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THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN FROM THE CITY,
WHO MET WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A KITTY.
HE GAVE IT A PAT
AND SAID, "NICE LITTLE CAT!"
THEY BURIED HIS CLOTHES OUT OF PITY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FUNCTION AND GENRE: LIMERICK ; HUMOR ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ANTICLIMAX QUINTAIN ; RHYME: AABBA, FEMININE ; SKUNK ; SOUND: DACTYLIC TETRAMETER ; SUBJECT: ACCIDENTS, ANIMALS ; UNDERSTATEMENT IRONY

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

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THREE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM, WENT TO SEA IN A BOWL; IF THE BO; HAD BEEN STRONGER,

Submitter comment: HEARD IN SCHOOL.

James Callow comment: RDNeedsReview

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ACCIDENT NONSENSE ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN ; RHYME: ABCC ; RHYME: FEMININE, REPETITION ; SATIRE UNDERSTATEMENT EPITAPH LAMENT

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

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MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMP
SHE FILLED IT WITH BENZINE.
SHE WENT TO LIGHT HER LITTLE LAMP,
AND HASN'T SINCE BENZINE (BEEN SEEN).

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): IAMBIC METER WORD PLAY ; PARODY NURSERY RHYME ; PUN ACCIDENTS GORE ; SURPRISE ENDING, NUTSHELL NARRATIVE QUATRAIN

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

SHALL I TELL YOU A STORY
ABOUT JACK AND HIS GLORY?
SHALL I BEGIN IT?
THAT'S ALL THAT'S IN IT.

SHALL I TELL YOU ANOTHER
ABOUT JACK AND HIS BROTHER?
SHALL I BEGIN IT?
THAT'S ALL THAT'S IN IT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS RECITED IN TWO PARTS AS SHOWN BY THE BREAK I PUT IN BETWEEN.
THE FIRST JUMPER ENTERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST PART AND EXITS
AT THE END OF IT. THE SECOND JUMPER DOES THE SAME THING FOR THE
SECOND PART.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

James Callow Keyword(s): JACK-A-NORY ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE IN VERSE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.560 BB C82

Date learned: 00001960S

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WELLERISM-- SWIFTIE

NO NO YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY OF MY LOBSTER, HE SAID SHELLFISHLY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN ; SHELLFISH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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LEGEND OF WARDING OFF A BEATING

WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG
AND YOU DON'T WANT TO BE BEATEN BY YOUR MOTHER
PULL OUT ONE OF YOUR EYELASHES AND PUT IT UNDER A ROCK.
IT MUST BE A ROCK OR IT IS NO GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE TRIED IT UNDER A CONCK SHELL AND IT DID'NT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONCH SHELL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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A SHORT BIOGRAPHY

I,LL TELL YOU A STORY
OF OLD HUNKY DORY
NOW MY STORY,S BEGUN.
I,LL TELL YOU ANOTHER
OF OLD HUNKY,S BROTHER
AND NOW MY STORY IS DONE.

Submitter comment: CHILDHOOD

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FEMININE RHYME ; NARRATIVE VERSE ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ; RHYME: AABCCB

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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RHYME OF MOCKERY

SUSIE AND JOHNNY SITTING IN A TREE, MM
K-I-S-S-I-N-G. MM
FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE,/
THEN COMES JOHNNY WITH THE BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: ALWAYS SUNG AS A TYPE OF MOCKERY AND KIDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIRE SHORES, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; KISSING ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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VERSE

I'LL TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT JACK ONORY,
AND NOW MY STORY'S BEGUN.
I'LL TELL YOU ANOTHER, ABOUT HIS BROTHER,
AND NOW MY STORY'S DONE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME WITHOUT THE AID OF A BOOK QUITE OFTEN AT BEDTIME,
AFTER MY ATTEMPTS TO STAY UP LONGER STARTED TO ANNOY MY FATHER.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; INTERNAL RHYME ; NUTSHELL NARRATIVE ; RHYME: ABCB

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

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NURSERY RHYME

THERE WAS AN OLD CROW SAT UPON A CLOD
THAT'S THE END OF MY SONG. THAT'S ODD.

Submitter comment: THIS RHYME WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES WHEN I WAS SMALL. IT IS NOT
VERY COMMON, BUT IT IS SOMEWHAT HUMOROUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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JOHN AND MARY SITTING IN A TREE
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
FIRST COMES LOVE
THEN COMES MARRIAGE
THEN COMES JOHN
IN A BABY CARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN GRADE SCHOOL AS A TEASE ABOUT A COUPLE
EXPERIENCING PUPPY LOVE. KISSING WAS SPELLED OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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GRAFFITI

GOD SEES ALL

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RELIGION NUTSHELL NARRATIVE

James Callow Keyword(s): GOD AS OMNISCENT, ALL-SEEING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

Date learned: 11-18-1968

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Belief: Animal

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Belief in Oysters:

Oysters make a man sexually potent.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P500, N245.8] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; APHRODISIAC ; BELIEF ; Male ; Oysters ; Potent ; Prowess ; SEX ; Sexuality ; SHELLFISH ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
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Jump Rope Rhyme

Blue Bells, Cockle shells,

Evy, Ivy Over

First comes love

Then comes marriage,

Here comes (name of jumper) with a baby carriage.

 

(For blue bells to ive - the rope swings back and forth, the jumper jumping over it. On over, the regular turning begins.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; Blue Bells ; Carriage ; Cockle Shells ; Entertainment ; GAME ; Ivy ; Jump ; Jump Rope ; Language ; MARRIAGE ; RHYME

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

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Custom

Grammaw's Average Day:

"...go milk the cow and put the milk in the springhouse...churn sum buttermilk 'n make the butter...'n make a batch of hominy...rest a little whilst shelling peas...hoe and weed the garden 'n carry sum vegetables back to the cabin...take sic Mandy Lou sum soup on the next farm 'n gather sum herbs to doctor wid later on...shell sum butterbeans...gather sum pears 'n make sum preserves...git the aigs outta the nests 'n get the goat outta the garden...cook three meals a day."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Boiling and Baking ; Booger Hollow

Keyword(s): ; Average ; Beans ; Chores ; CUSTOM ; Day ; Domestic ; Excerpt ; FARMING ; GARDEN ; Goat ; Grandma ; Narrative ; Peas ; Prose ; Shell ; Story ; VEGETABLE ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

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BELIEF

ALWAYS CRUSH EGG SHELLS COMPLETELY BEFORE THROWING THEM AWAY.
IF YOU DON'T THE SHELL HALVES WILL PROVIDE A SHELTER FOR
DANGEROUS SPIRITS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Eggs ; GHOST ; Shells ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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