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THERE WAS A MAN UPON THE STAIRS,
GEE I WISH HE WASN'T THERE.
HE WASN'T THERE AGAIN TODAY,
GEE, I WISH HE'D GO AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER MANY YEARS AGO.

Data entry tech comment: YESTERDAY UPON THE STAIR, I SAW A MAN THAT WASN'T THERE.
HE WASN'T THERE AGAIN TODAY,
OH, HOW I WISH HE'D GO AWAY (THAT'S THE WAY I HEARD IT)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS CONTRADICTIONS QUATRAIN ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; REPETITION METER: IAMB. RHYME: IMPERFECT, DOUBLE ; RHYME AABB ; SLANG CONTRADICTION ; WISH GHOSTS FEAR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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THE BOY STOOD ON THE BURNING DECK,
EATIN' GOOBERS BY THE PECK.
THEN THEY FOUND THE STEAM WAS HOT,
HE PUT THE GOOBERS IN THE POT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GOOBERS=PEANUTS ; HUMOR, FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: IAMBIC ; QUATRAIN MONOLOGUE ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SLANG PARODY EATING

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

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ALL DRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO.
OH GEE, OH GOSH, I WISH I HAD A BEAU.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COUPLET ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AA ; WISH SLANG

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE GRASS IS RIZ,
WHERE LAST YEAR'S
CARELESS DRIVER IS.

Submitter comment: WRITTEN IN PARISH BULLETIN.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; DEATH ; DRIVING ; METER: IAMBIC ; MONOLOGUE SLANG, DIALECT ; PUN ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

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

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CHEER

UMBA SASSA, UMBA SASSA,
HIT 'EM IN DA HEAD WITH A BIG KILBASA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED IN POLISH HIGH SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment: KIELBASA=POLISH SAUSAGE

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): DIALECT, SLANG THREAT FOOD ; METER: TROCHAIC ; RHYME: FEMININE

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

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WE DON'T HAVE OUR BACKHOUSE ANYMORE,
THINGS ARE MIGHTY DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE.
ONCE I HAD TO GO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
I WAS SUCH A LITTLE FELLOW, I DIDN'T FIT RIGHT.
I TIPPED THE DARN THING OVER AND GOD! WAS I A SIGHT!
WE DON'T HAVE OUR BACKHOUSE ANYMORE.

Submitter comment: MY DAD OFTEN RECITED THE FOLLOWING NURSERY RHYME TO
MY SISTERS AND ME WHEN WE WERE SAD. IT ALWAYS BROUGHT
A SMILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT TOILET ; BACKHOUSE=PRIVY OUTHOUSE ; REPETITION SLANG HUMOR ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABBBA ; UNDERSTATEMENT OBSERVATION

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WE MUST, WE MUST,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.
THE BIGGER THE BETTER,
THE TIGHTER THE SWEATER,
WE MUST IMPROVE THE BUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANATOMY ; BOSOM BREAST ; FUNCTION GROWING UP ; MONOLOGUE SLANG DIALECT ; REFRAIN, QUATRAIN? ; RHYME: FEMININE, INTERNAL ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, AABBA

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

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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: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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ITALIAN TAUNT

DEGO THROUGH SNOW, DEGO THROUGH MUD,
AND WHEN DEGO FLAT,
DEGO WOP, WOP, WOP.

Submitter comment:

HE WAS IN MY ROOM EARLIER IN THE SEMESTER AND WE GOT TO
TALKING ABOUT TAUNTS AGAINST ITALIANS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY SLANG FOR ITALIAN: WOP, DEGO ONOMATOPOEIA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse in Other Group of Folklore C800.329

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VERSE

WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A FLAT, SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR
LITTLE BRAT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): MARRIAGE SLANG FOR CHILD

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

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VERSE AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

ROSES ARE RED,/ VIOLETS ARE BLUE/ WHEN I TAKE A SHOWER/ I THINK
OF YOU. DRIP, DRIP, DRIP SUSAN ADAMS

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; HOLY NAME GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSULT SLANG ; PARODY ; QUATRAIN FUNCTION ; RHYME: ABCBD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK VERSE.

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND CANNOT SEE,

PUT ON YOUR SPECS AND THINK OF ME.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN BY THE LADY NEXT DOOR WHO WAS ABOUT
SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WROTE IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME: AA ; WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): SPECTACLES GLASSES SLANG

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

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
TO A NICE KID, WHO ISN'T A SMOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG SHMOO JERK DOPE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE GREEN,
YOU'D THINK BETTER WITH SOME BRAINS IN YOUR BEAN. CK[ SLANG=BEAN FOR HEAD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT JAMES SCHOOL ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG=BEAN FOR HEAD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Roses are red and other such associations

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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2 SWEET
2 DRINK
4 ROSES

Data entry tech comment:

Updated 11.10.13 by TRD

James Callow comment:

WRITTEN AS AN ADDITION PROBLEM.

4 Roses is a wine/whiskey

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Wordplay, Mathematics, Addition, Slang

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

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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VERSE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

LISTEN, LISTEN, THE CAT'S PISSING.
WHERE? WHERE?
UNDER THE CHAIR.
RUN, RUN, GET YOUR GUN.
AWH SHIT, SHE'S ALL DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

James Callow Keyword(s): SCATALOGICAL SLANG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
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Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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VERSE

THERE WAS A LITTLE NIGGER,
AND HE WOULDN'T GROW NO BIGGER,
SO THEY PUT HIM IN A PEANUT SHELL.

Where learned: OHIO ; YOUNGSTOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): DEROGATORY SLANG

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

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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Language

FLAT ROCK IS CALLED BY DOWNRIVER PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN FLAT ROCK
LEVEL PEBBLE.

Submitter comment:

JUST RECENTLY.

A TOWN SOME 25 MILES SOUTH OO DETROIT, MICHIGAN.; FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN; THIS ITEM REFERS TO FLAT ROCK, MICHIGAN,

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD 02-22-2011

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE COMMENT?
CN[ PARTIPILO, FRANK 720870
C1[ 14909 STONEHAM
C2[ RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN 48192
CO[ JUST RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Keyword(s): Flat ; Language ; Level ; MICHIGAN ; Nickname ; Pebble ; Region ; REGIONAL ; Rock ; SLANG ; STATE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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WOP JOKE

QUESTION; WHY CAN'T AN ITALIAN SURF? ANSWER; BECAUSE HE'S WOP-SIDED

Submitter comment:

SINCE I'M ITALIAN SHE ENJOYED TELLING THIS ONE VERY MUCH. HER EYES
GREW AND A BROAD SMILE COVERED HER FACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): SLANG DEROGATORY

Subject headings: ITAL
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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