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LYRICAL VERSE-CHILDREN'S RHYME

I WISH I WAS A LITTLE PIECE OF SOAP.
I WISH I WAS A LITTLE PIECE OF SOAP.
I'D SLIPPY AND I'D SLIDEY OVER EVERYBODY'S HIDEY,
I WISH I WAS A LITTLE PIECE OF SOAP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HIDEY=SKIN BODY

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

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WHAT TIME IS IT?

WHAT TIME IS IT? TIME TO GET A NEW WATCH. THIS REBUKE CAME
FROM MAUREEN'S HIGH SCHOOL DAYS AT MERCY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ASKING TIME OF DAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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WHAT TIME IS IT?

WHAT TIME IS IT? HALF-PAST KISSIN' TIME, TIME TO KISS AGAIN
MAUREEN'S GRANDFATHER JOE LANNEN AN 87 YEAR OLD WIDOWER WAS HER
INFORMANT. HE IS OF IRISH DESCENT AND RESIDES AT 14545 WOODMONT
IN DETROIT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ASKING TIME OF DAY

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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IRISH SUPERSTITION

IF YOU WASH YOUR FACE IN DEW ON THE FIRST
DAY OF MAY, YOU WILL BE BEAUTIFUL.

Submitter comment: IN TELLING THIS, THE INFORMANT RECALLS ACTUALLY
WASHING HER FACE IN DEW ON MAY 1ST, AND ENDING
UP WITH A TERRIBLE RASH AND A FEW VISITS TO
A DERMATOLOGIST.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): BAD RESULTS FROM SUPERSTITIOUS PRACTICE ; IRONY ; SKIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 09-23-1969

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Some people say that a man of dark color is crazy about a
high yellow, but high yellow will throw you, and when
you come home, there will be another mule kicking in your
stall. A brown skin girl is the best gal after all.

Where learned: VIRGINIA

James Callow Keyword(s): African-American color of skin

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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CRAMPS:
CAPESCUM, RED PEPPER TEA

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): CAPESKIN? CAPSKIN? IF SO, A SHEEPSKIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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Proverb

All the water I bathe with doesn't go on my skin alone.

Submitter comment:

Meaning: All my good fortunes are not mine alone, Others benefit from it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The A in All and the first letter of each last name on the card are each underlined.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Bathe ; BODY ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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All the water I bathe in doesn't go on my skin.

Submitter comment:

All the benefits I get from being in this world doesn't/don't help me alone. -Interpretation. Told by mother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word Proverb is crossed out as a title.

The letter A in All is underlined twice.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bathe ; BODY ; Maxim ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; WATER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Retort

You're so skinny, you can dodge raindrops.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; Raindrops ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; SIZE ; Skinny ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

You're so skinny, if you turn sideways and stick out your tongue, You'll look like a zipper.

Submitter comment:

From his brother, Joe.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

[To What?] is written next to the title.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; SIZE ; Skinny ; Wisecrack ; Zipper

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

Beauty is only skin deep.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; Depth ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beauty is only skin deep

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beauty is only skin deep.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; Deep ; Depth ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Beauty is only skin deep.

Submitter comment:

From - Uncertain

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replacedw ith current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; BEAUTY ; Deep ; Depth ; Looks ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; SKIN ; Superficial ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Food: Recipe

Cracklin-Bread:

Take hog skins and render in a hot oven. Pour off the grease. Put through a grinder and season cornbread with it. Bake in hot oven.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bake ; BREAD ; COOK ; Cornbread ; Cracklin ; Fat ; FOOD ; Grease ; Hog ; Pig ; RECIPE ; SKIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

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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
Filter - Mature Content

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Use baby urine on your face to remove pimples and keep your
skin smooth.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; Waukegan

Keyword(s): BABY ; Home Remedy ; Homeopathy ; Pimples ; Skincare ; URINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

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YOUNG NEGRO CHILDREN WERE ONCE TAUGHT NOT TO DRINK COFFEE
BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE THEM DARK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Coffee ; Coffee ; COLOR ; Dark ; Pigmentation ; SKIN ; SUPERSTITION ; WARNING

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR OF SKIN COMPLEXION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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