managed to mollify the good man by explaining it was only an American slang expression. The next day a race was held and the donkey came in first. The paper then announced "Padre's Ass Out in Front."

This called for further episcopal disapproval, but again the padre succeeded in mollifying the bishop. The third day's race the donkey finished second and the paper reported "Padre's Ass back in Place." This was the last straw for the bishop and he ordered the priest to withdraw the animal from the race. The camp then came forth with the sad news: "Bishop Scratches Padre's Ass."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ B667 ] modified: the number zero is written over the seven. Additionally, the entire BN is crossed out and replaced with B660.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Anecdote ; Culture Clash ; DONKEY ; European ; GAMBLING ; HORSE ; Jest ; Language ; MILITARY ; NEWSPAPER ; PUN ; RACING ; RELIGION ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Entertainment: Game

London Bridge:

London Bridges falling down, falling down. London Bridges falling down, my fair lady. Take the key and lock her up, lock her up. Take the key and lock her up, my fair lady. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Everyone says the verse, two people hold each other's hands and walk around at Monday and when Sunday comes they put someone between them, swinging their arms back and forth and throwing the person away.

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C730.360, C523] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Submission card located in a pile marked C750 Jump Rope Rhyme

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Myself

Keyword(s): Bridges ; CHILDREN ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; London ; Playground ; Rhymes

Subject headings: -- .C750500

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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

Changing Bedrooms Number 1/ Changing Bedrooms Number 2/ Changing Bedrooms Number 3/ Changing Bedrooms Number 4/ Changing Bedrooms Number 5/ etc. etc.

Two people are jumping at opposite sides of the rope. They must switch places on every number.

Submitter comment:

Informant learned it from her friends.

Data entry tech comment:

motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out/replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILD ; Entertainment ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; Play ; RHYME

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

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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

Cinderella, dressed in yella,

went upstairs to kiss a fella

how many kisses did she receive?

(Hot pepper count until she misses)

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from the neighborhood kids.

Data entry tech comment:

motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out/ replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Entertainment ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; Play

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750 .560

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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs / Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers / Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the light / Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from her friends.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN crossed out / Replaced with C750.560

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILD ; Diversion ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Play

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

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Entertainment: Game

Jump Rope Song:

Not last night, but the night before, 24 robbers came knocking at my door. I went out (jump out of rope) to let them in (jump back in) and here's what they said to me:

"Spanish Dancer do the kicks, kicks, kicks, kicks, (jump with legs far apart)

Spanish Dancer do the splits, splits, splits, splits, (jump up with legs extended)

Spanish Dancer turn around, round, round, (turn rope)

Spanish Dancer Touch the ground, ground, ground. (touch the ground)

Submitter comment:

The informant learned it from the neighborhood kids

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C570] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Entertainment ; GAMES ; Jump Rope ; Play ; RHYME

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

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