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HE LIT A MATCH,
TO CHECK HIS TANK.
THAT'S WHY THEY CALL HIM
SKINLESS FRANK.
BURMA SHAVE!

Data entry tech comment:

THESE SMALL, ONE LINE SIGNS, USED TO BE DISPLAYED AT INTERVALS
ALONG THE ROAD, SO THAT ONE COULD EASILY READ THEM WHILE
DRIVING ALONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING FOR MEN'S SHAVING PRODUCT ; ADVICE ; HUMOR, SATIRE ; METER: TROCHAIC ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCAD ; ROADSIDE ADVERTISING

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

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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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AN OLD GAELIC BLESSING

MAY THE ROADS RISE WITH YOU,
AND THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK;
AND MAY THE LORD HOLD YOU
IN THE HALLOW OF HIS HAND.

Data entry tech comment: HOLLOW?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): PRAYER BLESSING INDIRECTION

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

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FLOWERS MAY WITHER,
SONGS MAY DIE,
SOME WILL FORGET YOU,
BUT NEVER WILL I...

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; BATON ROUGE

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH VERSE? ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB ; SINCERITY INDIRECTION PLEDGE FRIENDSHIP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.325

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GRACE BEFORE MEALS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT,
GOOD GOD, LET'S EAT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TULIPS (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

TULIPS IN THE GARDEN/ TULIPS IN THE PARK
BUT THE TULIPS I LIKE BEST/ ARE THE TWO-LIPS IN THE DARK.

Submitter comment: UNTITLED AUTOGRAPH BOOK ASSEMBLED BY SHIRLEY POPPERT WITH
ENTRIES DATED JUNE, 1952

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION ; PUN ; QUATRAIN FLOWERS KISSING ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing

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AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREY,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN AWAY.

BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BROWN,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND TURN YOU DOWN.

BUT LOVE THE BOYS WITH EYES OF BLUE,
THEY KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.

Submitter comment:

UNDATED ENTRY IN KATHY CRACCHIOLO'S AUTOGRAPH BOOK KEPT IN
ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICHIGAN IN 1968.

James Callow comment:

; OBSERVATION ;

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): HUMOR ; KISSING ; OBSERVATION ; RHYME AA BB ; SURPRISE ENDING

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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AUTOGRAPH VERSE

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING
AND THE EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD;
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN
IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH BOOK OF
COLETTE BY A SCHOOLMATE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLESSING ; CHARM ; PIOUS ; PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; RHYME ABCB

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

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST,
IF THE DEVIL DON'T GET YOU, "SING, SING" MUST.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; GLENSHAW

James Callow Keyword(s): PRISON AT OSSINING, NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00001929-1933

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WHOEVER STEALS THIS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE,
WILL GRADUATE FROM SING SING COLLEGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PRISON IN OSSINING, NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD,
RANGERS ARE AS GOOD AS GOLD.
I'VE BEEN TOLD AND I BELIEVE,
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS LEAVE.
I WONDER WHERE THE YELLOW WENT,
WHEN THEY BOMBED THE ORIENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVERTISING FOR PEPSODENT TOOTHPASTE: ; WHEN YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH PEPSODENT ; YOU'LL WONDER WHERE THE YELLOW WENT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS WORK ETHIC

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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IF YOU DROP CANDY OR ANYTHING THAT IS GOOD ON THE GROUND, IF YOU
HOLD IT UP TO THE SKY (TO GOD) AND KISS IT, THEN THE GERMS WILL
BE GONE.

Submitter comment: KEITH HEARD THIS (AND DID IT IN PENNSYLVANIA) AND I HEARD AND DID
THE SAME THING IN MY CHILDHOOD IN DETROIT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): DISINFECT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-21-1972

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"EVERY DAY WE WOULD WALK DOWNTOWN TO TIEDKIES(IN TOLEDO, OHIO)
AND MEET
DAD WHERE WE'D BUY THE GROCERIES, LOOK AT THE ORGAN IN THE STORE, GO
THROUGH THE COFFEE DEPARTMENT AND SMELL ALL THE DIFFERENT SMELLS, AND
WATCH THE MAN PLAY THAT OLD ORGAN. PEOPLE WOULD NEVER THINK OF
WALKING THAT FAR NOW."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SINCE BURNED DOWN. ; TIEDKIES WAS A DEPARTMENT & GROCERY STORE. IT HAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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ST. ANTHONY

IF YOU LOSE SOMETHING, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AND YOU WILL FIND IT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MISPLACING OR LOSING THINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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COMPARISON

AS GRACEFUL AS A BULL IN A CHINA SHOP.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; DEFINITION ; HUMAN CREATION

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY CLUMSINESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

THE CRUELEST LIES ARE OFTEN TOLD IN SILENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; IRONY

James Callow Keyword(s): PARADOX ; SIN OF OMISSION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT EAT APPLES, IT WILL CAUSE HARM TO
THE CHILD.

Submitter comment:

HER MOTHER TOLD HER, OLD CROAATION BELIEF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APPLE AS ORIGINAL SIN SYMBOL ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-07-1970

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PROVERB

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE. WORK LIKE HELL AND ADVERTISE.

Data entry tech comment: PARODY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): BUSINESS ; INDUSTRY ; INITIAL ITERATION ; OBSERVATION ; PARODY

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

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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TANGLE TALK

NEVER TROUBLE TROUBLE
UNTIL TROUBLE TROUBLES YOU
FOR IF YOU TROUBLE TROUBLE
YOU'LL DOUBLE TROUBLE
AND TROUBLE OTHERS TOO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; INVOLVEMENT ; MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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